Friday, August 11, 2017

ABS is gonna miss you for a fortnight

He will be in Maine eating the best lobster and crab meat in the world because clear icy cold water and he will be drinking copious amounts of quality  cabernet and Sam Adams Summer Ale and hiking on Mt. Desert Island and renewing old friendships and reading some great books.

O, and ABS will be giving the camp gas stove a serious workout as he puts the old cast iron pan through its paces (the inside of the pan is as smooth as the ass of the Bride was when she was in her 20s) and he'll be demonstrating to his male friends who is still the master of the range.

O sure, he fully expects you will run oft to your favorite blogs just as soon as he turns his back but 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Evel Papacy

Famous Daredevil and Double Secret Pope

In a stunning new development today, citizens of Tradistan began rioting and burning thousands of old copies of Mediator Dei when the news reached them that, according to the famous sedevacantist brothers, Tom and Dick Verbo, Pope Pius XII was not the last real Pope because, it has been shown with prolly 52% moral certitude, that the so-called Pope Pius XII was part of a sinister plot to turn the active part of the Papacy over to the American Stunt man, Evel Kneival because, The Dude knows how to grab the spotlight and make scads of dough while Pius XII kept the contemplative part of the Papacy * in which he just chilled and hid out, remaining a recluse inside the Vatican as he quietly brooded, but after breakfast he'd perk up and begin mischievously making shadow puppets of Kaiser Wilhelm II falling off a horse and getting crushed by a clown riding a motorcycle much to the amusement of curial officials who had a reputation for drinking very early in the day.

The Double Secret Pope chose the Latin name, Evel Kneival (EK), which means Evangelical Knight, and he braved all to capture the hearts and minds of AmCatholics who like flashing things and dashing heroes but the great man was brought low when he crashed trying to jump back over Vatican Two and restore the good old days when, as EK put it;  priests didn't talk like fags and kneeling was King.

After the crash, the double secret Pope's popularity waned and even though he never actually officially promulgated anything of note, he was famous for saying, Watch this sedes, this is what will happen to you just when you think you are clearing the insurmountable hurdle of The Four Marks of the visible Church while soaring like an eagle...

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - On this Easter Sunday, we take a look at some very rare religious treasures in New Orleans at MS Rau Antiques on Royal Street.
News with a Twist Reporter Kenny Lopez went to MS Rau Antiques to check out these magnificent items! These rare religious treasures were once worn by Pope Paul VI, and the cross originally belonged to Pope Pius XII.  When Pope Paul VI visited the United States in 1965 he gave the cross and ring to the United Nations to auction off with all the money going to help people in poverty.  They raised 64-thousand dollars, and now the jewels are worth 1.9 million dollars!


  • The piece was a gift to the United Nations in 1965 from Pope Paul VI
  • He hoped that the proceeds from the sale of the cross would contribute to the UN's work
  • The cross originally belonged to Pope Pius XII ** and was a gift to Paul VI
  • Once owned by Pope Pius XII, Pope VI, United Nations, and daredevil Evel Kneival
  • Circa 1890-1900 7 long x 4 wide
  • 4" wide x 7" length, 18 carat gold with Colombian emeralds, 60 carats in gems, with Old European cut white diamonds including an 1.88 carat, a 7.75 carat, four 5-6 carat stones and numerous 3-4 carat stones.


  • A stunning 13.50-carat European cut diamond centers the opulent ring
  • The piece was a gift to the United Nations in 1965 from Pope Paul VI
  • The ring originally belonged to Pope Pius XII and was a gift to Paul VI
  • The ring features an exquisite Chi Ro engraving as well as inlaid diamonds and rubies on the shank
  • Once owned by Pope Pius XII, Pope Paul VI, the UN, and Evel Kneival
  • Circa 1920
Peter Hernandez, the Jewelry Sales Manager at MS Rau Antiques said they feel blessed to have this bling.  "People are just amazed to be able to see it, and touch it.  You're not going to find this unless you go to a museum or the Vatican itself,  Historically, this is a very important piece," he said.

*  Pope Pius XII never had any intention of leaving the Papacy which is why his ring was never destroyed.

The acting Prime Minister of Tradistan,  the French Traditionalist, D'Artagnan "Foie gras" DuBois, said today in response to the news:  I can't believe it, Pius XII a fake Pope too?  Man, we wuz Jewed....So that means that Pope Pius XI was the last real Pope which means we have been headless since 1939.

Damn...I gotta bust out the Chartreuse. I don't care that it is only 6:00 AM.

** Silvestriano Sinistre "Inky" Incavaglia believes that Pope Pius XII may still be alive and in support of that belief he cites the work of the well-known Vaticanologist and conspiratorialist, Giuseppe "Tiny Toes" Ferrarese who, although not at the time under oath, mysteriously said, I ain't ever seen his dead body, capiche? 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Early Voting

ABS lives in Wellington, Florida where we Wellingtonians pride our own selves on being not only up to date but well advanced past the actual date.

We Wellingtonians are forward looking - as can be seen by our concerned furrowed brows * - and prolly more enlightened and compassionate then the rest of you who do not live in horse country or have an Aero Club subdivision as part of your town.

And so it was yesterday that ABS participated in early voting ** in the 2018 POTUS Election when he did not cast his vote for an official candidate - because voting is a joke - but wrote in the name of a good Christian he loves and trusts.

* As he was sitting for a bust, our town father, Wallace "Wally Walleye" Wellington, caught a glimpse of a young woman on a horse, riding upon it entirely nekkid in our town's annual Coventry Day Festivities.

