I hate my job

3 05 2010

so it is 7 am and I am in work.

Nothing new there you might think, I am always in work at 7 am, quite often writing these blogs!

Well today is different it is the May bank holiday and as such there are only 3 people in the office and of course I am one of them, not only that but I have been told I have to work overtime.

This wouldn’t be a huge problem to me normally, in fact it isn’t really getting in the way of any plans today but it is the principal that is bothering me.

You see I was also here on Good Friday and Easter Monday, before that I was here on St Patrick’s Day, same for New Year’s Day, St Stephen’s day (boxing day back home) and Christmas Eve; in fact I haven’t had a bank holiday off since January 2008 .

I don’t want to sound bitter but some of my colleagues get every stinking bank holiday off and a whole bunch of public holidays that we don’t even really have an entitlement to.

When I have quizzed this in the past I have been told that it is because they are married or have kids etc. Well this argument unravels a little bit when you take into account that I have a longterm partner and she has a kid.

Geewizz I didn’t realise I was working for the Catholic Church here, at least their draconian views have some sort of historical precedent.

Happy fucking May Day





Vatican moves to distance itself from Holocaust statements by the Pope’s own preacher

3 04 2010

Following on from the statements made in yesterday’s Good Friday sermon by the Pope’s personal preacher, the Vatican has very quickly moved to distance themselves from these statements and in particular to distance the Pope from them.

The preacher had stated that the accusations being made about clerical abuse are akin to the collective violence meted out to Jews during the Holocaust ( see here for more)

The Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, later contacted The Associated Press and said Cantalamessa wasn’t speaking as a Vatican official when he compared “attacks”‘ on the pope to “collective” violence against Jews.

Although the Vatican said Cantalamessa wasn’t speaking as an official of the Holy See, its official daily newspaper L’Osservatore Romano ran the text of the homily in full. (see story in full here)

Funny how this isn’t an official statement but the homily was printed up by the official newspaper for the Vatican, I might be off the mark here but surely that would be checked by someone and they wouldn’t print things that were in line with what the Vatican was stating.

Looks to me like some people are just backsliding away as fast as they can…








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