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Walking it like you talk it - Orianna Fallaci's will

The great lady has left her books and notes to the Pontifical Lateranense University in Rome, having commented a while back, "I am an atheist, and if an atheist and a pope think the same things, there must be something true".

More here.

I predict that the University will be called upon
to renounce the bequest by You Know Who within the next 24 hours.
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Anonymous verity said... 7:25 pm

Ya think?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:35 pm

Yup, sure as night follows day...  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 8:07 pm

orianni fallaci,
she is sven goran ericcsons girl friend?  

Blogger istanbultory said... 8:30 pm

Orianna would have done better to leave the cash to the victims of sexual abuse suffered at the hands of RC priests. As a journalist, she obviously knew about the RC bishops across the world who knowingly appointed thousands of abusive priests into unsuspecting parishes and dioceses. As if the Vatican needs the money- a ridiculous bequest.  

Anonymous verity said... 8:34 pm

Benedict has set himself to save Western civilisation and Christianity. She left her money to a strong ally.  

Blogger istanbultory said... 8:36 pm

Deadful grammar above. that should be "some cash" in the first sentence. Last sentence "As if the Vatican needs such a ridiculous bequest".
The papists have the ability to drive me to incoherence. I'm off to His Grace's place.  

Blogger istanbultory said... 8:40 pm

Dreadful grammar I mean. Benedict didn't too well as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in rooting out or punishing abusive priests. That says a lot about him. Ratzinger's words are as worthless as his deeds have been.  

Anonymous verity said... 8:44 pm

Ms Fallaci was exercising her right to leave her fortune as she judged best.  

Blogger istanbultory said... 8:49 pm

And she misjudged...badly.  

Anonymous verity said... 8:52 pm

Such a shame that she failed to ask for your counsel.  

Blogger istanbultory said... 8:55 pm

there are more deserving causes than the Vatican. And she was an atheist.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:55 pm

I would think that OF was seeking to place her intellectual ammunition where she thought it would most likely to be used, rather than bequesting it to some wealthy foundation or whatever where it would line shelves and prompt the occasional PhD. Given her love of her native land, it is hard for me to dispute the wisdom of her choice, my misgivings about the RC church notwithstanding.  

Blogger istanbultory said... 9:08 pm

Indeed. But I suspect you are right. The Vatican won't touch this archive. In her book "The Force of Reason", Fallaci blamed the Catholic Church's lax policies on immigration and ecumenism for the disintegration of Europe's identity. I doubt if the Vat. will overlook and forgive that kind of thinking....  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 9:16 pm

Most Catholics are agnostic, its more about community and culture rather than faith, as is all religion (ask an honest jew).
I am nominally Catholic and still hold some affection for the Church, however, I just cannot find it within myself to forgive them for the institutional abuse, by that I mean the cover ups, something this pope is guilty of.
If an individual can ignore the abuse of a child then he most certainly is not infallible.
So if I ever do decide to attend church again it will be an Anglo Catholic one, I have one nearby a fine victorian Gothic pile just off Maida Vale.
As an aside I had an Anglo catholic priest conduct my grandfather funeral, he was the double of Allen Bennett and had a similar sense of (I asked the undertaker for an amusing priest and they came up with a goodun)  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:15 pm

I'll go along with Peter on this one. I always describe myself as an Anglican agnostic / atheist, as the god I cannot believe in is frightfully English and a C of E church feels 'normal' to me in a way that an RC church, a non-con chapel etc does not. I rendered my (non) credo at greater length over at His Grace's some time back.

Like the idea of asking and getting a priest with a GSOH, has to be said.  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 11:15 pm

"His Grace"
Is currently pained due to the death of a friend, took a poem I left on Iain Dales blog very badly.
Shame that, it was sincerely meant.
I wish him well and include him in my agnostic meditations.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:22 pm

He's a decent sort, and provides a fine sandbox to play in, doesn't he?

I like mixing the serious with the downright silly, but that is not how he does things.  

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