Frank Bruni: The Pope, a Porn Star, and a Parrot

"Melt in your mouth" Pope Francis chocolate replica for Valentine's Day.  OSSERVATORE ROMANO
“Melt in your mouth” Pope Francis chocolate replica for Valentine’s Day. OSSERVATORE ROMANO
Frank Bruni’s A Pope You Can Eat is a humorous and pointed op-ed on Il Papa Francesco. This is what “big tent” Catholicism looks like.

“THE pope, a porn star and a parrot walk into a bar.

Well, almost. Their point of intersection just a week and a half ago was actually St. Peter’s Square, and “porn star” stretches things: The performer in question was reportedly a former male stripper who had graduated to racy movies and, this being Italy, was once head of his town council. Sounds like prime minister material to me. A chip off the old Silvio.

He brought the bird, named Amore, to meet the pope, meaning Francis, who was taking one of his routine spins among the flock in the popemobile. Amore caught Francis’ eye, perched briefly on one of his fingers and squawked what the crowd was chanting: “Papa!” Those syllables, I’d bet, were a big improvement over other utterances Amore has learned to mimic.

It’s amazing what you miss if you don’t stay on top of Vatican news these days. …”–Frank Bruni

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