Friday, June 27, 2014

YIKES! POPE FRANCIS CANCELS AGAIN AT THE LAST MINUTE A WELL ADVERTISED OUTING!

UPDATE: A good night's rest seems to have restored Pope Francis as this photo is from this morning (Saturday, June 28) as Pope Francis meets a political leader in audience:

(Vatican Radio) On the evening of  June 27, Feast of the Sacred Heart, Pope Francis was scheduled to visit  Rome's  "Agostino Gemelli" Hospital on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation. While there he was to  meet with some of the patients, hospital and university staff and preside over Holy Mass. He has called off this commitment  owing to an unexpected indisposition. 

MY COMMENT: What is this so-called "indisposition" which has affected a number of his last minute cancellations? Today's outing was advertized as an article by Vatican Radio only this morning, a few hours ago. 

I think prayers are needed for the Holy Father. There must be a chronic "indisposition" such as an intestinal issue like crohns or ulcertive colitis or some other such thing?

23 comments:

Gene said...

Speaking of old crones, Hillary Clinton is an old crone that turns my stomach…LOL! It is Crohn's Disease.

Gene said...

Maybe the Pope has Neo-protastantitis...

Luke said...

78 year old men don't get Crohn's. Given the Pope's observable breathing difficulties my guess is COPD or congestive heart failure. That would explain the weight gain as well.

JBS said...

I think we all know he's watching the World Cup.

Anonymous said...

Based on the numerous comments that have emanated from some SO regulars hoping (and praying?) for a brief reign for Pope Francis, prayers for a speedy and complete recovery may be hard to come by.

Joe Potillor said...

Gene, LOL!

Anon, while some of us wish for a short Pontificate from Francis, we do not pray anything horrible happen to him...an early retirement sure, a horrific death, absolutely not.

But I am thinking the cancelations have to do with the stress he has put on himself by overworking himself, and from him having one lung.

Marc said...

No matches being played today, Fr. JBS. But the pope is pretty crafty so he's probably setting up for his calling in sick for the next Argentina match on Tuesday when they will defeat Switzerland.

The US plays on Tuesday as well. I should've phoned in today myself. A sudden illness on match day is always suspicious.

Anonymous 2 said...

JBS: Pope Francis is not watching the World Cup. He is reading Southern Orders. =)

Gene said...

There are a couple of ways in which soccer could be made an interesting game. One way would be to plant land mines on the field. Another would be to release a group of agitated pit bulls onto the field…perhaps a water hazard at mid-field stocked with crocodiles. As it is now, I have never seen a more boring sport, with the possible exception of golf, which I do not consider a sport.

Gene said...

Actually, the most exciting part of soccer is after the games in those Third World countries when they have riots and stampede over each other in the stadium and knock the stands down and tear up creation. I have always seen this as a significant warning regarding immigration, cultural equivalence, and globalism. But, it is fun to watch.

Marc said...

Gene, in this instance, you are wrong!

JBS said...

Gene,

I like your first and third sentences. Indeed, when I have time to spare, I enjoy watching YouTube videos of the police subduing violent 'football' hooligans. However, since the best of these videos are British, and since I am of revolutionary British descent, I cannot agree with your second sentence.

Anonmyous 2 said...

Gene:

Unlike American “Football,” the players in soccer, I mean Football, are not always jumping on top of one another and falling down every few yards. I find it a most aggravating game because of the constant interruptions. Also, have you ever seen an overweight soccer, I mean Football, player (I believe the average soccer, I mean Football, player runs an average of six miles every match, except for the goal keeper, of course)? That said, soccer, I mean Football, players may fall down and writhe on the ground in feigned agony until they are denied a foul call after which they jump up again and gambol around the field like little lambs in spring. They may also jump on each other and fall down on the rare occasions they actually score a goal.

As regards boring sports, my wife once asked me at a Vine Ingle Little League baseball game in which our son was playing what she would be doing if it were a cricket match. I told her that she would probably be sleeping. For an English native to say such a thing is heresy, and I fully expect John Nolan to jump all over me, although I will try not to fall down.

Anon friend said...

A2! Where ya been, buddy? You've missed some interesting stuff...(-:

Anonymous 2 said...

P.S. I should say, in defense of American “Football,” that it is better than Rugby. At least the players have enough intelligence to wear protection (although, it turns out, their brains still get banged about). I am about 5’8” tall and in my youth weighed about 120 pounds. I was once at the bottom of a pile of boys resulting from a “scrum,” with several larger and heavier boys on top of me. From that day forward, motivated by a strong survival instinct, my strategy when we were compelled to play rugby was very simple – to ensure that the ball and I never occupied the same point in space-time.

On the perversity of “national” sports, we were not allowed to play baseball. Our equivalent was cricket. The girls were allowed to play something similar to softball called “Rounders.” We would have been regarded as cissies if we had wanted to play this. Ever since I discovered baseball, I felt cheated, because I would have enjoyed playing. It is a great sport.

People must have thought I was a real jock, though, because I wore a special tie that meant I represented the school on a sports team. Of course, the sport was Chess. I never lost a game because I always bored my opponents into defeat. As soon as their concentration lapsed my knight or my bishop would pounce on their queen.

Anonymous 2 said...

Anon. Friend:

It is nice to be missed!

I have been following the discussions. George and I have been involved in a very interesting but time consuming multiple exchange abut conscientious voting that is now several threads and pages ago.

Elenaor said...

Bishops pouncing on Queens? WHat is this, 1183 and we're all barbarians?

Anonymous 2 said...

Eleanor:

Exactly! Chess is an illustration of sublimation par excellence.

P.S. You’re not from Aquitaine by any chance, are you?

Richard M. Sawicki said...

..."Based on the numerous comments that have emanated from some SO regulars hoping (and praying?) for a brief reign for Pope Francis, prayers for a speedy and complete recovery may be hard to come by."

I pray daily for the intentions of His Holiness, for his strength in mind, body, and spirit, that he may safely shepherd the Church on Earth (Pater, Ave, Gloria)

Gaudete in Domino Semper!

George said...

The Sacred Heart:

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the seat and source of His Divine Love. God Is Love, so it is right and proper that we refer to His Sacred Heart. This incomprehensible, boundless and fathomless Love informs His Divine Power. That Power from which all that exists was made and from which all grace and blessings flow. The flame of this Divine Love is ever burning and everlasting. The light and grace from this Divine Heart will penetrate us and through the working of the Holy Spirit send grace to within our souls if we would only correspond and co-operate with it. God so respects the free will of even the most weak and powerless of His creatures that even His Almighty Power will yield to it. We can pray to the Blessed Virgin to help us in parting the clouds of sin and sinfulness in our lives so that the Light of God's Divine love can shine through to us. How great it is for us to have through the generosity of God such an incomparable intercessor!

George said...

Anon2:
Sorry to keep you tied up. I really don't like delving into politics and the political. Unfortunately, due in no small part to some of our elected officials and judges, we are edging into dangerous territory, both for the country and the Church. I see corruption and corrupting influences more and more all across the board each and every year. Would it only be that we would see a reversal of that.

Anonymous 2 said...

George:

No apology necessary. It was a good exchange and I learned quite a bit from it. Thank you again for engaging.

rcg said...

I pray for Pope Francis' speedy and full recovery. I think his pap y is a useful lesson and I sense some growth in him that is helping many people.