20 July 2023

Olfactory Ecumenism

 Canon Charles Hutchinson, a close lookalike of the late Benito Mussolini, il Duce, once Anglican chaplain (I mean Hutch was) in Istanbul ... oops, I meant to say Constantinople ... had the good fortune to meet Mgr Roncalli, at that time Apostolic Delate in, er, Byzantium. He displayed (Hutch, I mean, did) an autographed photograph of that prelate ... and, beside it, two more autographed photographs of rising clerics.

He used to offer admirers this scholion of the three photographs: "I think I am probably the only Anglican clergyman who has been kissed by the Pope, the Ecumenical Patriarch, and the Patriarch of Moscow; and, you know, they all smelt of garlic.".

I am confident that there will be many readers whose relationships with PF are close enough for them to be able to tell us ... er ...


Albertus said...

If only PF smelt of garlic... I have been told by those who have been near enough know that he reeks of sulphur.

Matthew F Kluk said...

Sulphur. Brimstone. Burnt ozone.

Grant Milburn said...

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night

So, take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That's nobody's business but the Turks!

(Or is it?)

Chris said...

I thought PF was supposed to smell of sheep. Given his attitude to congregations he disagrees with, that could be mutton with plenty of garlic, of course.