Carefully Crafted Bad Language …
but from the Vicar of
Jesus Christ on Earth?
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The “Copro” Hits the
an interview with Belgian Catholic weekly
Tertio Francis said of those whom he considers his detractors
— because they publish the growing tension between the pontiff and orthodox
Catholic media concerning the “Dubia” or five simple questions
that can answered in one word: “yes” or “no” relative to his post-synodal
exhortation Amoris Laetitia — the following (quoting Reuters
“Using precise psychological terms, he said scandal-mongering
media risked falling prey to coprophilia, or arousal from excrement,
and consumers of these media risked coprophagia, or eating excrement.”
Francis then added, "And since people have a
tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, a lot of damage can be done."1
From a Pope? We are Ashamed …
using this language concerning those with whom he disagrees?
knows the four-letter word he is using and instantly sees beyond the
sanitized psychological nomenclature. We know what he was “really” saying
… and thinking … and are shocked by it ... ashamed
who changes an infant’s diapers and says, “Oh, my … there is so much
copro in this diaper, but since I am not hungry I will throw it away!”
has serious verbal, linguistic, and communication problems with the
rest of the world — to say nothing of an apparently widespread
then, render this arcana into terms comprehensible to the rest of the
“Using ordinary terms, he said scandal-mongering media risked
falling prey to being aroused by sh--, and consumers of these
media risked eating sh--.”
Francis then added, "And since people have a tendency
towards the sickness of eating sh--, a lot of damage can be done."1
that for cutting through the bull-copro?
imagine a head of state (which Francis is) using this language to denigrate
his perceived detractors? Good grief, even the FCC (Federal Communications
Commission) defines “indecent speech” as “language or material
that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive
as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium,
sexual or excretory organs or activities.” 3 That
is to say, were the interview broadcast, the FCC would have banned
Francis’s depiction of those in disagreement with him as “indecent”!
No, wait! He sanitized them, so it’s okay. Or is it …?
non-Catholics, atheists, and anyone else living on this planet will
likely respond in utter incredulity with words we can only hint at:
“H- -y Copro! Did the pope himself really
“So now, if the translation
[Reuter’s] is correct, as most of these usually are, if we dare to
see and report what are obviously newsworthy developments that do not
reflect well on the pope or his close collaborators, we are “scandal-mongering,”
“eating excrement” and being sexually aroused by this excrement of reporting
uncomfortable truth. How can a pope,
the Vicar of Christ, make such vile accusations? Whatever happened to,
“Who am I to judge?” 2
we live in parallel universes, but Francis’s apparent conviction that
“people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia”
is startling. We had never so much as heard of the word,
let alone encountered the tendency within ourselves or anyone
else on the planet that we have met.
is, however, another affliction much more common, and we fear
that the more our present pontiff speaks, the more we are led to the
that Francis is non compos
of a sound mind).
Like coprophilia and coprophagia — that he appears to see
in others as a broad tendency — it is a sickness of the mind.
This is not said disdainfully or sarcastically. It is
said with great pity — and great alarm.
us pray for his speedy recovery.
Boston Catholic Journal
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Wed Dec 7, 2016