Thursday, June 11, 2015
Here's your hat, what's your hurry? Don't let the door hit your ass on your way out.
10 minutes? That's not an audience with the Pope. It's a drive by. Yet Canada's world renowned prime minister was ushered in - and out - of the Pope's chambers in what must be a record for brevity, a scant ten minutes.
Maybe the Pope just knows the Devil when he sees him. Old Beelzebub after all doesn't have a whole lot in common with Pope Francis. The Pope is focused on climate change and the threat it poses to our civilization, especially the poor and vulnerable. In another week the Vatican will release the Pope's encyclical calling on Catholics to act. Steve, however, isn't Catholic and his climate change focus is on making life a living hell for those same poor and vulnerable. At least he didn't get the Pope's door slammed in his face.
Even the obligatory photo op was a bust. Francis is the pope who always seems to be smiling. Not this time. The picture is a bit cringeworthy, right down to Sideshow Steve's forced smile.