Over the years there has been no shortage of religious people with overactive imaginations. They’ve seen Mary in the icebox, on grilled cheese sandwiches, in a bag of Funyuns, and even on a greasy pizza pan. The list unfortunately goes on.
What’s fascinating is the amount of press that these stories have received. For instance, that grilled cheese sandwich managed to fetch a staggering $28,000 and even toured the world! How many of you have toured the world? That’s what I thought :)
There’s an old saying that any press is good press. But does that hold true in this case? Take for instance the pizza pan image of the Virgin Mary. Followers actually marched down the street with the damn thing! Now when I see something like that on the news, I can’t help but laugh my ass off. To me it’s just embarrassing, pathetic, and of course entertaining :)
Now it looks like the Vatican might feel the same way. New Vatican guidelines require all Catholics who claim to see visions of Jesus or the Virgin Mary to remain silent until a team of “experts” can come to assess the situation. This A-Team would consist of psychologists, Theologians, priests, and exorcists. Wow, and I thought the Justice League was badass!
If the Vatican considers the visionary to be credible then they will face examination by one or more demonologists to exclude the possibility that Satan is hiding behind the apparitions. You can’t make this stuff up!
So why is the Vatican going through all this hullabaloo? Are they honestly trying to weed out the fakes and thus admitting this stuff really happens? Or do they know these people are crazy and just want to keep them quiet so the church doesn’t look even more ridiculous?
I honestly don’t know.
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