October 12, 2004

Were it not for the exportation of Catholicism to the non-Western world...

...this fantastic headline would not be possible. How is it that I've lived 23 years without knowing that there was a person in the world called Cardinal Sin?

Posted by dianna at October 12, 2004 10:02 AM

Don't miss :

"Peachy Yamsuan, a spokeswoman for the Manila Archdiocese, would not give details of the cardinal's illness on Tuesday"

Posted by: gene at October 12, 2004 10:11 AM

Cardinal Sin! You can't make that stuff up.

Posted by: jason s at October 12, 2004 06:45 PM

It's a little like Major Major in Catch-22... as soon as Jaime Sin was born a Catholic it was completely inevitable that he would rise to the rank of Cardinal and stay there. Promotion was simply out of the question.

Posted by: Dianna at October 12, 2004 08:05 PM

Ummm, I suppose I should maybe know this, but is there anywhere to be promoted after Cardinal? Besides Pope, I mean.

And it's a good thing that new popes take a special Pope-name. It would be REALLY hard to take the Mother Church seriously if Pope Sin were in charge.

Posted by: Andrew at October 13, 2004 02:22 PM

Isn't Archbishop higher than Cardinal?

Posted by: Dianna at October 13, 2004 02:24 PM

Since about the fourteenth century, cardinals outrank archbishops.

Posted by: sean at October 13, 2004 03:20 PM

I've been pwned.

Posted by: Dianna at October 13, 2004 03:46 PM

In Middle English, that'd be "pywthneeda". It's pronounced "mutton".

Posted by: sean at October 13, 2004 03:51 PM

It's derived from a medieval rule about marriage, where the husband was allowed to beat his wife with any stick not stiffer than the mutton she served him for dinner.

Posted by: Dianna at October 13, 2004 04:10 PM

What about the lean times when there was no mutton to serve? What is the stiffness of no mutton? Time to dig out my first edition of Zenne and the Arte of Wive-Pywthneeda I guess.

Posted by: Andrew at October 13, 2004 05:11 PM

"Then let them eat veal."

Posted by: poot at October 14, 2004 05:33 AM

Cripes, I almost forgot to remind everyone that there was (until very recently) a Cardinal Law as well. The pope accepted his resignation on Dec. 13, 2002: my 21st birthday.

I'm pretty convinced that Cardinal Law's resignation occurred after he lost a no-scriptures-barred grudge match to Cardinal Sin in the secret Hexagon deep within the Vatican. Having defeated his ancient foe, Cardinal Sin soon realized that he had disturbed the great cosmic balance, and was forced to retire to prevent the Apocalypse.

Posted by: poot at October 14, 2004 05:44 AM


i've got nothing clever to say, but this post and thread have been cracking me up serious-like.

Posted by: Erik at October 14, 2004 08:09 AM