Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Holy Moses! The pope's on fire......

Everyone knows that God/Allah/Arthur Brown spoke to Moses via a burning bush - fact (Exodus 3). He also helped those Israelites with their lack of direction through the desert guided by a pillar of fire - fact (Exodus 13:21) around the same time he was feeding them bread which fell out of the sky for 40 years (Exodus 16:35 - Shame he doesn't send some to Darfur, but I digress...)

No real scientist would doubt any of the facts, they stand to reason and are everyday occurances.

However, when El Papa JP2 (think less John Prescott, more John Paul) appears in a fire in Poland for some reason people are sceptical.

The Daily Mail ran the story here giving further proof (if any were needed) for Dr* T's First Theory. Here is the photo from this truly momentous event. It's clearly obvious that it is the Pope and indeed, his followers seem to agree.

The Daily Mail, known for its responsible journalism and level-headedness, reported the head of the Vatican TV station Father Cielecki saying he was convinced the picture showed the former pontiff.

The Telegraph quoted the photographer as saying;

"I was so happy with the picture that I showed it to our local bishop who said that Pope John Paul had made many pilgrimages during his life and he was still making them in death."

Really. Now of course, we learn a lot from the afterlife here - the pope still has his back problems. A bit rubbish for a place of eternal happiness if you ask me. But before I drift off on a diatribe of what is actually light-hearted journalism poking fun at people's religious fervour, it should be said that there are people who think it's him. Actually him. Here for a brief second at the right angle to say ... well, nothing, but it was him.

When you realise there are people who believe anything as fervently as this, despite 99.9999% of the population having a giggle, it really brings it home that some people will believe absolutely anything, regardless of how ridiculous it is. I promised myself I wouldn't mention homeopathy in this post, but I've just failed.

To me the headline should have been thus:


  1. Do you think someone might have ended up in the Hot Place? - looks like he's having a fiery afterlife!