I’ll have to be honest here. I was worried about the Pope. Not for his safety, per se, but rather that the “rock star” welcome he got landing here in the Failippines would go to his head. I had visions of him walking around, basking in the glow of clueless adoration from the millions of brainless sheep that inhabit this island.
I was wrong. This Pope ain’t half bad!
“It is now, more than ever, necessary that political leaders be outstanding for honesty, integrity and commitment to the common good,” the pope said in the speech at the presidential palace.
He challenged “everyone, at all levels of society, to reject every form of corruption, which diverts resources from the poor”.
The 78-year-old pontiff, seen by many around the world as a bold reformer compared with his predecessor, said the “great biblical tradition” obliged everyone to hear the voice of the poor.
“It bids us break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise to glaring, and indeed scandalous, social inequalities,” he said.
Now we all know what that weird sound heard all over the Philippines was. It was the collective sound of millions of Filipinos going “Hruh? Wut U mean? Can you give me some pesos, sirrr Pope?”
But it’s a start when their own idol smells the manure. Now if he would just get his and the rest of the church’s panties un-bunched about divorce, same sex relationships, church abuse scandals, and….and….
Fuck it. We’ll just take what we can get.Published in