Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Papa Gregory

Today is the Feast of Gregory the Great (d 604). You can read about him in orotund Catholic style at the link, but top five reasons to love Papa Gregory:

1. Gregorian chant--rocking the world since AD 598.

2. Rich yuppie + conversion experience = monk.

3. non angli, sed angeli. And the heathen English all rejoice.

4. The Super-duper Roman bestseller, Pastoral Care

5. Lazy clerics + Papa Gregory = Sudden feverish activity.

As against that, John Calvin actually liked him, calling him "the last good Pope."
Luckily, back when the Curia didn't take ages to do anything, they canonised him anyway.

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