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THE Outlaw Is Dead, Long Live The LAW. Boston Strong.

by Anura Guruge



I never tolerated the paedophiles masquerading as Catholic clergy.

He, in terms of the lengths he went to, to protect known paedophiles, should have been in prison, NOT living it up, in the lap of luxury in Rome.

He was a BLOODY disgrace to the Catholic Church. That the Vatican protected and pampered him says much about what the Vatican truly feels about SEX CRIMES against children.

I, fortunately, am NOT alone in my total disgust and disdain for this smug, obese reprobate.


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Pope Francis In Myanmar Comes Across As A Partisan, Gutless Wimp!

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Click to ENLARGE. From the “Washington Post” coverage.



Access to the transcript of the entire SHORT speech from the Vatican. Click image to access.


The KEY passage from the speech above. He even skirts mentioning RELIGION. How poor.


There are times to be diplomatic and then there are times when one has to stand up against egregious crimes against humanity. In that Pope Francis failed miserably and demonstrated why he will always be an ineffective, pedestrian pope — and never reach the GREATNESS shown by the likes of John XXIII, Pius X, John Paul II or even Benedict XV (15, not 16).

The pope has — and had — absolutely nothing to lose. He only answers to God, and one hopes God would not have minded him talking out against genocide — BUT then again you would think God should be able to do something about it directly. C’est la vie.

Less than 1% of Myanmar’s population, if that, is Catholic — though they have a newly minted cardinal and about 22 bishops.

The pope could have been more forceful and emphatic. What they are doing to the Rohingya is dead wrong. The pope lost some of his credibility and moral authority by delivering this flaccid speech — and he didn’t have much of either to begin with.

Ahh! To have again have a good pope. Maybe the next one after this rather pale imitation of a pope.


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Pope Francis’ Denouncement Of Online Porn So Sad In That The Vatican Is A HUGE Consumer!

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Click image to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original.


Click to access original. Google for more … much MORE.


Yes, the Pope is genuine in his concern, BUT he has to clean up his own ‘residence’ — viz. The Vatican.

Yes, the Vatican, has been a den of iniquity going back many, many centuries. That there is a huge amount of online porn access from the Vatican is an open secret.

The Pope should go after his own STAFF accessing online porn before he starts to pontificate to the world. Yes, it is a big problem, BUT, he is Pope.


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Rome Fell For The Last Time, This Day 147-Years Ago, Paving The Way For Italian Unification — September 20, 1870.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_unification



Rome, with the Pope & the Vatican right there, was the last holdout when it came to the by then inevitable unification of the Italy. Hence the significance of this day. Once Rome fell, 147-years ago the Rubicon had been well and truly crossed. Because of religious fervor the pope had to be appeased or at least humored. So, unification dragged onto 1871. But, the popes still claimed to be prisoners of the Vatican.


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Where All The Popes Are Buried — The Definitive List.

by Anura Guruge


I am 96% confident of these two lists.
They are more accurate than any other list I have seen.


Vatican tablet of where the popes are buried Anura Guruge

Most of you have probably seen at least a picture of this imposing, ~6′ tall marble tablet listing the names of the popes buried in St. Peter’s, under the Latin inscription SUMMI PONTIFICES IN HAC BASILICA SEPULTI (Supreme Pontiffs buried in this Basilica).

This tablet, in St. Peter’s is to the right of the entrance to the sacristy – that being the rather large ‘annex’ to the left of  the main Basilica (when facing it). You reach it from the left aisle under the huge monument to Pius VIII (#254), pictured below.

Where to find popes buried Anura Guruge


The Vatican’s marble tablet lists 148 popes up to and including John Paul II (#266).

This 148 number is optimistic.


The actual number of popes now believed to be buried within the precincts of St. Peter’s is 137, possibly 138 or maybe 139 — and that includes the original Stephen (II) (#92), a bona fide pope albeit for four days, who is indeed buried there though NOT listed in the marble tablet.


WHY THE DISCREPANCY?
The problem is that the list on the tablet does not reflect some bodies that were transferred away from St. Peter’s after they had been initially buried there.

St. Sixtus I (#7) is a good example. There is a wonderful story about what happened to the body of Sixtus I (which I recounted in my first book). Tradition maintains that Sixtus I was martyred (though this was unlikely) and buried under what is now St. Peter’s Basilica. It is also said that in 1132 Innocent II (#165), at the bidding of the residents of Alife [Italy], granted them Sixtus I’s relics. But the mule carrying the relics from Rome refused to go beyond Alatri [Italy]. So, the relics were interned at the Alatri Cathedral with Alfie just getting a finger bone.

