GOP Congressman Declares 'Pope Not Catholic Enough'
Objecting to a number of positions Pope Francis has taken, Dick Falloff, a freshman Republican congressman from Mississippi, said the Pontiff is “not Catholic enough to be Pope.” Speaking at a local Rotary Club, Falloff said the Holy Father’s softening opposition on gay civil unions and contraception, as well as the continuing crackdown on pedophiles, “goes against all the Church stands for.”
Falloff’s comments, aside from sparking a backlash from Catholics worldwide, may have greater implications by throwing into question millions of decisions that were confirmed by the phrase ‘Is the Pope Catholic?’
And the congressman further muddled the waters with his answer to a reporters’ question of, “Does a bear shit in the woods?”
Falloff’s response of “Yes, of course, but who and what doesn’t?” threw the press conference into pandemonium.
Professor Randolph Wagner, a law professor at Barnyard University said, “From a legal standpoint, answers to questions relating to the Church and where an animal drops his load don’t have much bearing. However, given the public’s long held belief that the Pope is indeed Catholic, and the weight that phrase has had, it could result in a de facto voiding of agreements between parties if that reference is not proven unequivocally.”
The Republican Party, fighting off yet another ill-advised comment by its members, initially did not back Falloff in the primary election. Only after Falloff unexpectedly won the primary did the GOP support him in the general election.
A local Republican councilman, who asked not to be identified, said “Dick’s stand on arming and issuing carry permits to practically anyone who cast a shadow still seemed too restrictive. Also, his position of requiring voters to prove residency not just with a state issued ID but a credit card and a white person to vouch for them didn’t go far enough for many of us. But in the end the party got behind him.”
His Democratic opponent was painted by Falloff as a registered sex offender and member of the ACLU, although neither was true.