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Is This For Real?

Posted: November 10, 2015 in Articles
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Today is a happy day, ladies and gentlemen. For today, I have discovered that a new music album is coming out. This album is not just any album; it’s by the pope! That’s right! Pope Francis’s pop-rock “Wake Up!” album will be released on Novermber 27th!

There’s really not a lot to say here. They already released an excerpt from the album, and I listened to a tiny bit of it, and all you can really do is laugh.  I wonder what he’ll do next!

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/11980283/Pope-Francis-releases-first-pop-rock-album.html


Last night, the towing of vehicles began in Philadelphia and caught some people unawares. How that could be is a little astonishing, and yet there were people who did not know their cars would be towed if they did not remove them from certain areas in the city.

In any case, the hoopla over the pope is coming to a crescendo and just about everything is being disrupted in Philadelphia and a lot of people are annoyed. Why do we care? Because we have a brother who still lives in Philadelphia and we don’t like that we can not get to him during the important visit by the important person.

We saw an article in philly.com, which asked, “What three questions would you ask the pope?” Some of the answers demonstrate the frustration and irritation of the people who will have to live with the major week-long disruption of their lives. At least one person wrote that they were leaving the city altogether and renting their place for $500 a night.

If you are a fan of the pope, we hope you still have a sense of humor. The pastor of our old church in Philadelphia said that parishioners could still get to church and they could also get a lot of exercise next Sunday morning getting to church. He also said the first hymn would be one written by Martin Luther 🙂 That was a joke. He is very intelligent and very kind, so no ugliness there.

So here are the best questions, in our opinion, which demonstrate irritation felt by the people of Philadelphia:

1. Why did you come here?
2. When are you leaving?
3. Is your organization going to pay all of the costs related to your junket here?

1. Why did you have to pick Philadelphia?
2. Why did you have to pick Philadelphia?
3. Why did you have to pick Philadelphia?

1. Why do you believe in global warming?
2. Have you spent a dime of your own money in your entire life?
3. Have you ever held a real job in your life or have you always lived off other people’s money?!?

To shut down a major city, or any city, like this for one human being is ridiculous.


**** WARNING **** If you like the pope, stop reading.

A while back, we wrote about Pope Francis’s impending visit to Philadelphia, which is at the very end of the World Meeting of Families, a Catholic thing that meets every three years in various places. He is meeting to discuss “the impact of love and life of families on our society.”

Every time we see another article about the anticipated arrival of the political figure in white, it always annoys us.

We’re wondering why the pope has to go to Philadelphia and inconvenience a lot of people. Seems to us he can just make whatever speeches he wants to make on the internet and not inconvenience a soul. Wouldn’t that be the considerate and loving thing to do?

We see pictures of this person with security guards and police all around him and we wonder about the pictures. What we see is someone who is obviously very powerful, yet he is supposed to be a Christian and Christians are supposed to be humble.

The pope is also going to use the lectern that Abraham Lincoln used for his Gettysburg Address. It’s being rented from a private collector, and Robert Ciaruffoli, the president of the World Meeting of Families said, “Its simple beauty and humble role in one of American history’s most important moments reflects, in many ways, Pope Francis’ own world view.”

We wonder how much it will cost to rent the lectern and wonder if speaking from a regular old lectern wouldn’t be simpler and humbler.

“…simple beauty and humble role” may be the pope’s world view for others but it doesn’t seem to be a view he has for himself. Stopping up traffic, closing bridges, and giving people headaches getting to work while having multiple guards and policemen protecting him is not what we’d call simple beauty or a humble role.

Thinking back, one of the pope’s meetings was about environmental issues, yet he’s flying to America.

Isn’t that supposed to be bad for the environment, pope?!?

Sources: http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20150806_Pilgrims__progress.html

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_POPE_PHILADELPHIA_LINCOLN_LECTERN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-08-07-17-29-05


Gina McCarthy, an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Administrator, is going on a five-day trip to visit Geneva, Rome, Florence, and Vatican. This trip is happening so that McCarthy can talk about climate change – specifically, doing something about climate change. She’ll be having meetings in each of these countries, discussing Obama’s “climate action plan.” She is hoping that these meetings will make people better understand the challenge of addressing climate change and also create a good discussion of “how the work of the church, the work of all faiths, can actually be … a way that recognizes and addresses climate change.”

Now, if you read the article, you’ll notice that some of my wording is the same as theirs. Do forgive me, but I have trouble taking this topic seriously. Climate change is a bit of a joke to me, so I had some trouble coming up with unique wording. Anyway, we are wondering what the heck the Vatican has to do with global warming. Why should the pope be involved in addressing global warming? Well, to answer both of our questions, it doesn’t have anything to do with it, and he shouldn’t be.

If only people would use their brains, maybe just enough to read history. Global warming as well as global cooling is just a natural occurrence. Why don’t the climate change people explain why there was a period of global warming long before the industrial revolution? Why don’t people ask themselves why it is that some very, very corrupt individuals say they are concerned about global warming and happen to have the solutions to the problem which happens to involve taking more money from the population and putting it into their pockets? Why don’t people understand that when something is crammed down their throats that it is not genuine?

Anyway, the fact that this pope is getting on board with this piece of political garbage speaks volumes about who he serves.