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Tue Dec 29, 2020, 02:55 PM

Vatican priest who appeared in Religulous dies

NPR remembers the Rev. Reginald Foster — perhaps the world's foremost Latin scholar. He was the official translator for four popes and inspired Roman tour guides for Latin enthusiasts worldwide.

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/28/950886281/reginald-foster-worlds-renowned-latinist-dies-at-81

Here's the clip from Religulous. Quite a character!

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Lord Ludd Dec 29 OP
tblue37 Dec 29 #1
musette_sf Dec 29 #2
Lord Ludd Dec 29 #5
tblue37 Dec 29 #6
ItsjustMe Dec 29 #3
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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 03:17 PM

1. Deafie here: could you provide a brief summary, please? Thanks.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 03:35 PM

2. From his NYT obit - he was quite a character

One of the world’s foremost experts on Latin, Father Foster was a monk who looked like a stevedore, dressed like a janitor and swore like a sailor.

He was LXXXI.

Father Foster was unabashedly bibulous (from the Latin bibere, “to drink”); combustible (< combustibilis); dyspeptic (a Greek word, but indisputably apposite); cacophonous (his was a partly silent order, a state of affairs he more than made up for outside the monastery); undiplomatic (in interviews, he had all manner of advice for his exalted bosses, none of it solicited); and more than a trifle insurrectionist (in the privacy of his monastery room, he told The Minneapolis Star Tribune in 1998, he liked to say Mass attired as he was the day he was born).

“I’m a nudist,” he said. “If God doesn’t like that — sorry.”


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/27/obituaries/reginald-foster-vatican-latinist-who-tweeted-in-the-language-dies-at-81.html

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 07:45 PM

5. Okey-doke

Bill Maher: "When you look at a giant building like that -- a palace -- does it seem at odds with the message of the founder?"
Rev. Foster: "Why, certainly."

Rev. Foster also blew raspberries at the existence of Hell & the date of Jesus's birth. "It could've been July 3rd."

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Response to Lord Ludd (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 08:50 PM

6. Thank you! nt

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 04:19 PM

3. I was just

Thinking about him the other day.

I need to rewatch Religulous.

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 04:26 PM

4. You can also view Religulous

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