But, his name appears on the marble tablet, thus making us rethink that old adage about things chiseled in stone – in this case, ‘soft,’ most likely Carrera, marble.

Here is THE list of the 13 popes that appear on the marble tablet but have since been translated to other locations:

  1. St. Sitxus (#7) –> Alatri Cathedral, Italy
  2. St. Anicetus (#11) –> Palazzo Altemps, Rome
  3. St. Sorter (#12) –> San Martino ai Monti, Rome
  4. St. Eleutherius (#13) –> Santa Susanna, Rome
  5. Vigilius (#59) –> Santi Silvestro e Martino ai Monti, Rome
  6. St. Paschal I (#99) –> Santa Prassede, Rome
  7. John XVIII (XIX) (#142) –> St. John Lateran or San Paolo fuori le Mura, Rome
  8. Honorius IV (#191) –> Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome
  9. Eugene IV (#208) –> San Salvatore in Lauro, Rome
 10. Callistus III (#210) –> Santa Maria de Monserrato degli Spagnoli, Rome
 11. Pius II (#211) –> Sant’Andrea della Valle, Rome
 12. Alexander VI (#215) –> Santa Maria de Monserrato degli Spagnoli, Rome
 13. Pius III (#216) –> Sant’Andrea della Valle, Rome

So that is -13 [i.e., minus 13].

However, that has to be offset by 2 popes that are not on the marble tablet, but are indeed buried at St. Peter’s. These two are: Stephen (II) (#92) & John XI (#126).

Then we have Leo VIII (#132). Nobody knows where he is buried. Some suspect that he is indeed buried at St. Peter’s. So he gets the benefit of the doubt.

We also have the same problem with the pope hat succeeded him, Benedict V (#133). Again nobody can determine where he was buried. However, in his case, people are not as sure whether he is buried at St. Peter’s.

So here is how the numbers reconcile. 148 on the tablet. But we know 13 were translated away. So that is 148-13 which gives us 135. Then we have to ADD Stephen (II) and John XI. That takes us up to 137.

Whether we then add Leo VIII and Benedict V dictates whether we go with 138 or 139.

OK? Get the drift. Study the list.

MULTIPLE PHASES
We also need to take into account that today’s magnificent Basilica, in its current grandiose form, now the second largest in the world, hasn’t always been there.

Initially, c. 60 AD, it was an open field, on top of a mound, on the outskirts of Rome. There was no building or structure. We have to take it on faith that those that succeeded St. Peter (#1) were buried close to him.

St. Anacletus (#3), c.76/79 – c.88/92, had a monument (possibly a chapel) built over St. Peter’s tomb. That was the first structure.

In the fourth century, at the behest of Emperor Constantine the Great a small Basilica was built on this site – the so called Old St. Peter’s or the Constantine Basilica. St. Leo ‘the great’ I (#45), in 461, was the first pope to be buried in this Basilica.

In the sixteenth century, Julius ‘the warrior pope’ II (#217), of the Sistine Ceiling fame, commissioned Donato Bramante, the great Italian architect, to build a bigger, grander Basilica around the by now dilapidated old structure. In time the incomparable Michelangelo Buonarroti, having finished the ceiling, designed the imposing timeless dome. Bramante had to do away with nearly all the papal tombs that were located in the old Basilica. Many of the remains were transferred to new locations within the new Basilica.

THE DEFINITIVE LISTS
Please click the pictorial icons below for THE definitive lists of where the popes are buried. They are both relatively small PDFs; i.e., under 150KB.

The color coding in the ‘Final Burial’ column, in the WHERE ALL THE POPES ARE BURIED list, is used to demarcate the different locations, with the most popular of the locations assigned a specific color to facilitate identification.


Where the popes are buried Anura Guruge


Popes buried in St. Peter's Vatican Anura Guruge


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Baseball Signed By Pope Francis — For My Friend Randy Kaplan.

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Those of you who have followed this blog are of course familiar with my friend Randy Kaplan, ‘The King Of Signed Baseballs‘. Check my other posts on Randy’s amazing collection.

Randy contacted me, online, maybe 6 years ago asking me how he can reach into the Vatican. We have collaborated since then,

Randy has done amazingly well. His baseball collection is now legendary.

He received this recently and I just got his e-mail, with the picture, within the hour.

Quite the signature.

Well done Randy. You ARE the MAN.


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