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It’s Easter! And Carla Hall reports in the LA Times, that street vendors are being busted for selling live wabbits and other small creatures here in Los Angeles.
“In seconds, they were swarmed by half a dozen yellow-shirted Business Improvement District security officers and a Los Angeles police officer. A bucket of turtles ended up dropped in the middle of 12th Street.” -LA Times
From there, our seasonal joy only grows.
In Vatican City the headline from the AP is: “Pope opens solemn Holy Week amid sex abuse crisis.”
This isn’t the first time the Vatican has found itself with a bit of a PR problem.
Consider Pope Alexander VI
“Still being accused of breaking up his daughter’s marriage in favor if an incestuous relationship with himself, whispered to be involved in a few choice assassinations, and oh yes, there was that whole mistress and string of wild Vatican orgy parties…”
Or Pope Urban II
“Cowed France into attacking the Muslim world, throwing the region into five hundred years of religious warfare, which as you can see by the current day turned out remarkably well…”
And don’t forget good old Pope Sixtus IV
(Had to be some kind of a dim bulb, if the fourth “Sixtus” was the best he could come up with.)
“……authorized the Spanish Inquisition and all it’s various forms of torture to gently convince the Jews, Moors, and Heretics that Catholic love and compassion were the way to God. While all this was going on it’s rumored that Pope Sixtus IV was busy fathering children with his eldest sister and carrying on several bisexual relationships.”
Or our generous friend to science, Pope Urban XIII
“…..struck up a friendship with a young Galileo which is probably what spared his life later on when the pope tried him for heresy. Galileo was sentenced to life imprisonment which was later changed into house arrest. He died nine years later still under house arrest for claiming that a spherical earth revolved around the sun. This decree of heresy was not lifted until 350 years later.” -Popes Gone Wild: What the Catholic Church Would Rather You Forget
Happy Easter, everybody.