Mimicking Lady Godiva, the lubricious lady was poised side-saddle on the great beast and as one-half of the men lining each side of the street cheered, Hurray for our side," Ol' "Wally Walleye" shot his wife the crook eye and run oft after the lithe lady and he never returned to Wellington.

**    ABS voted for his Mum because like most women born in Vermont, she has reached that age (early 90s) where she sorta looks like Maurice Chevalier.         

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

When the going gets tough, some faithful get weird

Bling, Bling, Fisherman’s Ring!

The latest public photograph of Pope Benedict helpfully provides another visual reminder of his failed partial abdication of the Petrine Ministry: Full frontal display of the Fisherman’s Ring.
fishermans ring
We have previously demonstrated by weight of the evidence, and declared with moral certainty, that Pope Benedict is still the sole living pontiff. This is due to his intention to bifurcate the papacy into an expanded ministry with two living members, one active/governing member and one passive/contemplative member.  It is this novel impossibility, attempting to alter the intrinsic nature of the Divinely Instituted Petrine Ministry, that renders invalid Benedict’s attempted partial abdication, as it clearly rises to the level of Substantial Error as foreseen by Canon 188.

Yeah, right. One problem with this claim is that it was pre-debunked in 2015:

The unexpected resignation of Benedict XVI. and 
the election of Pope Francis brought some 
changes. The Official Ring of Benedict XVI. was 
not broken. The ring plate was only cut and thus rendered unusable. On a smashing, so an interpretation has been omitted because the
 pope had indeed waived his office, but is still

Well, what do the nasty tricksters at the putative 
 satanic Vatican have to say about Papal Rings?

The Pope's ring

The Pope’s ring
The Pope's ring is also called the Piscatory Ring or Annulus Piscatoris. The ring is part of the Pope's regalia.The Pope’s ring is also commonly referred to as the Ring of the Fisherman. The Pope is the leader of the Catholic Church and the successor of Saint Peter who used to be a fisherman before he became Christ's disciple. The ring used to depict a bas-relief of Peter fishing on a boat It is a special ring that is worn by the pope who is the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. According to the tradition of the Catholic Church, Saint Peter was a fisherman but later became a “fisher of Men” bringing the word of Christ to the people. All the apostles were named “fishers of men"(Mark 1:17).
Originally, the Fisherman’s Ring was a signet which was used to seal official documents signed by the pope. The private correspondences of the pope were sealed by the use of the Fisherman’s Ring while the public documents were sealed by stamping a different papal seal onto the lead that was attached to the respective document. During the 15th century, the use of the Fisherman’s Ring changed and it started to be used for sealing official documents referred to as papal briefs. This practice ended in 1842, when the lead sealing was replaced with wax.
The Pope’s ring is normally given to the newly elected pope during the inauguration mass. It is the Dean of the College of Cardinals who slips the ring on the third finger of the newly elected Pope’s right hand. The newly elected pope chooses which design of the Fisherman's ring to wear. Mostly, the Fisherman’s Ring is made of silver or gold. The ring is worn on the right hand of the pope and it depicts a bearded St. Peter holding a pair of keys. One key is a representation of the power in heaven while the other key shows the spiritual authority of the papacy on earth. The Pope’s ring indicates the role of the pope as a “fisher of men”.
According to the tradition of the Catholic Church, the pope’s ring is supposed to be smashed with a specially designed silver hammer once the pope leaves office. This is because the Vatican states that “Objects strictly tied to the ministry of St. Peter must be destroyed”. However, this is no longer enacted and most of the Pope’s rings are either kept in the Vatican museum for posterity or they are worn by the pope’s successors. The ring was used in the past as a seal for the pope’s private documents, yet currently it remains a symbol of the papal authority and responsibility. Since it is no longer used as a seal there is no longer a need to have it destroyed upon the pope’s resignation or death.
The Pope’s ring symbolizes the pope’s authority over the Catholic Church's community. Also it represents the shepherd’s mission of placing the lost, sick or weak sheep on his shoulder. When a pope is elected, a new ring is cast for him. However, some popes have defied using the new ring designed specifically for them and instead opted to use the ring used by their predecessor.
Through the centuries it has become traditional to kneel in front of the Pope and kiss his ring thus showing respect and acknowledging him as the successor of St. Peter. What do you think about this tradition? Would you like to kiss the Pope's ring?

Emily, did you know that Pope Pius XII didn't wear his ring after his Installation Ceremony - does that men he was not Pope ?

ABS can't remember where he first read that but he did find one source for that claim- the infallible wiki:

The pope's ring is not to be confused with the papal seal, which is what the pope uses to seal documents. The Fisherman's Ring is no longer used to seal anything. Except Pope Benedict XVI, who chose to wear his at all times, the ring had not been seen being publicly worn by a pope since the papacy of Pope Pius XII, who refrained from wearing it once his election ceremonies had been concluded.

* Hey, ABS, didn't you post a response at non veni pacem?

Why, yes, ABS did post a response that said essentially 
what was said here.

Why didn't the blog owner approve your response and let it be posted?

Dunno. All ABS can write in response to the question is 
that ABS is not afflatic and so he can never be sure what the intent of another is.....

But, ABS, doesn't the blogger at non veni  pacem do exactly that - claim to know what others intended even when those others, like Ratzinger, publicly and repeatedly, state he 
resigned the Papacy of his own free will and was not pressured?


So, the blogger knows the intent of Ratzinger far better than Ratzinger does...

Well, you have to remember that Ratzinger is an old white man
so there's that...

Well, I hope that blogger doesn't refuse other responses you have made to other claims made there...

Too late for that hope...

Hey, non veni pacem has to do with not bringing peace, right?

Yep, and the authority at the blog does seem not to want let Ratzinger have any peace judging by his captious claims and 
repeated accusations...