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Actually, they’re both devils…

Francis says John Paul II is a Saint but “I am the Devil”

Francis has embarked on another blather tour, and this time the victim countries are Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, three small nations in Northeastern Europe that until 1991 were occupied by the Soviet Union.

After take-off early this morning, as is his custom, he greeted all the journalists aboard the “papal” plane, which we like to call Airhead One. At that time, one of the photographers handed him a gift, a book on “Saint” John Paul II (1920-2005), as pictured above. The Associated Press reports details as follows:

Greeting journalists Saturday en route to Lithuania, Francis was given a book about the former pope by Polish photographer Grzegorz Galazka. Receiving the large book with a beaming John Paul on the cover, Francis quipped: “[Pope John Paul II] was a saint, I am the devil.”

Laughing, Galazka immediately corrected him: “No, you are both saints! You are both saints!”

Francis’ quip appeared to acknowledge that he has his detractors, particularly among conservative Catholics who long for the more doctrinaire papacies of John Paul and Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

(“Pope Francis quips ‘I am the devil’ next to John Paul”, Salt Lake Tribune, Sep. 22, 2018)

“I am the devil” — for once he tells the truth! The Novus Ordo Catholic News Agency quickly rushed to the scene for some damage control, saying Francis “has shown a similar penchant for self-deprecating humor in the past”. Humor? It looks more like “humble” Francis was fishing for a compliment, and he got what he wanted: The poor photographer soul declared him a saint!

In case after five years of Francis some people still need proof that the man is a Narcissist, in 2015 Francis had commissioned artist Igor Babailov to do a portrait of him, and this is the final product:

Only the halo is missing. The portrait is obviously exceptional in terms of its artistic value, but what it shows — a blasphemer apostate portrayed as a holy man of God — is despicable.

Nevertheless, there is such a thing as poetic justice. On Twitter, a user named @DinosaurDerek made some changes to the painting to bring it closer to reality:

We can only congratulate “Dinosaur Derek” for this most excellent revision of the portrait by Igor Babailov. A contributor to The Remnant has rightly called it “the picture of Dorian Gray”, referring to the eponymous 1945 movie.

But we also have some consoling words for Francis: The truth is that he really is like John Paul II. It’s just that they’re both devils.

Image source: youtube.com (Vatican News, screenshot) / twitter.com (@DinosaurDerek)
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