History Jokes: Thomas Aquinas and the Pope


Funny anecdotes and short stories are a great source of examples in public speeches. This website contains short funny stories, clean jokes and humorous legends of kings and queens, politicians, famous literary figures and artists from many books and sources. The styles of writers from different time periods was preserved - they often enhance the stories in an amusing way. Enjoy and have fun!

Thomas Aquinas and the Pope 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 06:21 PM - Religious jokes, Church history jokes, Clean Christian jokes, Medieval jokes and anecdotes
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St. Thomas was one day with Pope Innocent
the Fourth in his closet, when an officer of his
chancery came in with a bag of gold, procured by
Absolutions and Indulgences. The Pope profanely
said: "See, young man, the Church is not what
it was in the times when it used to say,
Silver and gold have I none"
-- ”Holy Father, that is very true,
indeed," replied St. Thomas,
"but then it cannot say to the poor afflicted with
“the palsy, Rise, take up thy bed and walk.”
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Thomas Aquinas 

St. Thomas possessing an ardent mind, devoted it to the studies then in vogue, scholastic philosophy and theology. In the latter, indeed, he was so eminently successful, that Bucer said of him: Tolle Thomam, et Ecciesiam Romam subverterem: "Take away St. Thomas, and I will effect the downfall of the Roman Church."

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Thomas Aquinas - bos mutus 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 05:33 PM - Medieval jokes and anecdotes
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THIS extraordinary person, like many men
of great talents, showed in his early youth none of
that liveliness and vivacity of disposition which is
but too often mistaken for quick parts. He was
called by his companions “bos mutus” (silent ox),
but his master, Albert the Great,
more capable of distinguishing,
used to say of him to those who gave
him that odious appellation: “The learned bellowing
of this silent ox will one day fill up the universe".
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Louis IX and "a lady of quality" 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 05:16 PM - Medieval jokes and anecdotes
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A Lady of quality once appearing before Louis,
to solicit some favour of him, in a dress too
juvenile for her years, the good Monarch said to her:
"Madam, I will take care of your suit,
if you will take care of your situation. Your beauty
once made a great noise in this kingdom, but
it is passed like a flower in the field. It is in
vain that you endeavour to bring it back again;
you had much better attend to the beat¿y of the
mind, which never fades."
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Crusade of St. Louis — Teaching by the signs 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 04:41 PM - Medieval jokes and anecdotes
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Joinville, in his Memoirs of St. Louis, tells us of a
woman who, in the crusade headed by that king, was
seen carrying in her right hand a porringer of fire,
and in her left a bottle of water. With the fire,
Joinville says, she wished to burn paradise, with the
water to drown hell, so that none might do good for
the reward of the one, nor avoid evil from fear of the
other, since every good ought to be done from the
perfect and sincere love which man owes to his
Creator, who is the supreme good.
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