How many Catholics know that a priest invented the fax machine, or that monks were the first to make coffee, champagne, and pretzels? How many know why St. Elmo is portrayed in art with his intestines hanging out, or why St. Maximus is often shown commanding a bear to carry his luggage? Probably none. The Catholic Church is all too eager to tell us about the Ten CommandmenHow many Catholics know that a priest invented the fax machine, or that monks were the first to make coffee, champagne, and pretzels? How many know why St. Elmo is portrayed in art with his intestines hanging out, or why St. Maximus is often shown commanding a bear to carry his luggage? Probably none. The Catholic Church is all too eager to tell us about the Ten Commandments, the Resurrection, and the glories of St. Peter's Basilica, but how often do you hear about items like "Pope on a Rope" soap, or the "Let Us Spray" lawn sprinkler (shaped like Pope John Paul II, the sprinkler squirts water out of his outstretched arms as it spins)?It's all here in "Pope-Pourri"-- an unprecendented collection of entertaining anecdotes, trivia, and intriguing information that the Catholic Church never told you about-- and in many cases doesn't want you to know about. Such as the bizarre story of the "Cadaver Synod," when Pope Stephen VI dug up the rotting corpse of his predecessor, Pope Formosus I, dressed it in papal robes, and put it on trial for "aspiring to the papacy" and other crimes. Other unusual footnotes to Catholic history include the Cataphrygians, an early separatist movement whose members prayed with their index and middle fingers inserted into their noses."Pope-Pourri" celebrates the wealth of amusing trivia the Church has produced during its 2,000-year history-- from oddball saints to the Vatican's censorious movie reviews, from strange Virgin Mary sightings to embarrasing secret scandals-- presented for the first time in one fascinating volume that practicing Catholics, lapsed Catholics, and the merely curious will all enjoy....
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Pope-Pourri: What You Don't Remember From Catholic School Reviews
The author of this book is an American Catholic who wrote a book to show Catholics some of the facts and background of Catholicism and The Vatican. It is written from a pro-Catholic and relatively pious perspective. Learning more about their religions and culture is good and important for all Catholic people, I think. You also learn here about Catholicism in Hollywood and literature, and a bit of a Who's-Who of Catholicism (something like Adam Sandler's Hannakuh song for Jews). The book was not only very informative but also pleasant to read and often funny.Some of my favorite parts:- On the clothes worn by priests and the Pope:There is nothing particularly special or important about them, it's just what Romans were wearing in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th centuries. "Fashions changed over time, but the priests' didn't: They stuck with the same clothes they had always worn...until their garments became so different from what everyone else was wearing that they were associated exclusively with religious life." (p. 83)- Excerpt from the Baltimore Catechism (instruction manual for Catholic-school students up until the 1960s: "Q. 554: Could a person who denies only one article of our faith be a Catholic?A. A person who denies even one article of our faith could not be a Catholic; for the truth is one and must accept it whole and entire or not at all." (p. 115) - Describing events of John Paul II's big tour through the United States: "Monday, August 16, 7.15pm: John Paul II returns to Rome on Sheperd One, a modified Boeing 767. The trip is no ordinary flight: The Pope will sleep in a custom-made bed (complete with specially ordered Belgian sheets, embroidered pillowcases, a down comforter, and curtained enclosure) in the first-class compartment. One the dinner menu: caviar and a choice of beef, chicken, veal, or salmon with linguine, with ice cream sundaes and chocolates for dessert. Per the pope's special request, cake is also served." (p,102-103)- On the birth of Jesus: "Mary gave birth without Joseph.""She was probably on fourteen to sixteen years old""She probably gave birth in a house.""She didn't give birth in an animal trough...or lay Jesus in one afterwards.""There weren't any animals present.""The 'three kings" weren't kings - and there were more of them...a lot more.""If there really were shepherds tehre, they were most likely smelly, dirty...and vulgar." (p. 108-109) - Popes and priests used to marry. The last Pope to be officially married in the Catholic Church was Pope Hadrian II who died in the year 872. (page 26)- "Dracula was probably a baptized Catholic." And, it's not just that factoid - there is also a full story on the 15th century Roman family named Dracul. Dracula assisted in a Crusade against the Turks, in which he murdered at least 100,000 people using the cruelest tortures he could think of in service of Pope Pius II. (page 26)- Quoting Saint Jerome; "'Matrimony is always a vice; all that can be done is to excuse it; therefore it was (made a religious sacrament." (P. 67)- While speaking of which parts of what we know about the life of Jesus are historically accurate and which parts legend, he writes, "Nobody knows for sure anymore which of the tales are factual and which ones are legendary." (p. 61) And, quoting a member of The Jesus Seminar ("a group of more than two hundred Catholic, Protestant, and non-Christian scholars from universities and theological institutions around the world"): "'Most scholars, if they had worked through the sayings we had would tend to agree there is virtually nothing in the fourth Gospel (John) that goes back to Jesus." (p. 63)- "You'd think that when a bunch of priests and religious laypeople get together to censor films for the Catholic viewing public, they'd condemn smutty blue movies and X-rated pornography out of hand without watching each individual film, right? Think again. Here are some of the more suspect films the National Catholic Office for Motion Pictures (formerly known as the Legion of Decency) sat and watched...so that we wouldn't have to.Deep ThroatThe Bang Bang GangHot Pants HolidayEroticonSex With a Smile" (the list goes on in the book on page 91)My enjoyment of this book, however, was nearly ruined early on when on page 49 the author writes one of the stupidest things I have ever seen written down on paper. He wrote, "She (Saint Rita) is the patron saint of desperate causes and in Italy is more popular than the Virgin Mary." Now, I have the advantage of living in Italy, so I know beyond the shadow of the doubt that this is not only inaccurate, it is also stupid and ridiculous. The Virgin Mary appears so often in shrines in public in Italy, you literally can not pass a day without seeing one of the shrines, in any city you cannot avoid seeing at least 10 per day. But it is also anti-logical and unreasonable for any Catholic to think that it is possible that Italy, an officially Catholic country, would hold anybody above Mary. It would be argumentative, but not unreasonable, to say that many in Italy hold Mary higher than Jesus - but saying that they put any woman before Mary is not argumentative, it is simply daft and ridiculous. Despite that one moment of absurdity by the author, I still recommend the book as an informative and pleasant read to all Catholics and others interested in The Vatican:-)
Enjoyable light read, but quite a bit of the content should be taken with a large grain of salt.