Sep 29 2013

The beatific smile

This image combined with its caption made me laugh.

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You believe in what?


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  1. 1
    A. Noyd

    It looks like he’s got some sort of secret, remote controlled sex toy action going on under his cassock. And I’m not just saying that to be crude.

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    Ophelia Benson

    I think that’s just the tiny papal beer gut.

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    Marie-Thérèse O'Loughlin

    Now that the whiter than white cassock (that would have been washed by some devoted Vatican nuns) has been mentioned. Do you notice that there are a row of convenient buttons near the fly area of the cassock?

  4. 4
    A. Noyd

    LOL, I meant the way he’s smiling looks like that. Like, “Woo, I just turned the vibe up.”

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    Ophelia Benson

    Ohhhhh! Hahahaha. Your version of the beatific smile, then. Someone on Twitter just suggested thousand yard stare.

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    @Marie-Thérèse – the buttons go all the way down – he’s just wearing a white sash around his middle which covers up some of them.

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    Marie-Thérèse O'Loughlin

    Ah, now I see – it’s a white soutane that has all the buttons going down the front with a special papal sash. Thanks for pointing it out.

    You believe in what?

    Dressing down. Cutting the cloth to suit the garment. And standing up to turncoats like you.

    An aside: The head tailor of the family that has been dressing pontiffs for centuries, ran a lint brush over the white cassock that Pope Francis wore at his installation Mass. He clipped stray threads with shears and yelled at a priest who bent down to kiss the hem. (“Don’t dirty it!”). He then meticulously folded the frock, wrapped it in tissue paper and packed it into a silver box for delivery to the Vatican. I wonder did he know at the time that the new pope’s inclination was towards pared-down style – which could be bad news, not only for prelates who like to dress up, but also clothing purveyors of the ilk of the head tailor who clothe him.

  8. 8

    Looks like a full size puppet to me…

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