Jackass for the Hour: Two chapters

Jewish ghetto tempio maggiore san gregorio della divina pieta

Looking from across the Tiber River in Rome you see part of the Jewish Ghetto with the Tempio Maggiore. The (in)famous church of San Gregorio della divina pieta is on the lower far right of the picture. That church has a facade that is important in Chapter 28: Perfidious Jews.

It’s been a while since a chapter was published for Jackass for the Hour. Chapter 27 was just put up. That was just now followed by Chapter 28 (Perfidious Jews). The two go together. It would be good to see Rabbi Shelomoh ben Yishaq in all his glory.

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5 responses to “Jackass for the Hour: Two chapters

  1. Nan

    We’ve been waiting, impatiently.

  2. Gina Nakagawa

    The long-awaited return of “Jackass for the Hour” has not been a disappointment. Thank you so very much,, Father. It is wonderful to have old friends back i your life.

  3. sanfelipe007

    I echo the others.

  4. sanfelipe007

    I was reading today’s Gospel about the Pharisee and the tax collector, when it struck me that this lesson might have been a better tack for Froben to take with Alexamenos, where this exchange occurs:

    “One cannot Pelagianistically work one’s way into God’s favour, downplaying a connection between Scripture on the one hand and Tradition as Faith on the other. Protestants really do have a concept of justification very different from the Judaeo-Christian, that is, the Judaeo-Catholic belief.”

    “Are you not too confident about your identification of Charity and Faith, Father?”

    Instead of this, perhaps Froben could have brought in Jesus’ parable in Luke 18:9-14 with the words:

    “It is not the one who claims his righteousness who goes home justified, but the one who claims his sin!”


    Or perhaps this accusation might better be placed right after Alexamenos declares:

    “I cannot see why I should apologise for anything I did in Haïti.”

    Anyway, I know you have your own arc of logic in this scene, showing Alexamenos unperturbed, but I would like to see Froben get in at least one good lick – if only to give pause for concern to the reader.

  5. Father George David Byers

    I like that coming after the no apology bit.

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