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Pope Francis’ New $50 Max. Anti-Bribery Rule Is Beyond Laughable As It Applies To Cardinals.


Click here to access the original ‘Catholic News Agency’ article.


Yes, of course, we all know it is wrong, BUT that is how the Vatican has operated, unchanged, unchecked since time immemorial (or, if you want to start getting pedantic, for at least the last 1,700-years). Yes, yes, yes. There have been various anti-corruption & ‘bannish simony‘ efforts, rules & laws for the years, BUT they have all, always, been conveniently ignored.

The curia could not, would not, exist but for corruption & bribes. That is just the way things happen, the way things are done.

Cardinals, in particular, rely on these stuffed, white envelopes, full of high-denomination dollar bills, to exist. Without these bribes they would have to abide by the constricts of poverty. That would never do.

It gets funnier & funnier. The U.S. resident cardinals are the BIGGEST culprits when it comes to bribing curial staff — whether they be curial cardinals, archbishops, bishops, monsignors or lesser.

This is a joke. The pope is trying to be FUNNY.

How can be stop it? Pray tell me. OK. They will stop accepting fat, white envelopes in PUBLIC, at the Vatican. So, what? This is hilarious. Laugh. It is good for you. I did. I still laugh when I think of this.


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Roman (Vatican) Curia, With Names (In English), At-A-Glance, by Br. César J. Tobón — May 2021.

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Click to ENLARGE. In English.

Br. César J. Tobón now (as of last August)
does an English version.


August 2020 (in English) for COMPARISON.


Copyright of this beautiful document belongs to Br. César J. Tobón.

This is an update to the August 2020 chart. Lots of valuable information.

We also have previous charts. Search on ‘curia‘, on this BLOG, to find them.

Also please check the wonderful Consistory images by Br. César J. Tobón.


Click on icon to download the May 2021 images as a small (clean) PDFs.


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Is This A ‘Marian Apparition’?

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I am not sure. That is why I am asking. Sure looked like her when I first saw it. [No, I did not go down on my knees. I did not want to give her the wrong impression.]

I know she likes me, but then again …. Can you blame her. She used to be human.

Well, let me know.


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Last Time Easter Was On April 4, As In 2021, Was In 2010 — 11-Years Ago.

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Click to ENLARGE.

When Easter has fallen & will fall.


Frequency of the year gaps between Easter on the same day.

Note that 11-years is the most common — & the ’11’ here has to do with the 7-days in a week coupled with leap-years every 4-years.

This table from Stjerneskinn.com.


Easter, your quintessential ‘movable feast’ can fall between March 22 (since it HAS to be after the Spring Equinox) and April 25 (i.e., essentially the 28-day lunar month).

So, this year’s April 4 Easter is towards the start of that range — actually quite early. Easter on April 4 hasn’t happened that often, though we have had it happen 3-times in 23-years.

April 4 is my eldest daughter’s birthday. She was born in 1989. So, she has had Easter on her birthday 3-times, counting this year

Easter is next Sunday.

Last time Easter was on a Sunday was last year. SMILE.


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I Can’t Be Sure That Giving Up ‘Facebook’ For Lent Is Really Kosher.

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Click here for the ‘Pinterest’ account from where I got the unannotated image for the above.


The other day a friend of mine, a devout Catholic, told me that he could not leave comments on my ‘Next Pope’ posts right now because he had given up Facebook for Lent. For a second I thought he was joking. Pulling my leg. But, he wasn’t.

I genuinely was taken aback. Seemed sacrilegious. Truly like a joke. Trivializing something that Catholics used to be quite serious & earnest about.

As some of you know, despite all my pope-related endeavors, I have never been a Christian, let alone a Catholic. I was born a good Heathen & I am now a Reformed, Born-Again, Heathen.

But, over the years I have spent much time with Catholics. One of my wife’s was a Catholic — & my two eldest kids were baptised & confirmed. One even went to a private Catholic school. So, I know a bit about Lent.

Giving up Facebook really does not strike me as much of a sacrifice.

So, today, I went looking to see what people are really giving up for Lent these days. I was staggered. I was shocked. Social Media heads the list.

Sacré ‘bloody’ bleu! What has the world come to? Wow.

I really am shaken.


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The Next Pope — Is Marc Ouellet Still A Viable Papabile?

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Link to the ‘Is Marc Ouellet Still A Viable Papabile?’ post.


I, per what I told you a few days ago, continue to make progress (albeit slow) on my NEW ‘The Next Pope‘ Website. Did a significant post today. IF you are into ‘next pope’ you really should read this — if not all the others.

Today, I also got around to successfully registering & verifying BOTH ‘nextpope.site‘ & ‘nextpope.org‘ with Google’s ever-so-important ‘Webmaster Tools’/’Search Console‘. So, the site will finally start to get noticed, in time, by Google.

For now I will keep on cross-referencing posts from that blog over here. But, that will not continue. So, please bookmark ‘nextpope.site‘ & try to visit it at least weekly. OK?

I have BOTH ‘nextpope.site‘ & ‘nextpope.org‘ pointing at it. I also own ‘nextpope.blog‘ but that is NOT linked to anything yet.

OK. Check it out. Thanks.


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The Next Pope — My Criteria For The Papabili.

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Link to the ‘Next Pope Criteria — March 2021’ post.


As I told you a few days ago I am working, as much as I can, on populating, enhancing & refining my NEW ‘The Next Pope‘ Website. I have finally started to gain some momentum. Another new post today. So, I now have a total of 5 posts. Time. I need more time. But, I see some runway ahead of me. For now I will keep on cross-referencing posts from that blog over here. But, that will not continue. So, please bookmark ‘nextpope.site‘ & try to visit it at least weekly. OK?

I have BOTH ‘nextpope.site‘ & ‘nextpope.org‘ pointing at it. I also own ‘nextpope.blog‘ but that is NOT linked to anything yet.

OK. Check it out. Thanks.


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(Catholic) Cardinal Elector Demographics Snapshot — March 14, 2021.

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Click image to access post at my nascent ‘Next Pope’ Website/blog.


There is no point duplicating the post. Plus, I want to introduce YOU to my as yet nascent ‘Next Pope’ Website. I still have about a week’s work before I am happy with it. But, check it out.

I have BOTH ‘nextpope.site‘ & ‘nextpope.org‘ pointing at it. I also own ‘nextpope.blog‘ but that is NOT linked to anything yet.

OK. Check it out. Thanks.


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(Catholic) Cardinal Elector Demographics Snapshot — February 27, 2021.

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Today, Sudanese Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako turned 80 & as such ceased to be an elector.

We are now down to 127-electors. Still 7 too many!

9-days from now, on March 8, 2021, Cardinal Napier will also turn 80. That will bring the number down to 126 — barring any deaths.

Then there is a hiatus till June before the next elector ages out.

I will keep you posted.


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