Master Ripley, teach me your wisdom

I said I would do it and so I shall. Here are the facts taken from one random set of pages in that wonder of the catechetical world, A Catholic’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! I’ve copied them as they appear, although they’re not numbered in the book. In case it needs clarification, I have no idea whether these are true; I did not write them, and I take no responsibility for their content or sentiment, blah blah blah.

  1. Nineteen members of baseball’s Hall of Fame are Catholics.
  2. On May 25, 1961, the Holy See donated $460,000 to the Program for Refugees, a committee of the United Nations. This amount was the highest contributed by any of the 76 participating nations and territories.
  3. The wearing of red hats by Cardinals was an official decree of the Council of Lyons held in 1245.
  4. The smallest of our states, Rhode Island, has the highest Catholic population percentage: 60.7%.
  5. Only with special permission are clerics allowed to give bail for anyone.
  6. Christian belief is that after Christ’s Resurrection He appeared first to His Blessed Mother.
  7. Greek was the official tongue for Christians for the first two or three years after the Apostles.
  8. Jean Fabre, the Homer of the Insect World, was a Catholic.
  9. In the early days of the Church, the term synagogue referred to a Christian Church.
  10. St John is represented in religious art as a lion, the beast of the desert, because he opens his narrative with “the voice of one crying in the wilderness.”

Well, there you go. Now run off and bug your parents with your new-found knowledge.

Only two comments from me. First, number nine seems a bit backward. Second, Jean-Henri Fabre appears to have been a 19th century author of books about insects. He is quoted at Wiki as having said:

“Others again have reproached me with my style, which has not the solemnity, nay, better, the dryness of the schools. They fear lest a page that is read without fatigue should not always be the expression of the truth. Were I to take their word for it, we are profound only on condition of being obscure.”

In conclusion, I want the words “the Homer of the Insect World” on my tombstone.


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