Post-It notes from the papal kitchen

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 22, 2004

Date: 6 December 2003
To: Zofi
From: Stan
Re: Last night's dinner

The boss said the soup was good. Nice work.

Date: 8 December 2003
To: Sr. Zofia
From: JNV
Re: Super Soup

Rina told me the Pope thought your soup was the hit of Friday's meal. Any chance of my getting the recipe?

Date: 17 December 2003
To: Sr. Z. M.
From: +Stanislaw Dziwisz
Re: Terrible error

Marcello over at L'Avvenire claims the Holy Father used the word "good" of the soup you prepared for his supper on 5 December. Impossible. Can't imagine where he got the idea.

Date: 22 December 2003
To: Sr. Zofia
From: JNV
Re: From the housetops

Still hearing from all sides about your famous bouillabaise. You should chisel the word "Good!" on the plinth above your stove.

Date: 18 January 2004
To: Sr. M. Zofia Mesczynski, O.S.F.,
From: M. Rev. Msgr. Stanislaw Dziwisz, titular Archbishop of San Leone
Re: Baseless Rumors

I categorically repudiate any suggestion that Pope John Paul II, in his capacity of Bishop of Rome, expressed any opinion whatsover regarding the products of your kitchen. I look to you to contradict all reports to the contrary.

Date: 20 January 2004
To: All Kitchen Personnel of the Pontifical Household
From: Dr. Joaquin Navarro-Valls
Re: Clarification

His Holiness is not in the habit of delivering judgments of a gastronomic nature on particular items of his diet. Suggestions that he used a term of approbation in discussing his meals have their origins in the difficulty of understanding his speech due to impairment brought on by the Parkinson's disease which he doesn't have. The claim that he would have intended the word "good" in a positive sense is preposterous prima facie and does not merit credibility. A memorandum indicating the contrary that purports to have been issued from my office is a transparent forgery.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 30, 2004 1:39 PM ET USA

    Whether sabotage or bad judgment, the Vatican's apparently shifting stand on the movie is a regrettable. I grieve over it, perhaps more so when a full explanation appears. Protestant mockery may be a fitting rebuke, but the Catholic who mocks will be hard pressed to shed the look of impudence. Passionate condemnation might be turned to passionate defense, but mockery is frivolous and rather less to work with. This is the Church that feeds us, and 'indigestion' may say more of us than it.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 24, 2004 7:18 PM ET USA

    We must recall how much Polish Catholics are being abused by revisionists as anti-Semites and actually being themselves blamed for the erection of concentration camps. As if Polish Catholics did not die in the Nazi camps. Kolbe ring a bell? Bp. Dziwisz is just protecting our Holy Father and his friend from more grief. Diogenes' joke is well done, but I would say Bp. Dziwisz deserves a bit of slack cut him. Guilty of ineptitude? Maybe. Taking the hit himself? Definitely. May the truth prevail.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 24, 2004 1:34 PM ET USA

    I too am amazed at how often this is popping up all over the internet. I do believe that the intercession of St Catherine of Sienna had something to do with Diogenes' divine inspiration in writing this one. Evelyn Waugh, if he can read Diogenes, is smiling.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2004 1:41 PM ET USA

    This is so RIGHT-ON!!! There are links to this popping-up all over the net...... I am still the way a my best friend saw the Passion last night in Plano, Texas.....he said "nobody left with dry eyes" and that is was the first time he had seen people "paralyzed emotionally", people just could not get up and walk out, they just sat there in quite reflection in "sacred silence".

  • Posted by: shrink - Jan. 22, 2004 7:50 PM ET USA

    Diogenes: Simply Delicious! God forbid that the humility, ala Foraine, should descend upon you!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 22, 2004 6:09 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, we have reached the point where I no longer reach up to tip my biretta when your name comes up. It tips itself. And burps quietly. And contentedly.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 22, 2004 4:00 PM ET USA

    Date: 20 January 2004 To: All Kitchen Personnel of the Pontifical Household From: Vatican Web Master Re: Clarification Due to routine systems maintenance, email addresses ending in the domain name will be temporarily unavailable. Those with specific enquiries or comments are encouraged to keep those enquiries to themselves. ps Can we get take-out next time? I was thinking something Greek (Byzantine) rather than Italian (Roman).