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Papal Mache

Posted in General on March 16th, 2013 by Eugene Finerman – 7 Comments

Irony #1:

In a display of unimaginable humility, Pope Francis admitted that Argentina was in South America.  This was considered an act of heresy in his native country which insists that it is part of Europe.  Argentina acknowledges a slight proximity to Brazil and Paraguay but dismisses the coincidence as mere guilt by association.  “The geography is an optical illusion” explained the Argentine Chamber of Commerce; “It really is more accurate to think of us as western Italy.”

While Chile’s population is also of European extraction, Argentina denies even being extracted.  The rest of South America agrees with Argentina’s assertion but also adds some very unkind adjectives.

Irony #2:

Covering the papal election of Francis I, a NBC reporter exclaimed, “South America has been waiting 2,000 years for this.”

Without even knowing there was a Church?  During those first fifteen centuries,  South America probably did not need a Pope unless it was to judge potato-carving contests.  At least in North America, the Pontiff would have been gainfully employed as the lacrosse commissioner.

And perhaps South America has been waiting for its own Pope since it split off from Pangaea.  Of course, at that time His Holiness would have called the Diosaur.  This is not to suggest that every large reptile was a practicing Chretacian.  There were also Jewrassics.  Who do you think got blamed for the meteor?