Critters on St Peter’s, Rock in the Sistine Chapel, Bishop on a Bike…

From Fr Z’s Blog:

The slide continues…


We saw that the Sistine Chapel was rented out to Porsche.

We had the projections of critters on the facade of the Vatican Basilica.

Now we have rock music in, again, the Sistina.

From Reuters:


The Edge, lead guitarist with the Irish band U2, has become the first rock star to play in the Sistine Chapel, a venue he described as “the most beautiful parish hall in the world.”

The performer, whose real name is David Evans, sang four songs on Saturday night for about 200 doctors, researchers and philanthropists who attended a conference at the Vatican on regenerative medicine called Cellular Horizons.

Backed by a choir of seven Irish teenagers, and wearing his trademark black beanie cap, he played acoustic guitar and sang a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “If It be Your Will”, and versions of U2 songs “Yahweh”, “Ordinary Love” and “Walk On.”

The Edge, whose father died last month from cancer and whose daughter overcame leukemia, is on the board of foundations working for cancer prevention.

He joked with his audience, telling them he was stunned when asked to play in the chapel, which was painted by Renaissance master Michelangelo in the 16th century.

“When they asked me if I wanted to become the first contemporary artist to play in the Sistine Chapel, I didn’t know what to say because usually there’s this other guy who sings,” the musician said, referring to U2 front man Bono.


He didn’t ask. He was asked.

and then this:

I’ve heard of “flying bishops”, but … not this


I saw at via the curiously-named Eponymous Flower an … what’s the word … oddity, hopefully unique.   Not my translation:

The new Archbishop of Palermo, recently appointed by Pope Francis, Msgr. Corrado Lorefice, swung himself in a bicycle and drove through the presbyterium of his Cathedral.



“Palermo. Primatiale Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption, Wednesday, April 27, 2016: Feast of the Athletes. Image: His Excellency Most Reverend Monsignor Corrado Lorefice, Archbishop-Metropolitan, Primate of Sicily, on a bicycle in the chancel of his cathedral..

The Archbishop was given a bike that he didn’t want to try outside the church. Instead, he rose immediately and in full regalia as celebrant,  chasuble and miter,  got on the bike  and drove it through the presbytery of his episcopal church. The Cathedral of Palermo is not only where lay the Stauferkaisers Henry VI. and Frederick II. and the Norman King, Roger II. It is above all one of the oldest Christian places of worship in Europe. The area of ??the Cathedral was secret at the latest  in the second century gathering of Christians in underground tunnels. Here the martyrs of the persecution of Christians were buried. The Christians gathered at their graves. In the early fourth century, the construction of the first cathedral was carried out. Under Pope Gregory the Great, the second cathedral was built around 600.


The Bicycling Bishop?

The Peddling Prelate?

The Cycling Overseer?

The Velocipedal Vescovo?

Your Excellencies, please don’t do this… in the sanctuary of your Cathedral?  Or anywhere else in your Cathedral?  Or in any church?  Or anywhere at all while wearing Mass vestments?  Please?

And dear CP&S readers, please pray for the Church:

O my Jesus,
I beg You on behalf of the whole Church:
Grant it love and the light of Your Spirit
and give power to the words of priests
so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance
and return to You, O Lord.

Lord, give us holy priests;
You Yourself maintain them in holiness.
O Divine and Great High Priest,
may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere
and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares
which are continually being set for the souls of priests.
May the power of Your mercy, O Lord,
shatter and bring to naught
all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests,
for You can do all things.


(Saint Faustina’s prayer for priests)

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6 Responses to Critters on St Peter’s, Rock in the Sistine Chapel, Bishop on a Bike…

  1. Robert says:

    Lets See
    The Vatican will again hold a stem cell meeting and this time it is planned for 2016 as you can see from the conference website. A full list of 2016 stem cell meetings is here on our meeting hub.

    Over the past several years the Vatican has held and tried to hold different stem cell meetings. The 2012 attempt ending in disarray amidst a heated controversy amongst Catholics with differing views on embryonic stem cell research. That meeting was cancelled and rebooted to 2013, when by all accounts a successful meeting took place.

    The planned 2016 meeting is called Cellular Horizons (or more specifically “Progress of Regenerative Medicine and its Cultural Impact” and is focused generally on adult stem cells. More specifically the emphasis for the meeting seems to be on pediatric disease and cancer. It will be held April 28-30.

    That’s fertilised human eggs and using so called embryonic human cells for research.

    Diplomatically distraction has been used to draw attention away from a real agenda.
    The SSPX (are they or are they not is a classic example of distraction) .

    So this Curia doesn’t believe in Creation.

    The Bible is explicit concerning the sins of the Canaanites: idolatry, incest, adultery, child sacrifice, homosexuality, and bestiality.

    Joshua was order by God to destroy Canaan.


  2. David O'Neill says:

    That archbishop should be defrocked!!


  3. toadspittle says:

    Cycling in all that long, flowing,clothing is very dangerous. His chasuble might get caught in the chain. Remember Isadora Duncan!


  4. toadspittle says:

    “Joshua was order by God to destroy Canaan.”
    No doubt He had His reasons.
    If God ordered you to destroy the Vatican, Robert – would you do it?


  5. toadspittle says:

    It’ll be roller skates next for anathema.
    I think the dude looks freakin’ cool – gliding down the aisles. Gotta move with the times.


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