Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Vatican vs. Gertrude Stein (Part V)

THE VATICAN: Every individual may kill a heretic. Prelates or Inquisitors may torture witnesses to obtain the truth.

GERTRUDE STEIN: There is no pope.

2 Comments:

Blogger Matthew S said...

First, do you have a citation to Catholic Teaching about torture? Something that would state that Catholics believe officially that torture of non-believers is a matter of doctrine?

Second, I can say, "Their is no gravity." However, that does not make it so.

Under the Mercy,

Matthew S

11:24 AM  
Blogger Shimmy said...

Mercy sakes alive, Matthew! Thanks for your note.

As you can see from the link I provided, this text is from a translation of the Directorium Inquisitorum (Directory for the Inquisitors), a 1584 publication ordered by command of the Cardinals Inquisitors General and dedicated to Pope Gregory XIII.

The Directorium Inquisitorum became the definitive procedural handbook for the Spanish Inquisition through the seventeenth century.

I didn't understand your phrase, "Their is no gravity." Is it from the Latin mass? Or have I been sleeping in the bathtub?

Or perhaps the phrase "Their is no gravity" is a lunar variant of "There is no gravity." Perhaps English-speaking citizens of the moon, where gravity exists with only 1/6 the force it does on earth, use a vernacular whose spelling is 1/6 that of English-speaking citizens of earth.

I still don't understand your argument that the "pope" exists -- especially on the moon, of all places. I mean, Great Caesar's Ghost!

Yours, heliocentrically,
Shimmy

3:11 PM  

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