|Order from Weird Coast T-shirts|
Siverius seems to have been a victim of the St. Peter Principle, the rule that says priests tend to rise to their level of incompetence. Certainly, Siverius was promoted way beyond his competence level and he paid dearly for it.
His dad was Pope Saint Hormisdas (August 6), who had a good nine-year run on Saint Peter's Chair. There was no scandal about the Holy Father having a son -- he received holy orders after his wife died and his son was grown. He rose quickly, served faithfully, and was by all accounts a capable pope. But times were somewhat tumultuous; there were six popes in the fourteen years following his papacy, ending with the very brief pontificate of his son, Silverius.
|Dover Plains, New York|
|Don't give that key to the Goths|
Vigilius, now an agent of the Empress, followed Belisarius back to Rome. He told the General that the Pope was secretly conspiring to hand the City over to the Goths. Belisarius dismissed the report, but Vigilius trotted out witnesses. I'm not the official judge of Eighth Commandment violations (or Ninth, depending on your version), but even I can see that these folks have a long stay in Purgatory.
|Should have stayed in Patara|
The festival of San Silverio is held on Ponza every year. If you can't make it this year, perhaps you can attend the festival in Dover Plains, NY (near Poughkeepsie) on Sunday, June 24. There will be a marching band, raffles, games, and food. And Big Daddy Kane might even come by to perform "Popin' Ain't Easy."