Michael Shermer interviews the Pope

August 20, 2014 • 2:04 pm

Well, Brian Dalton playing the Pope (instead of God).  Here, as we’re starting to learn, the new Pope is simply a medieval theocrat dressed in hipster’s clothing. At the end, the faux Pope tells us the real changes he’s gonna make in the Church.

p.s. I think that’s a yarmulke that Dalton’s wearing. . .

19 thoughts on “Michael Shermer interviews the Pope

  1. p.s. I think that’s a yarmulke that Dalton’s wearing. . .

    The real pope wears a red one, so why not?

    1. Isn’t it red for Cardinals and white for Il Papa? Or maybe they do that thing where different coloured accessories are used for different ceremonial occasions.

    2. The pope wears a zucchetto, distinguishable by the stirpes, the sticky-out bit at the top that makes it easier to handle. Also you can twiddle it around as part of a strip routine.

  2. Bishops with mansions and swimming pools… Only religion could make people give freely give billions to a corrupt institution while looking at disgust at the beggar on the street corner asking for change.

    1. So visible, and so obviously hypocritical, it is amazing to me that so many believers are actually like that. To achieve this is one of the reasons the RCC has tried to keep its flock from reading the good book and interpreting it by themselves.

      I was once yelled at by a friend right there on the street after giving a few dollars to a beggar. She told me to not ever do that again. She is a devout xian of one of the major sects. Spends a large portion of her free time doing church things.

      1. My local church was hit by a string of burglaries a year or two ago. They caught the guy and pressed charges. His crime? Stealing money from the poor box. The whole thing was basically a microcosm of how the Church as a whole operates; compassion for the poor, but only on its terms.

        As for your friend, that’s precisely what I mean. I’m not normally inclined to give homeless people money either (in large part because I’d quickly go broke doing it in the middle of Manhattan), but to yell at someone who does so is absurd. God forbid someone give direct assistance to another human who is obviously desperate for help. But stuffing tax free money in a collection basket so bishops can live in mansions and fund pedophilia coverups…sure, why the hell not?

  3. Somebody correct me if I’m worng, but isn’t it an ancient tradition for new popes to start their reigns with a PR blitz about how they’re going to modernize the church and make it more relevant than ever? Every now and again we get some even bigger PR push to that effect, such as Vatican II, but it generally dies down after a year or two when it’s back to the same ol’ same ol’.


    1. I thought new popes traditionally had anyone who might pose a threat to there reign murdered. Oh I get it, modern popes.

      1. Who said murder isn’t ever part of PR campaigns? After all, isn’t that exactly what the Caliphate’s beheading of Mr. Foley was all about — a PR stunt?


  4. I dabble in collectibles. After Pope John Paul II died, many believed he would be canonized. No one knew for sure, but speculation drove his visage on coins (esp. Au mint coins) /banknotes/stamps/trading cards even comics into instant collectibles. Then everyone waited. And it happened. PR Blitz, he as the latest saint…sure true…and then the profit of canonization. Never mentioned in any news source of course. Profit Now, John Paul is Saint! But sure as shit the collectible market moved. There is a business behind the papacy that reaches into viable economic realms.

    I’m no financial consultant, but I’d say (if you could stomach it) make a buck and start investing in Pope Francis collectibles. He is the most popular Pope in years… future generations? Never mind that he’s a fraud. The investment gamble is (buy low/sell high) – will he be canonized? That’s the ultimate roll of the dice. Personally, I can’t invest in the pope or any religious leader. But if you can get over it, there is reasonable investment opportunities in papal materialism.

  5. I just don’t see the humor. I love Michael Shermer and I support his organization with donations as well as subscribe to Skeptic Magazine, but the is nothing funny about the catholic church. It has supported and covered up institutionalized child abuse for too many years. It keeps sending up trial balloons to see if we will believe that the scandal is behind them. And it’s not a ‘sex scandal’. I can’t stand it being called that. It is a violent molestation of children scandal perpetrated and covered up by the hierarchy of the church. I have witnessed it personally many times. I was never molested, but I know men who were molested as children and when i was in catholic high school, most of the students knew who the molesters were. That means the other priests had to know and some of the other non-priest teachers had to know. Certainly the Principal of the school knew. My school was (and is) in the Archdiocese of New York and the bishops and Archbishop knew what was going on. How else would they know when they had to ‘disappear’ a priest who was about to be accused. Several of the priests who taught in my school have been forced to resign in disgrace. if they want the names of the others, all they have to do is ask me or any on of thousands of other students. The church has done absolutely nothing they weren’t forced to do about the scandal.
    I’m sorry. There is nothing funny about the catholic church.

    1. By definition, so-called black/dark humor tackles serious or even “taboo” subjects. Typically, it works best when it ridicules the victimizers and not the victims – which is the case here.

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