March 26, 2004

Pope says Sundays are for God, not sports.:

posted by dusted to culture at 04:56 PM - 10 comments

Since the pope was referring to the culture of Australia, this article in the Age comparing church and Australian rules football attendence is probably fitting. I personally tend to worship at the altar of the Staples Center, the Oakland Coliseum and Candlestick Park. The deities vary slightly in field goals, runs and touchdowns, but it all comes down to points.

posted by dusted at 06:20 PM on March 26, 2004

The Catholics invented the concept of the Saturday evening 30 minute mass that fulfills all requirements of the weekly mass-attending. Why? Because football is on Sunday morning of course. The Pope should stay off our fields and worry about keeping the children safe from his employees.

posted by vito90 at 06:37 PM on March 26, 2004

The Pope is 83 years old and nearly dead but his mind is still sharp as a tack!

posted by billsaysthis at 07:32 PM on March 26, 2004

I guess religious hysteria over gay marriage wasn't enough of a smokescreen to distract everyone from the clergy sex abuse scandal...but taking on the Australians??? Does this pope have some kind of thang for picking fights he can't win, or what?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 08:43 PM on March 26, 2004

Phew. Thank god. *MY* holy days are Saturday Nights... in Canada. So I'm still safe.

posted by mkn at 11:19 AM on March 27, 2004

John Paul criticised the "culture of the 'here and now,"' urging Church leaders to "lead men and women from the shadows of moral confusion and ambiguous thinking." Aren't they going to need need to get their own moral confusions and ambiguous thinking figured out first?

posted by dfleming at 01:35 PM on March 27, 2004

NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was reached for comment. His response to the Pope's statement, "The Pope can kiss my a**". MLBPA head Donald Fehr said, "The Pope should mind his own d*** business. Our players have every right to earn their living on Sundays, and I will fight with every fiber of my being to stop anyone from taking away that right." Baptist minister Most Right Rev. Billy Joe Paymemore of the Real Deal Free Will Full Gospel Assembly was quoted as saying, "The Pope ain't doin' what I haven't been tryin' to do for years! I finally gave up and decided to enjoy the sports on a Sunday afternoon. Some battles you just can't win!"

posted by jasonbondshow at 08:36 PM on March 27, 2004

Preach on, brother mkn...preach on...

posted by MeatSaber at 09:50 AM on March 29, 2004

John Paul ... urged Church leaders to "lead men and women from the shadows of moral confusion and ambiguous thinking." Yes, we all suffer from moral confusion, such as "Do I fondle the seven-year-old altar boy, or the eight-year-old choir boy?" And ambiguous thinking, like "I think it's okay to sexually assault young boys, but our priests shouldn't get married."

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:17 PM on March 29, 2004

Look at that hat he wears. Who'd want to be behind him in the bleachers anyway?

posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:20 AM on March 30, 2004

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