Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Papal Caganer in the Nativity


My domestic  Nativity for 2015 is pretty inclusive. Garden gnomes, TV stars and statues of popular religion all get to come inside and bask in the 12 days of fame. You might wonder about the papal guest in the corner. 

Pope Benedict is now available in his retirement as a Caganer (Catalan pronunciation:[kəɣəˈne])  a small statue found in Catalonia, in neighbouring areas with Catalan culture such as Andorra, and in other parts of Spain, Portugal and Italy. The figure is depicted in the act of defecationCaganer is Catalanfor "shitter".


The reasons for placing a man who is in the act of excreting solid waste from his posterior in a scene which is widely considered holy are as follows:
  1. Just tradition.
  2. Scatological humor.
  3. Finding the Caganer is a fun game, especially for children.
  4. The Caganer, by creating feces, is fertilizing the Earth. However, this is probably an a posteriori explanation, and nobody would say they put the Caganer on the Nativity scene for this reason.
  5. The Caganer represents the equality of all people e.g. regardless of status, race, gender everyone defecates.
The article for the above quote also makes reference to the Catalan greeting before eating;  "menja be caga fort" (Eat well, shit strong).

Caganer a gift for Christmas, figures, crafts  Check out World Leaders Cajaners here. There is now a Pope Francis Caganer available so he may make an appearance in 2016!!

Friday, December 25, 2015


Mark Scott Cartoonist Herald Sun Melbourne
As we celebrate the 12  days of  Christmas I greet my diverse social media  network with the universal message of peace on earth and good will to all.

I wrote this piece last year. It bears repeating just as our work of building peace and community is a constant refrain to life’s song.

May the ancient story of a child born in occupied territory open our hearts to the work of defending human rights.
May the birth of every child call us to our communal responsibility to protect children,to take them on wild adventures and to let them grow into the unique person they care called to be.
May the the image of a family forced to seek refuge and asylum far from their home inform our political choices as citizens of a global village.
May our messages of good wishes and happy holidays not blind us to the work of justice making and non-violence.
May the lights and decorations of the season remind us of our mission to bring light to the darkness and celebration to life.
May our gifting be generous as we remember those who live in situations of poverty and exploitation.
May we hear angelic voices singing our dream of peace on earth