23 December 2015


I wonder if there is a list available of the images illustrating Biodiversity which are being projected onto the facade of S Peter's ... the only pictures I have seen have been of the more "Attenborough" bits of fauna ... furry mammals ... graceful whales ... you know what I mean. What about the rest of God's creation? All of it, so Dogma informs us, is Good (or are you a Manichaean?).

I will believe that this show is about something more than childish sentimentality when I hear that an image of the Ebola Virus or of an advanced brain tumour has been 'screened'. Or Adolf Hitler. Or, as an example of the wondrous symbioses of Nature, the maggots on the decomposing corpse of a Black Rat.

(I invite readers to nominate their own varied and illuminating examples of Biodiversity.)

"The Papa Bergoglio Cuddly Pets Show" is my own private title for this daft misuse of a superb piece of baroque architecture.

UPDATE is it technologically possible to project three-dimensional images? So that, when the Holy Father makes his public appearance on Christmas Morning, he could appear to be wearing the Triregnum?


philipjohnson said...

Fr.Far more sinister i am afraid.The Smoke of Satan has entered the fissures of the Church.This was said by Pope Paul the Sixth in,i think the year 1969 or 1970.The Devil is in there now!!God Bless.

Peter said...

Causes of schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis is caused by tiny parasitic worms called schistosomes. The worms live in fresh water in tropical and subtropical countries.

As well as rivers and lakes, the worms can also live in man-made structures such as reservoirs, irrigation ditches and canals.

Schistosomiasis is most common in rural environments that have high levels of poverty and poor sanitation, particularly where fresh water is used for irrigation.

It is possible to develop schistosomiasis if you have contact with infected water – for example, when paddling, swimming, washing or showering.

William said...


Other disparaging epithets are also available. Consult your nearest Roget's.

Andrew Malton said...

Mole rats. Female spiders. Tent moth caterpillars. Cane toads. Fuligo septica. Praying mantis.

Ben of the Bayou said...

The cockroach. Show me a Death's Head cockroach.

Jonathan said...

The jargon of the trade is 'charismatic megafauna.'

zeusantony said...

Perhaps something to do with the Nativity of our Blessed Lord and his Holy Mother?

Or some other connection with the Catholic Church.

Liam Ronan said...

How about a whacking great lump of brown ambergris floating on the sea? Looks bad, smells worse, but over time it becomes perfume.

Charlesdawson said...

Lucilia bufonivora is a species of parasitic wasp which lays its eggs in or just outside the nostrils of frogs and toads. As the larvae hatch out they start to feed on the nasal tissues, finally working their way up through the sinus cavities into the eyes and brains of the (still living) host. Amphibians have been observed wandering around desperately crying out and attempting to breathe (they can't do so through their mouths like mammals)....Sunt lacrimae rerum.

Pete said...

I think this hymn sums it up well.

TITLE: All Things Dull and Ugly
Lyrics and Chords

All things dull and ugly, all creatures short and squat
All things rude and nasty, the Lord God made the lot
Each little snake that poisons, each little wasp that stings
He made their brutish venom, He made their horrid wings

/ C F C - G D G G7 / C F C CF C G7 C - /
/ G D G GC G D G E7 / Am - D7 GC G D7 G7 - /

All things sick and cancerous, all evil great and small
All things foul and dangerous, the Lord God made them all
Each nasty little hornet, each beastly little squid
Who made the spiky urchin? Who made the shark? He did

All things scabbed and ulcerous, all pox both great and small
Putrid, foul and gangrenous, the Lord God made them all