Laughter in the Refectory: Papal Pun

Duffy in his book refers to a comment by Pope Gregory XVI (1831-46) that the railways were”infernal machines” (Duffy, 2006, p. 281).  This reminded me that at Seminary I had learned that this was in fact a papal pun:  in French, chemin de fer, chemin d’Enfer.  [The railroad is the road to Hell.]

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