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People Who Love Papal

March 15th, 2013 - 10:09 am

Another good one, still via MRC, was this exchange between NBC’s Matt Lauer and Cardinal Dolan of New York:

LAUER: I think when he stepped out on to the Loggia yesterday, there was some stunned silence for a second. I think some had expected a younger man, he’s 76. Some had expected someone who at least visually seemed to epitomized a more modern Church. When you looked at that image of the new pope standing with some members of the Church hierarchy, visually, Cardinal Dolan, it didn’t exactly scream a modern Church.

DOLAN: Oh, why don’t you go soak your head, you superficial clown!

Okay, I made the Dolan part up. The cardinal, in fact, exhibited his usual patience, politeness, and skill in turning aside the presumption, dishonesty, and stupidity of Lauer’s question. How did Lauer know what the crowd was thinking? As far as I could tell, they were screaming like bobby-soxers for Elvis.[Sinatra, I meant! ]Why not just phrase the question honestly:

LAUER: For myself, who hasn’t been inside a church since I sold my soul to get this job, this whole thing has been a massive disappointment. I was hoping for a younger man. Or a woman even. Maybe a lesbian. Black. Someone who would symbolize and even incarnate my hope that the church would so meld with modern concerns and prejudices that there would finally be no way of distinguishing the wisdom of the centuries from the leftist fad of the moment. Then Catholicism could disappear just like Episcopalianism has and for exactly the same reasons. That would’ve made my job a lot easier, let me tell you. SAY YOU LOVE SATAN, CARDINAL! SAY IT! SAAAAAAY IT!!!!

DOLAN: Oh, why don’t you go soak your head, you superficial clown!

My own first impression is that the new pope is clearly a boon for actor Jonathan Pryce, who should be able to dine out for free on separated-at-birth jokes for the next few months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More seriously, he seems to be a good dude, who takes his Jesus seriously and has shown humility in the modest way he has lived and courage in the way he’s faced down the leftists who run Argentina. I hope he’s brought along his official Jesus-in-the-Temple knotted rope. He’s going to need it to clean out the corruption, abuse, and ignorance that has riddled the institution.

And after he’s done with NBC News, he can move on to cleaning out the Vatican.

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God bless this good and holy man as he goes about the ministry to which God has clearly called him. And God bless Pope Francis, too.
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Ha! That's ironic how you compare him to Mr. Pryce. The actor once played Martin Luther in a 90's film! It was called, "Martin Luther: Heretic"
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Sorry, I'm not a Catholic, but most of my best friends are: and sadly, some are what would have been called Fabian socialists back in the day. And yet, they go to Mass, and are cantors in their church and pray regularly. They are left wing for the same reason that my pastor (and evangelical christian) voted for Obama. They are anti-war; anti-death penalty; and they suffer from the delusion that Democrats are anti-poverty and pro-social justice. Mr. Klavan is one of the (too rare) voices explaining that said delusion is true because the progressives own the Academy, Big Hollywood and most of the lesser media.
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Matt Lauer is a Great Humanitarian!
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Love the tag line Klavan! People who love Papal

What a hoot!
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Why can't the Church be hip and with-it like the beautiful people?
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If American Catholics were true believers, Obama would have lost back in 2008.
I simply do not understand how a christian can support democrats in this country.
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Congratulations to the PJM staffer or contributor who had the idea and the means to implement showing the photo of Lauer under a mitre. However, in the near future don't go outside if you hear thunder.
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Klavan,
Always like your essays. Miss your 'Klavan on the Culture' videos at PJTV. Your humor is a helpful tonic for those who oppose the insanity that rules our country and other parts of the world.
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When leftists dream of the revolution, they wish for a resurrection of Mother Russia, where churches are subjugated, made to kneel before the State, if they are allowed at all.

The reason leftists love to play footsie with radical madmen of Islam, is because mistreating those who follow the Bible is a mainstay of that particular group ...and...Mother Russia and for Maoists...Father China...also play footsie with the same 7th Century lunatics.

Everything done and attempted to be done by the current strand of leftists and their propagandist flying monkeys in the media, Hollywood and academia...reverts back to Mother Russia and Father China. The "socialist/communist" style of beating up Judeo-Christian beliefs and followers is de rigueur.

This also explains the propaganda itself, the vicious assaults on anyone who dares to question the State, the removal of rights from the people, the hiring solely of insiders, the destruction of principled dissent, the refusal to submit a budget, the lawlessness and thuggery in operating the government.

It also explains "redistribution" and "transforming". It explains the expensive golf trips and vacations, while shutting down access to the White House for tours. It explains class warfare, racial warfare, ethnic warfare, gender warfare, and age warfare.

China openly told the Pope not to interfere with their abuses...so NBC had their marching instructions right there and followed them to a tee.
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If Cardinal Dolan is too polite to actually say, "Oh, why don't you go soak your head, you superficial clown!" he was probably thinking it.

However, "screaming like bobby-soxers for Elvis" is a mixed-up cultural reference. Bobby-soxers screamed for Sinatra. The girls just screamed for Elvis, though some did pull up their sweaters hoping he'd autograph their breasts - a prescient glimpse of what would be expanded upon and refined in the next decade with the advent of groupies and the infamous Plaster Casters. Will we ever be able to erase the stain the '60s left on our culture?
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A clarification: By the time Elvis came along bobby-sox were out of fashion - girls wore nylon stockings and flats.
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