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CNN Series: “Pope” Episode 2 — Riddled With Errors; Part II, Popes Benedict IX & Celestine V.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Benedict IX is never far from my sight! This is a picture of the corner of my glass covered work desk. That yellow ‘slip’ was something I printed when I was writing my 1st Pope book in 2007. This was a crib list of important pontificates. 11-years later I still have not removed it from under the glass!


Click to ENLARGE and read. From my “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” book.


Click to ENLARGE and read. From my “Popes and the Tale of Their Names” book.



Errors & Omissions in CNN “Pope” Series.

    1. Fake News re. St. Peter being 1st pope — Click here for my post.
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    2. Additional Errors and Omissions — Click here for my post.
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    3. Episode 2 — Riddled with Errors; Part 1 — Click here for my post.


Popes Benedict IX and Celestine V were both depicted with factual errors, misrepresentations and with unwarranted and unnecessary sensationalism.

Pope Celestine V is so misrepresented that I devoted an entire chapter in my “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” book to him. IF only CNN had consulted that. He was NOT a bad pope as they made him out to be. He was pretty astute and knew what he was doing from the get go. This really was FAKE NEWS.

Benedict IX was a reprobate BUT not as much as CNN purported him to be. For a start he was not a teenager when he became pope. That is a rookie error made by folks who learn their popes from watching YouTube! He was in his mid-20s. Plus, he was a modicumly competent pope for 12-years before the shenanigans began and some of it was not really his fault. He was driven out of office the first time around. CNN fails to mention that. He only resigned after that traumatic event. Again, CNN’s coverage was full of alternate facts. Fake news.


IF only they had bothered to leaf through any one of my 10 Pope books or just called me. Pity. Shame.

FAKE NEWS.


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CNN Series: “Pope” Episode 2 — Riddled With Errors; Part I.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. From my “Next Pope” books. See below.


Click to ENLARGE. From page 106 of my “The Next Pope — 2011” book. Click image of book below for details.



Errors & Omissions in Episode 1 of the CNN “Pope” Series.

  1. Fake News re. St. Peter being 1st pope — Click here for my post.
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  2. Additional Errors and Omissions — Click here for my post.


Oh, dear, dear, dear! It was bad. Painful. Excruciating.

Error upon error. Not sure whether it was ignorance or a desire to just put out ALTERNATE FACTS.

This was very unbecoming. I like CNN. I expected better.

I don’t have the time to go through ALL the errors! At one point I thought I thought I spotted an error EVERY 4th SENTENCE!

I will try and do a series of posts as time permits. This, as such, is Part 1.


The electoral process for Popes prior to the “College of Cardinals” being Formed.

Contrary to what they said (and implied) multiple times, it wasn’t just the cardinals who were involved in the process. Priests, Roman laity and nobles had a say and hand. So, to continually talk about just the cardinals, vis-à-vis papal elections is WRONG.


Explicit statements that the Cardinals decided to form the “College of Cardinals“.

Wrong! The cardinals NEVER had the authority to do anything of this scale. In those days, or even now, the ONLY thing they could really organize, as a gathering, without explicit papal consent, would be an orgy. And I kid you NOT (and they did organize and participate in a lot of those (i.e., orgies)).

Yes, the cardinals, started CALLING themselves as a ‘College’ at a ‘synod’ — BUT that was JUST a name. There was no such College or ‘officials’ — i.e., Dean & a Camerlengo — until Pope Eugene III mandated its creation.


IF only they had bothered to leaf through any one of my 10 Pope books or just called me. Pity. Shame.

FAKE NEWS.


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CNN Series: “Pope” Episode 1 — Egregious Errors & Omissions.

by Anura Guruge



Now that the gripping 2nd South Africa v Australia Test Match is over, I finally got to finish watching Episode 1 of the CNN “Pope” series tonight.

I was shocked at some fairly basic stuff they got wrong — dead wrong. There was a lot of FAKE NEWS.

I am pressed for time, and it is 1:07am in the morning, so I am going to make this pithy. So, here are the MAJOR, most egregious errors and omissions that infuriated I.

