Are you having trouble surfing the Net? If so, 'spiritual' help may soon be at hand! It appears that 'Old Papa' is on the verge of another dementia – that of appointing a patron saint of the Internet.
Tom Hallwood, spokesman for the Catholic Media Office, comments: "There has been no official statement from Rome, but this has been an idea floating around for a while, so why not? There are patron saints of many things, so why not let the Internet have one?"
The choice is widely believed to be 'Saint' Isidor of Seville. Hallwood says: "It is a good idea and might be able to help us all when we are about to crash."
The enlightened mind boggles! Since Isidor (c. 560-636 A.D.) died almost 1,400 years ago, he is unlikely to be of much use in preventing a 21st-century electronic "crash"!
Described in Ernest Brehaut's 1912 biography (reprinted 1967) as "an encyclopaedist of the Dark Ages", Isidor is credited with producing the world's first database – a 20-volume encyclopaedia entitled Etymologies –, writing a history of the world, and introducing the works of Aristotle to Spain. In 633 he headed the Fourth Council of Toledo, which, among other politico-religious matters, unilaterally decreed union between the Roman Catholic Church and the Spanish State, and uniformity in the Spanish Mass. He was canonized by Pope Clement VIII in 1598. Pope Innocent XIII formally declared him a doctor of the church in 1722.
The name of Isidor is also notorious in connecton with the so-called Isidorian Decretals, on the basis of which Pope Adrian IV colluded with King Henry II of England in 1170 and by his Bull Laudabiliter 'gave' Ireland to him as a stolen gift. This is how Romanism was imposed on a country where Biblical Christianity had flourished since the arrival of Patrick in 432 and had existed for two centuries before. Ironically, these decretals were proved by none other than Roman Catholic scholars themselves to have been forged.
It is thought that the move to appoint a saint for the Internet has been prompted by pressure from Roman Catholic users world-wide, predominantly in Spain. The Vatican portrays Isidor as a liberal because of his tolerance of the Jews, but such a ruse will deceive no one: Spanish Papal 'liberalism' included the tortures of the Inquisition at its worst, and, as recent revelations against Pius XII have confirmed, the Vatican's real attitude to the Jews has been monumentally exposed. It has been familiar since Rolf Hochhuth’s play The Deputy of 1963. Popery's anti-Semitism has not changed since the Middle Ages, when it already foreshadowed Hitlerism in forcing Jews to wear special clothing and live in ghettos.
The Vatican and the Roman Catholic church are heavily involved with the Internet. The Pope broadcasts live speeches on the Web, and Vatican Radio is broadcast online. One noteworthy feature of the Vatican site is that, true to the self-professed "infallibility" of 'Holy Mother Church', it has no facility for feedback which might call its false doctrines into question.
The Vatican site uses three servers, superstitiously called Raphael, Gabriel and Michael. Now we have this absurd and laughable idea of nominating some sort of religious 'saviour' to prevent Internet-surfers from "crashing". The move exposes yet again the obsolete mentality of a false religion which in this age of modern technology is still rooted in the fantasies of the Dark Ages.
There is only one Saviour Who can prevent you from "crashing", and Who has already paid the full price – the Lord Jesus Christ.