I happened to see this video on YouTube this morning while drinking my tea. While this is a comedic piece, it is VERY important when you realize that this is yet MORE propaganda. Not only does this segment continue bolster the image of a man we know very little about (he hasn’t even been the Pope for a full year yet). But segments like this on TV are also seeking to transform the ideals and doctrines of Biblical Christianity. It reminded me of what I had been feeling lately about how the media is pumping up this image of the new Pope. I discussed it in “The Kissing Pope Propaganda.”
It begins with Conan saying, “This new Pope, I think he might be the coolest Pope ever! Check it out, he’s already made some really progressive statements on topics like homosexuality and abortion.”
He goes on to say, “There are rumors, this was in the news, that he actually sneaks out of the Vatican at night in disguise to feed the homeless.” Then when people clap he says, “That’s true.”
He mentions that Pope Francis was named Time Magazines “Man of the Year.” Then he goes into the sketch, saying that when he invited him to come on the show, the Pope texted an RSVP saying “Sure.”
So Then this long haired homeless looking man in a mitre, linen pants and a white t-shirt with occult images all over it comes out riding a bicycle. It looked like Silas Roberston meets Tommy Chong.
When asked about his clothing, the fake Pope makes a lewd joke about needing space in his pants. He finishes it off saying “hashtag, talking about the little bishop.”
The sketch finishes with a pictures of him on High Times magazine, promoting marijuana. And getting tattoos with who he calls his spiritual adviser Willem Dafoe.
He then rolls off the stage on his bike yelling, “Hit me up on SnapChat.”
Now I get it. This is comedy.
They are joking.
These late night shows have no problem with crass jokes and making fun of church leaders.
This one felt different.
This one seemed to highlight the propaganda machine behind the Pope’s rise to popularity and acceptance. And it seemed to subtly signal the source behind that rise–the occult. It was the stamp on the envelope of that whole skit.
There is something not right about this Pope.
Technically there is something not right about ANY Pope.
But this Pope, is different.
There is something going on.
Jesus says, “Woe to you when all men speak well of you,
For so did their fathers to the false prophets.” Luke 6:26
People are speaking well of this Pope, but for all the wrong reasons.