We didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition

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While traditionalist Catholic blogs are under attack in a concerted Lent campaign to assert the new order, Rabit is proud to have not been left out.  The Sacred Congregation for Settling Scores has sent round the men with pickaxe handles and put the frighteners on this faithful traddy Rabit, suggesting I take down the Vatican flag because it makes the Donkey blog look too Catholic. I also received a letter from Rome:

Dear Herr Rabit,

It cannot  have escaped your attention, as indeed it hasn’t escaped mine, that your traditionalistluvvlyblog is under scrutiny in our Lent clean-up campaign.

We have silenced some people already: Deacon Nick Duffelcoat with his mad ideas about protecting Catholic teaching and Fr Grunwick’s Mutual Entrenchment confusing the faithful by providing intelligent liturgical comment.

While you may find it fun to play with the “new media”, which can be a helpful tool of evangelisation, they can also be used for un-reflected speech lacking in conformity to the new reality.  While some may ask, “who am I to judge?” it is nevertheless my job to judge, to exercise vigilance over these blogs and, where necessary, to intervene.

When the men with pick axe handles arrive, it will be no good saying you didn’t expect the Liberal Inquisition.

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mässtrousers
Prefect, Sacred Congregation for Settling Scores

For those readers of this blog who have no idea what this post is about, here is some background.  Deacon Nick Donnelly who ran the highly successful Protect the Pope blog has been silenced by his bishop.  Fr Hunwicke is a priest in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, and his blog is largely about liturgical matters, but it has come under attack from Cardinal Müller in Rome, who heads the Inquisition.  This is what he said about traditionalist blogs in the Ordinariate:

“The prefect went on to issue a word of warning about the potential problems caused by the “new media”, particularly through blogs. He said that some of the ordinariate clergy and faithful wrote blogs, which, while being a helpful tool of evangelisation, could also “express un-reflected speech lacking in charity”. The image of the ordinariate was not helped by this, he said, and it fell to the ordinaries to exercise vigilance over these blogs and, where necessary, to intervene.”

Catholic Herald, Thursday, 6 March 2014

Update 11 pm Sunday

This blog post was provided as a temporary measure while the proper Catholic satirist was woefully slow getting out of bed on this First Sunday in Lent.  Eccles has now produced a blog post on this matter: Protect the Deacon.

Oh what the heck: here’s the Father Ted rabbit scene. Just see the bishop as Cradinal Müller.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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4 Responses to We didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition

  1. I wasn’t expecting the Inquisition. It’s really got my goat.

  2. Is there in fact any evidence that Cardinal Muller was talking about Fr Hunwicke? I wouldn’t have thought so. Particularly bearing in mind that until quite recently His Eminence was being ably assisted by Mgr Pat Burke who was Pope Benedict’s bag man in dealings with the Ordinariate.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    Hello B,

    I see you have come up as “Anonymous” again. (Prolly wise with the Spanish Inquisition on the prowl…)

    I am training Morris with a bit in his mouth at present. Will blog on it next. He is doing quite well. So far, just putting in the bit and taking it out, getting him used to it.

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