Friday, September 23, 2011

Don't Upset Hogan's Heroes

Once upon a time in a Catholic News service there was a publisher whose name was Hogan

She had lots of heroes including of course Pope Benedict One bright spring day the  publisher ran a story from AFP about the fact that George and Joseph Ratzinger had never fallen in love with girls. Now both news services allow for public comment on news items. 

Meanwhile out in the blogsphere the Holy Irritant decided to add a comment o the CathNews report of this papal revelation. HI sent off the following comment:

Wow, the Ratzinger boys  never fell in love with a girl because they wanted to  "take another path that excludes marriage"
You mean they are both  good Catholic gay guys??

Now HI is a bit of a veteran at dealing with editorial whims having written his first "Letter to the Editor" to the Herald Sun back in 1967. he knows that CathNews doesn't always publish his somewhat "left field" comments  every time he serves them up on a cyber platter.

However this time  it was different. (At this point dear reader if this was a printed page you would have to turn the page with a sense of dramatic expectation. Perhaps you could just close your eyes for a minute before reading on)

HI received an email from the publisher. There was no message just his comment in the text of the post.  But there in the subject line was the editorial reprimand: Tony - knock it off!

The exclamation mark took HI's breath away and he sat down to think hard about how he had offended one of the Hogan's Heroes. After much pondering and a quick google search HI realised that on her Facebook page Hogan the publisher describes her religious views as  "tolerant thinking Anglo-Catholic"

"Aha", though HI in one of those 'Aha" moments.Is Hogan waiting in the queue for the doors to open for the Australian Anglican ordinariate? This could explain the reprimand for making light of  the papal revelations

So Hogan didn't publish the comment and HI published it in  his blog and they were both left wondering

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