Ottawa, Canada - With the close of last week's plenary meeting of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops an unprecedented upsurge of interest in the Catholic Church has begun to be felt across the world.
"Phones have been ringing off the hook in every rectory in the world," said Special Undersecretary in Charge of Insurance Policies for the CCCB, Fr. Mark Jurring. "It's driving pastors crazy."
Eighty-year-old, Fr. Rick Drango, who oversees St. Mark's Mission about three hundred kilometers north of Saskatoon said, "It's near impossible to get a good twelve hours sleep anymore since that darn council ended."
The CCCB passed measures on a whole host of matters from the mundane, like what kind of printers to buy for the Ottawa head office - they went with HPs - to the sublime, like how many letters they should write against fracking and whether they first draft a letter to the UN about the rights of all people to clean drinking water or to education. They went with the water one.
Most of the September 14-18 meeting was devoted to spirited bilingual speeches on issues like inclusion and on non-exclusion, "But there was lots of time," said Bishop Pringo of Halifax-Dartmouth-Bedford-Sackville-East Chezzetcook in Nova Scotia, "For coming together and sharing our stories, our stories of learning faith from the priestly people."
"And there was lots of time for tweeting encouraging messages to the faithful on our Blackberries and iPhones," said CCCB General Secretary, Dwayne Trudeau, who says he himself has close to eight million followers on Twitter.
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he attended every single meeting of the
Plenary in his Numby t-shirt
When asked about the news from up north, Pope Francis said with a distinctly wistful tone, "If I had known about the CCCB Plenary, I would not have bothered with my trip."
Indeed, the number-one seller on Amazon is now the Salt and Light special edition t-shirts called 'The Heroes of Plenary 2015.' Because of his breathtaking speech on enviro-friendly sanctuary lighting, Bishop Gerry Numby's t-shirt is said to be especially sought-after.