Pope Francis — first of his name; ruler of guys who still wear gold chains and most of anywhere soccer is called “football;” defender of faith-based incense — just wrapped up a very successful tour of the U.S.
The Holy See went and holy saw Washington, D.C., New York City and even slummed it up (for only an afternoon) in Philadelphia. And everywhere he went, he urged us to be the kind of people we like to think we are: to take care of the poor and maybe stop arming so many dillholes. He even convinced House Speaker John Boehner to quit his job and spend more time at home with his bronzer.
All-in-all, U.S. liberals got to sleep easy knowing that the foreign leader of a faith that mostly doesn’t apply to us is one of us. Hey, we might even start going to church again!
It looks like lapsed U.S. Catholics will not break unleavened Jesus with the Holy Roman Church any time soon. According to a new poll, 77 percent of people raised Catholic but no longer attending mass or considering themselves Catholic said that they cannot envision returning to the church. This is sort of bad news for Catholicism in America as U.S. membership has dropped from 23.9 percent of the population to 20.8 in only 7 years.
However, there is a new development out of this: a larger group of people who consider themselves “Culturally Catholic.” So, while only 20.8 percent of Americans consider themselves religiously Catholic or “Catholic Catholic,” 45 percent consider themselves Catholic in some way, whether that’s
Practicing — Catholic Catholics.
Not practicing — only Catholic when it comes to talking to your teenage daughter about birth control.
Ex-Catholic — too scarred from being raised Catholic to deny it.
So, Catholicism might be losing butts in pews, but look at what it’s gaining: the chance for its own Woody Allen … that isn’t a priest. If that isn’t the baseline for a truly mature monotheistic belief system, then we don’t know what is.
When he visits Bolivia in July, Pope Francis plans to eat coca leaves, the main ingredient in cocaine. People deal with the country’s high elevation by getting high off the leaves apparently. The pope has specifically asked to chew coca leaves.
In related news, Pope Francis’ itinerary has him up and talking with people for 48 hours straight.
It’s been a while since The Guys heard from Pope Francis I, so we sent the Harlem Globetrotters over to check on America’s favorite Catholic-who-didn’t-host-The-Colbert-Report.
Frank’s OK, folks! More than OK, actually. He’s now an honorary member of the Globetrotters, which — aside from being the voice of God on Earth — is the greatest distinction a man of his swatch can achieve.
Actually, you know what? We’re pretty sure this beats being the rock Jesus built his church on.
“I want to believe” is a rally cry for all UFO nuts, but what if aliens want to believe in God? Pope Francis said he’d totally baptize those aliens.
During Mass on Monday morning, the pope asked, “If, for example, an expedition of Martians arrived tomorrow, what would happen?” He then said if the little green men were moved by the Holy Spirit to be baptized in Jesus’ name, he would do it.
When the Lord shows us the way, who are we to say, ‘No, Lord, it is not prudent! No, let’s do it this way.’ Who are we to close doors?
Indeed, who are we to lower the blast shields or close the pod bay doors?
Pope Francis plans to canonize both ex-popes and -animated objects John Paul II (your mom’s favorite pope) and John XXIII (your grandmom’s) this weekend. But, he’s not doing it alone! Despite his reluctance to return to the role of pope, Benedict XVI will be there, too.
Papalians, we’re looking at a four pope television event. Set your Holy Tivos: this will be the biggest confluence of popes since the Middle Ages.
Queen Elizabeth II will travel to the Vatican for the first time in 30 years to meet with the Pope. While she could be going for any number of reasons — to complete her collection of commemorative Pope plates or because she only likes to stay in palaces when she travels — it’s not impossible* that she’s going for old school, Henry VIII annulment-seeking.
Prince Philip: call us. If Pope Francis doesn’t play ball, this could go south real fast.
*”Not impossible,” as in “it’s a possibility that does not rely on ghosts, aliens or the divine right of kings.”