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Nod of the Miter Goes to . . .

November 4th, 2009, Promulgated by Gen

The Lair of the Catholic Cavemen for this little snippet:

Is that really a nun helping out His Excellency? Possibly just some really ticked off dude with an extra-large “this is a stick-up” note? Or maybe this might be someone’s mom? I’m not sure!! I think a certain international man of mystery super-spy from the 60’s has the answer.

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15 Responses to “Nod of the Miter Goes to . . .”

  1. The bishop kind of resembles a little bear cub who is growling, with his hands apart, as he stands on his hind legs with the momma bear looking on. I guess it's really the "orans position".

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think she is a dead ringer for Joe Biden who I think happens to be very handsome.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ab ra ca dab ra he said as she watched the flowers grow.

    Opps isn't this photo caption # 8?


    Sorry wrong post.

  4. Gen says:


    Good idea, though. I'll definitely repost it later this week as Caption Contest 8.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am opposed to the actions of this bishop and his henchmen and women hust as much as the people who write and comment on this blog.

    But making fun of anyone who purpitrates dissenting actions is really against charity. For your real purpose is to evangelize these people. ertainly you MUST point out these abuses but making fun of them crosses the line.

    It sounds like people who have no imput in a bad situation are acting out aand are very angry But this has to stop. But don't stop reporting the abuses and keep informing people what the real truth is on these issues.

    Making fun of people only hardens hearts

  6. Anonymous says:

    Posts like yours hardens hearts too.

  7. Gen says:

    Anonymous 1:48 –

    If our hearts are hard, then the hearts of the diocesan officials who continue to abuse Our Lord in such heinous manners must have hearts of titanium.

    Our actions are crimes against charity? Tell that to lay administrators who have forced out the faithful from their native parishes for political agendas.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Amen, Gen.

  9. Anonymous says:

    2 wrongs don't make a right. You are supposed to take the high ground, not stoop to their level.
    Act noble in times of adversity. Be lion hearted when reporting abuses but remember you are supposed to evangelize your enemies. St Thomas More blessed his executioner.

  10. Gen says:

    We have evangelized our enemies. We were told many things by many people, all to the degree of "go to hell and stop bothering me."

    We have prayed.

    We have discerned.

    We have metaphorically blessed our own executioners.

    We have acted with Christian charity.

    We have borne wrongs.

    We have suffered adversity.

    We have dealt patiently with transgressors.

    We have offered our sufferings for pious causes.

    And we continue to do all these things. I tend to think that only the Lord "knows the secrets of our hearts," and while you are admonishing us out of admiration and appreciation (and it is, in turn, appreciated) you know not what we have borne for the Faith. No, we do not feel "owed" by the Church. No, we don't want to become bitterly-conservative martyrs for the cause. What we do want is to 1. actually be listened to, 2. be treated for the Catholics which we are, 3. not treated like ignorant and erring school-children, and 4. bring abuses to light.

    If you continue to have a problem with this photo and its caption, I humbly remind you that it is not ours. It was taken from "The Lair of the Catholic Cavemen" and posted without our commentary.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I don't get was is bad here.

    SO someone said he looks like a bear..Was that very harmful?

    Someone said she resembles a handsome man. IS that bad.? DO brothers and sisters sometimes resemble one another? i think so.

  12. Anonymous says:

    These religious leadere might have hardened hearts. If so, you still want to target the average catholic in the pews who knows litle about liturgical abuses, homosexuality, abortion, birth control, premarital sex, pornography and natural family planning. All they see is what they get on Sundays. So if they happen to learn about your site and see questionable things as their first encounter with orthodox catholics, they are not going to spend too much time here.

    Even if you only convert one person your mission will be a success. Mother Theresa said, "It's not about succeeding, but trying"

  13. John says:

    I have seen many people be "converted" here BECAUSE of the approach, Anonymous. So many blogs are afraid of making enemies or offending anyone. Heaven forbid that the perpetrators of abuses feel an ounce of shame.

    If people stumbled onto this site and feel offended by whatever supposed travesty they see, they are more than welcome to post comments as we are.

    And it seems to me that this approach is the most "popular" ( no offense to other bloggers). I mean, what other blog got over 35,000 hits in just four months?

    Not very many.

    And if I were a person who stumbled across this site and saw supposed Catholics posting funny photos and captions of the bishop, my first reaction would be "Wow. These people have a sense of humor!"

  14. Dr. K says:

    "I mean, what other blog got over 35,000 hits in just four months?"

    The numbers are actually well north of that. The counter at the bottom of the page wasn't counting hits for a few weeks for whatever reason. Cleansing Fire tends to get 250-300 unique visitors per day, and over 300 total visits each day. That's decent for an upstart blog. Our present approach does appear to be working. We do try to balance off the liturgical abuse posts with commentary, comedy, DoR history, news, and so forth.

    ~Dr. K

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