Like I say in this week’s Dustinland comic, Pope Francis rules.
Man, a kick-ass liberal pope talking about climate change! I just want to see conservatives crying. One second it’s all God and family values, the next second it’s, “well, leave the science to the scientists.”
Best pope ever.
I had some fun with the ol pope in this week’s comic, but really, I do think it’s kind of weird he’s retiring. I mean, how can you retire from being the word of God? It really just makes it seem like any old job. I’m curious as to what you do as a retired pope. Is he going to wander around Florida, wearing a jacket in the summer, complaining about how none of his cardinals call or visit anymore? Maybe I’ll save that for another comic.
Back when I used to do comics for Binghamton’s Pipe Dream I did this one comic that involved the pope and a 40. Somehow this got back to the president of the Catholic League, William A. Donohue, who was not pleased.
To the Editor (of the pipe dream)
I was recently shown a copy of your Sept. 26, 1997, issue, containing on your “fun page” (page 11) a cartoon depicting an advertisement for a fictional “Vatican’s” malt liquor.
While I am sure the intent of the cartoon was simply harmless fun, I would caution you against trivializing the reverence in which many Catholic people hold our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, and our church’s hierarchy.
I also want to express particular concern about your use of a fictional quote from Pope John Paul II: “Jesus Christ! That’s good Goddamn liquor.” I am sure that there are certain ethnic slurs which you would not use, even in fun, because of their offensive nature. Similarly, I would ask you to be sensitive to the many Catholics and other Christians who are justifiably offended by the use of Jesus’s name in vain.
Thank you for your consideration