PopeWatch: Clarification

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From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:

En route to the Philippines from Sri Lanka yesterday, Pope Francis said that he was ready to “punch” anyone who insults his mother, showing that there are limits to freedom of expression.

“We have a duty to speak openly. To have this freedom, but without offending. It’s true that you cannot react with violence, but if my aide Doctor Gasbarri, who is a friend, badmouths my mother, a punch would be coming for him,” Francis said before holding up a finger and asking those present to hold on a second. “Hold on…let me take that back. I would not punch him in the face. At least not at first. First, I would kick him in the n–s. Then a knee in the face would be coming for him. After this, I would have many options. I could put him in a headlock, a figure-four leg lock, a vice grip, the Colossal Clutch, the Turantual, the Boston Crab…any of these maneuvers would help to rectify the wrong said about my mother.”

Francis went on to beg those seated around him to “try” him if they did not believe him, saying, “try me…say one thing, I beg you…pleeeeaase say something!”When asked for additional clarification, Pope Francis responded, Are you speaking to me?

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  1. Francis condemns any criticism of Islam as limits to freedom
    of expression, while he condemns in very harsh language
    members of his own faith. And whatever happened to
    evangelizing. Franklin Graham in a recent statement encouraged
    Muslims to abandon violence and hatred for love by converting
    to Christianity. Mr. Graham is putting his life in jeopardy for
    his faith, while Francis reinterprets the meaning of sin for homosexuals
    and polygamists. The princes of the Catholic Church should be ashamed
    of themselves.

  2. Philip, It was my thought that because Steve Martin worked with Bill Murray, who is Catholic, and Dan Akroyd who became a Christian minister, He too, I will look that up, became a Christian minister. As far as Steve Martin being a relation of King Tut, maybe he can get us free tickets.
    Sometimes, I think about meeting and knowing all these people in heaven. It is never boring.
    God bless.

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