Satire is dead.

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  1. Sarge084 says:


  2. Juan says:

    “Secularisation” 😉

  3. Sach says:

    There goes another irony meter.

  4. ddntps says:

    So true that it is painful.

  5. steve says:

    Must be a target rich environment these days, author.

    So much religious hypocrisy, so little time.

  6. Atrabile says:

    You are lucky you only get moral guidance. Here in Italy we are also gifted with political guidance…

  7. Slugsie says:

    Well, that pretty much hits the nail on the head as to why I protest the Popes state visit. Why does he get to come her on my tax £££’s?

  8. author says:

    Thanks, Juan!

  9. Dave N says:

    The Lourdes-goers amonst us might see a graceful, wise, kindly leader. I just see a cowardly, contemptible old twat in silly-looking fancy dress. They ought to fit mitres on priest’s genitals as standard. Hope someone throws a statue of the colosseum at him.

  10. Bodach says:

    The UK needs to keep all undesirables out. Either that, or let him in and send him to the Hague for trial.

  11. Satire is indeed dead, Author. When the actions and attitudes that you wish to satire are so over the top insane and out of touch with reality satire dies. For me in America, satire’s death started in the 1980s with the rise of the Christian Right, and culminated during Bush Jr.’s campaign for president. When Bush skits would come on I’d not be able to tell if the show was simply using something that Bush had actually done, or if they were making up something outrageous.

    I find in unconscionable that any government would pay anything for a visit by this Pope (unless they were prosecuting him).

  12. davehodg says:

    If catholic priests are supposed to be celibate, why are they not castrated upon ordination?

  13. maggs says:

    Hell’s teeth! Imagine the feelings of all those priestlily abused children and ex-children when this man who is supposed to be G..’s rep on earth arrives to sweep British abuse under the Popely carpet. Enough to create serious national atheism as a rival for the established never mind the RC one 😉

  14. RavenBlack says:

    “never mind the RC one”

    Took me several seconds to figure out what that was, rather than the intuitive “radio controlled.” A radio controlled church would be much cooler.

  15. Pappy mcfae says:

    I am sooo glad I gave my Catholicism up for Lent when I was eighteen. It was the best decision of my life.

  16. nina says:

    Sad day for editorial cartooning indeed, when the subject is such a blantant self parody, that the editorial cartoon becomes more documentary than commentary.

  17. AchillesAndTortoise says:

    @davehodg : Amen to that! 😉

  18. Ayashi says:

    The church is sick and tired of always being on the sharp end of satires. Therfor it has taken in it’s own hands to create the said satire.

  19. Pete Schult says:

    Yes, satire is dead, and Poe’s Law seems as absolute as the speed of light in a vacuum.

  20. Neuseline says:

    @Bill O’Rights: re your mentioning Bush, you will be interested in the answer to the anagram clue in today’s Financial Times crossword: “President is top: what? again?” Answer: “Disaster waiting to happen”.

  21. giovanni says:

    you in UK are complayining for what?! a few days visit + moral guidance?

    well, it’s time for you to share with us in Italy this burden ;)… only a few days, please!

  22. Grandma Ro says:

    Nina has it right. Ayashi, you are giving too much credit in assuming that church leaders would recognize the satire.

    Maybe if Calvin and Hobbes was required reading in grammar schools…

  23. Jerry w says:

    That long flowing gown of his looks really comfortable. Why, there’s room for a kid to hide inside it and not be noticed. Other than causing Pope Palpatine’s grimace, that is.

  24. nina says:

    @Jerry w

    I have often wondered if that wasn’t the purpose of the flowing dresses that Popes and other higher ups wear

  25. Stonyground says:

    Well at least the British people will have a chance to tell the vile old goat what we think of him. Presumably while being harrassed and having their DNA sampled by the Police. I wonder how many coppers will be told that it is Ratty they should be arresting, to the point where they are saying “If I had a pound for every time I’ve heard that today…”

  26. Sony says:

    This is in unison of the pernicious effects of affirmative action. In our PC/affirmative force culture, we nurse to look upon the achievements and promotions of minorities as a consequence of affirmative action policies instead of solitary diligence and talent. This undermines these remarkably achievements.
    Another delinquent here is that it sets fallible morality at odds with the higher heavenly morality. If the higher morality is contemporary to adjudicator the Mass murder, mischievous disease outbreaks, etc, as advantageous, while forgiving moralness wishes mediator them bad, then the ‘fair’ in each of these moralities are different. Elevated on the higher moss is not what we property around good.

