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Are you at risk of Personal Ordinariate Derangement Syndrome?

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Last year scientists identified a new condition affecting thousands of people around the world: Obama Derangement Syndrome. They define this as “the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the statements – nay – the very existence of Barack Obama”.

Researchers have now discovered a debilitating new substrain, which they are calling Personal Ordinariate Derangement Syndrome, or PODS.

If you are highly intelligent, have a worldwide following which hangs on your every word and have a pre-existing dislike of Benedict XVI, then you run a high risk of developing PODS. How do you know whether you have the syndrome? Simple: if you begin to write an article about the Pope’s new Anglican provision and find yourself raging about cannibalism, homophobia, misogyny and pederasty, then you should consult your doctor immediately. Prominent sufferers include Richard Dawkins, Maureen Dowd and Hans Küng.

Photo: A patient receives an inoculation against PODS

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 28, 2009 at 12:26 pm

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