Daily Archives: May 3, 2021

Pope Francis’ New $50 Max. Anti-Bribery Rule Is Beyond Laughable As It Applies To Cardinals.


Click here to access the original ‘Catholic News Agency’ article.


Yes, of course, we all know it is wrong, BUT that is how the Vatican has operated, unchanged, unchecked since time immemorial (or, if you want to start getting pedantic, for at least the last 1,700-years). Yes, yes, yes. There have been various anti-corruption & ‘bannish simony‘ efforts, rules & laws for the years, BUT they have all, always, been conveniently ignored.

The curia could not, would not, exist but for corruption & bribes. That is just the way things happen, the way things are done.

Cardinals, in particular, rely on these stuffed, white envelopes, full of high-denomination dollar bills, to exist. Without these bribes they would have to abide by the constricts of poverty. That would never do.

It gets funnier & funnier. The U.S. resident cardinals are the BIGGEST culprits when it comes to bribing curial staff — whether they be curial cardinals, archbishops, bishops, monsignors or lesser.

This is a joke. The pope is trying to be FUNNY.

How can be stop it? Pray tell me. OK. They will stop accepting fat, white envelopes in PUBLIC, at the Vatican. So, what? This is hilarious. Laugh. It is good for you. I did. I still laugh when I think of this.


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by Anura Guruge

Today’s Collection Of Flora & Funga From My Morning Walk; May 3, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


Though the temps are far from warm, let alone hot, flora, tenacious as ever, are trying to make their presence felt. After the long, cold winters we endure it is such a delight to see color — & life.

The mushrooms were a treat. What tremendous colors. They look like cross-sections of brains. But, I have seen mushrooms on that very same log earlier in the year. I will have to keep an eye to see how they evolve.

Hope you like.


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by Anura Guruge


The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 5) + 6 Also-Rans — May 3, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.


The also rans:


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by Anura Guruge


Roman (Vatican) Curia, With Names (In English), At-A-Glance, by Br. César J. Tobón — May 2021.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. In English.

Br. César J. Tobón now (as of last August)
does an English version.


August 2020 (in English) for COMPARISON.


Copyright of this beautiful document belongs to Br. César J. Tobón.

This is an update to the August 2020 chart. Lots of valuable information.

We also have previous charts. Search on ‘curia‘, on this BLOG, to find them.

Also please check the wonderful Consistory images by Br. César J. Tobón.


Click on icon to download the May 2021 images as a small (clean) PDFs.


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by Anura Guruge