July 8, 2009

Things not to do Before Visiting the Pope

Catholicism has (unfortunately) been a big part of my life growing up. When I was younger and had to attend the mandatory catechism classes, we were told just how important it was to be receiving the first communion.

One little girl asked what I thought was a brilliant question. She asked what to do if we weren’t hungry. The priest turned to her and said “If you throw away the body of Christ, you will burn in hell forever.” I know the wrath of refusing food because my nonna is just as unforgiving.

After reading this, I simply do not understand what the Prime Minister was thinking. Are the protocol people on vacation?

So a few days before setting off to Italy to meet with the G8 and then the Pope, the Canadian Prime Minister has managed to commit one of the biggest booboos possible.

For Harper’s sake I hope this isn’t true. Catholics take this kind of stuff very seriously. If he didn’t want to take it, he just had to stay in his seat when everybody else went up.

I would like to see how many Catholic priests will tell their parishioners to vote Conservative after this kind of flub. If Harper was embarrassed in front of the Pope for funding a pride parade in Toronto, he will really be squirming when he sits down with him next week.

Here’s a tip Steve for your upcoming visit, While in Italy, when someone gives you food, you eat it!

Update: It seems the Harper PR people are denying the story in the face of video evidence contradicting them. They recognize this as a big deal. Covering it up will probably only hurt them more.


3 Commentaires:

Blogger leftdog a dit...

"Catholicism has (unfortunately) been a big part of my life growing up."
- Ditto ... I was raised Irish Catholic with 7 brothers and sisters.

Good post. I have to wonder if the Pope's recent call for a new 'world political' entity as well as his condemnation of 'unfettered' capitalism didn't cause Harpo to subconsciously do what he did????

Pope Blasts Capitalism

(Antonio ..... BLOG MORE PLEASE!!)

7/08/2009 1:34 p.m.  
Blogger Anthony a dit...

I am back for good this time leftdog

7/08/2009 1:58 p.m.  
Blogger Skinny Dipper a dit...

When Harper gets to Rome, he needs to be a good Italian Catholic and hope over the turnstyle when sneaking onto the subway system. I saw young men hop over the turnstyle. I saw an old lady crutching slowly up to the turnstyle. The lady could hardly walk. However, she sure could jump like Mighty Mouse over the turnstyle!

Maybe Harper can impress Pope Benny 16 with his basic Spanish. I know, Harper will be in Italy (or techically la Chiquitta Banané Vatticanna). Spanish and Italian are like English and British. I think? Heck, Harper can speak Italian by using French words and pronouncing the E's at the end like "é".

"Jé mandgé uné banané."

When Harper leaves the Pope's castle, he can ask the Pope which street he can find the gondolas of Venice. Harper will need to make sure that he gets a photo-op of himself ordering food at the Italian version of Beavertails.

Hopefully, Stephen Harper will get to meet the prime minister of Italy, Geronimo Stilton.

7/08/2009 3:20 p.m.  

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