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  28. kev_s says:

    September in UK is a good time for a vacation. Why not come for a visit and join the protests? … assuming the pope has the b***s to show up.

  29. sweetpityfulmercy says:

    Atheists, Its time we welcomed the guy who is actually in direct communication with God. Lets give him a Big UK welcome!

  30. JoJo says:

    I’ve already started work on a gigantic wicker man….

  31. Thanks Juan what? Was it originally ‘secularization’? Nothing wrong with that! It’s more common in the US but it’s not ‘wrong’ in the UK. And – and – well, the barmaid sometimes spells things US-fashion, even when she’s talking not writing. She’s like that.

  32. Nassar Ben Houdja says:

    Satire is wasted on infidels.

  33. nina says:

    Hey, it occurs to me that Catholics have that whole transmutation thing

    couldn’t the Pope be charged with cannibalism?

    if he truly believes its the actual blood and body of, what’s the difference between the Pope and Jeffrey Dalmer?

  34. author says:

    @Ophelia – it was originally ‘securalisation’.

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  36. David B says:

    This story might make a good follow-up episode. The worst excuse for priestly behaviour. It’s not original to Donohue, I’m sure I’ve seen previous apologies from the RCC spoutning the same thing.

    Basically, it says that it ain’t paedophilia if the victim of the child abuse has reached the age of 12. Despicable!

  37. John Moore says:

    @ nina – There was a much older post where we went on a crazy tangent about “the body” of Christ. It was absolutely hilarious. Someone asked which part of the body was being eaten, etc.

  38. Author, ah, never mind.

    I was snickering at this one from memory a couple of hours ago, only I thought Mo’s last comment was ‘It’s his thing’ – and I suddenly got it and thought it was another brilliant hidden joke. His thing, geddit? He would call it ‘our thing’ – la cosa nostra.

  39. James says:

    @davehodg 3/30 5:12 PM – If priests-to-be were castrated when they’re ordained, the vow of celibacy wouldn’t be a challenge.

  40. cina murtad says:

    should the pope be dead for the catholic to get another? anyone wants to stone him? maybe we should give him to the wahabis.

  41. nina says:

    @John Moore

    well, it is crackers, so I would have thought it was a sort of savior pate

    spavior where the little key to the can is cross shaped….

  42. nina says:


    just because a man is castrated physically or chemically, doesn’t mean his mouth, fingers or ability to use objects is at all impaired.

    It does not diminish the desire, just limits the capability

  43. Dave Dell says:

    It’s not just a sin, it’s a crime.

  44. James says:

    Happy dead fictional character day, everyone! (Good Friday)

  45. Jon B says:

    Happy Cruciversary Jesus!

  46. Brother Daniel says:

    Regarding castration: I’ve been told (though I haven’t checked it out, and I don’t know if it’s true) that there’s an obscure Catholic rule that makes a castrated guy ineligible to be a priest. If it’s true, the rule probably predates the practice of insisting on priestly celibacy (which is less than a thousand years old).

  47. 71-hour Ahmed says:

    Has anyone managed to decipher Sony’s comment? “Elevated on the higher moss is not what we property around good.” – possibly the most bizarre sentence I have ever read.

  48. Maggs says:

    I think he’s trying to get something down about ……up on the moral high ground…….. ? Looks like a computerised translator gadget.

  49. Frank says:

    am i the only one that hears mo’s voice sounding like this guy?
    it kinda makes it more enjoyable for me…

  50. Beggars Belief says:

    “It does not diminish the desire, just limits the capability”
    Sorry to digress, but is that proven fact? And if it doesn’t curb the natural urge then would it cause unbearable constant frustration? I only ask because I’ve often worried if it’s cruel to castrate dogs. To the extent of searching for first-hand accounts from eunuchs- unsurprisingly not much luck there.


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