On the fourth day of his Apostolic
“pilgrimage” to Canada, Pope Francis joined a pagan “smudging” ritual during his visit to Quebec. The Pontiff partook of the
indigenous practice before delivering a lengthy speech in which he
expressed “deep shame and sorrow” for the part played by members of the Catholic
Church in government-funded residential school abuses. The Pope, like several
other Western leaders in recent years, appears to be on something of a
worldwide apology tour. Moreover, he weirdly appears to have more disdain for
the Catholic Church than anyone this side of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei
During the pagan ritual, Francis
vowed to honor earth, wind, and fire.
did admit that the Atlanta Rhythm Section was good, too.