  1. The claim that St. Peter was the 1st pope is without basis and I already discussed that (in this post).
  2. Claims that the supremacy of the “Bishop of Rome” (i.e., the Pope) was immediately recognized and respected by the other bishops because Rome was the capital of the Empire. Not so, by a long chalk. It took many centuries and much contention before this came to pass. To say that was BAD. Very bad.
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  3.  Claimed that Constantine the Great was the 1st Christian emperor. Not so in reality. Constantine, though he made Christianity an official religion, did NOT become a Christian, i.e., get baptized, until he was in his deathbed! So. yes he was the 1st Christian emperor, but he never ruled as such since he died within hours of becoming a Christian.
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  4. Misrepresents how the term ‘pope’ — meaning ‘father’ in Greek came to be used. Nearly all senior monks in the first few centuries CE were called ‘father’.
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  5. Claims that the bishops that attended the ‘First Council of Nicea‘ created the framework for what would become the College of Cardinals! Hogwash. Fake News. The College of Cardinals came much, much, much later and the cardinals, to begin with, were very Rome-centric. Nothing, whatsoever, to do with the ‘First Council of Nicea’. That was BAD. Very BAD.
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  6. No mention, whatsoever, of St. Paul and that Rome was a TWO Apostle city.

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CNN Series “Pope” Episode 1 Re. St. Peter Is FAKE NEWS!

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From my book “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia“.


The first episode of CNN’sPope‘ series, which aired on Sunday, March 11, 2018, is titled “How Peter Became The First Pope“.

That is FAKE NEWS.

That is akin to having a documentary entitled “How Hillary Became The First Female President“.

It basically did NOT happen.

There is absolutely no proof, historic or Biblical, that Peter was the first pope. There is not even any evidence that St. Peter, unlike St. Paul, ever came to Rome!

That Peter is said to be the first pope is a tradition. A custom.

CNN never mentions that. Fake news.

It prattles on as if this was all true.

Fake news.

I have written about this till I am bue in the face. Do your own research.


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“Johnnie Walker” To Sell 250,000 Bottles Of “Jane Walker” Black Label Scotch In March 2018.

by Anura Guruge



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This is NOT an early, premature April Fool’s prank. Honest.

This is kosher — but then again, from my very limited understanding, Scotch, by definition, is always kosher as long as you do not mix it with diary.

250,000 bottles, in March 2018, at $34 per bottle to coincide with “International Women’s Day 2018” on March 8th.

It is a bold attempt to attract more women to try the absolute joys of Scotch. I am all in favor — and why can’t I wipe that stupid smirk off my face when I write that. She I have known women, even ladies, who liked their single malts. Nothing wrong.

I do not drink much whiskey — or for that matter any liquor — anymore. Not that I have anything against liquor. Just that I slosh too much of red wine already. But, I do like my Scotch. I do drink Johnnie Walker — though given a choice I would opt for Irish or a Single Malt. I used to be very partial to “Southern Comfort“, but haven’t drunk any in decades. A tad too sweet for I.

Anywho … Just wanted to give you a heads up.

Do you know which Pope was fondly called “Johnnie Walker” by the Romans, NOT for his indulgence in the Scotch but for his habit of walking around Rome?


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Microscopic Nativity Scene From Lithuania For Pope Francis, For Christmas 2017.

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luckily you do NOT need a microscope.


Click image to access the full AP (i.e., Associated Press) story.


When I first saw this, on Google News, I thought it was an hoax. But, it was from the AP and it was December 23 and NOT April 1. But, I being who I am, checked around. This is legit.

It being Christmas there is a tradition of giving creative nativity scenes to the pope at Christmas. But, this has to take the cake. Very clever. Now, how are other countries going to top this in coming years. Yes, somebody could create something spectacular in space.

Yes, it also reminded me of the “Emperor’s New Clothes“. But, people can check it out.

Cute. I like it. Wish I could see it for real. Funny, can’t find it, as yet, on YouTube.


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‘Catholic Press Photo’ — Pope’s Christmas Card For 2017.

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If you Italian is a bit rusty what it says is:
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Click to access the “Catholic Press Photo” Website … with AMAZING pictures.


Alessia Giuliani

Posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Pope’s Christmas Card,” has been one of my cherished annual traditions since 2008, one that I eagerly look forward to as soon as we enter December.

2015 card & 2016 card.

I used to post them on my then widely read but now defunct “Popes and Papacy” blog. 

The Rome-based Catholic Press Photo, established over 40 years ago, now led by Alessia Giuliani, the daughter of one of the founders, has been a good friend. This gives me a chance to highlight their excellent work. Enjoy their pictures … especially those of the cardinals.

This year’s card comes with good wishes from Alessia, Monica, Giancarlo e Emanuela.

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


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