SHORT STORY: Holy Financial Catechlysm

in fiction •  9 months ago

**Note: The following letter (6 pages) was discovered folded inside a bible bearing the name "Cardinal Mackey". The bible was sitting in the second pew, far left-hand side in St. Mary's Church (Philadelphia, PA USA). It is fair to assume that this was Cardinal Mackey's personal bible and that the letter (including the hand-written notes and scribbles on the letter) were Cardinal Mackey's as well. I haven't attempted to contact Cardinal Mackey as of yet.

Thanks to @serste for permission to use her artwork


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At first, I couldn't believe what I was reading. I am tempted to translate this one to Italian and share it with my catholic country!

I am so happy about this collaboration, you really surprised me, @danielshortell !

Thank you!

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Yeah, I'm not so tempted to share this with my Irish Catholic family, don't reckon I'll get many high fives from them :|

Anyway, this whole project didn't exactly work the way I anticipated. Feels under-baked and overwrought. Plus, the documents just don't present well/not easy to read given the limitations of the platform (screw you Earth and multiverse!) Wait a minute, hold my drink if you wouldn't mind @serste while I shit all over my own work. (Like I said earlier, at least the art looks fantastic!)

Yikes, time to go bang head against wall again, see what leaks out.

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You know what? Take the time you need to produce a version that suits your standards! There's a lot of paintings that took me YEARS to abandon.
Your tale filled my mind with images, and I would really love to sketch something: right now I'm busy looking for a 'real' job, but I hope for a new equilibrium soon!

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Hmmm, wrote the original in 2011...never sounded right to me. Came back this year to revisit, thinking I had a way to bend it to my liking, but no dice. If it can stimulate a new thought or two in a couple people, then that should be good enough.

I like the idea of new equilibrium - it sort of presupposes that the idea of actual equilibrium is nonexistent, therefore we choose to accept fleeting moments of a false perception as reward for a struggle toward a non-actual.

Good luck on your search :)

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But still, I want to share with you the work of an old master of oil and satire: Andrea Landini.
He too was a bit critical with the Roman Catholic Church. Here's one of his works, 'The marry prelates'
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It's a great piece...certainly captures that jovial breeziness one feels when not bogged down with concerns, earthly, heavenly or otherwise ;)

Your margin notes are just...perfection. Thank you for the laugh this morning.

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Thanks @teva.tomey, glad you got a chuckle.