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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pope Francis: Hire an Ugly Person

By: Carlo Guidowendo, SCCB Italy      January 21, 2015


Upon receiving word of the Holy Father's latest statement, 
Archbishop George Ganswein appeared deeply reflective.
Vatican City - Once again, the Holy Pontiff has made some remarkable comments during an interview on an airplane.

"Hire an ugly person!" he said to assembled journalists during his flight back from Manila. The journalists initially assumed he was joking.

"I look around the Vatican and beauty surrounds me - the painting, the sculptures, the buildings, but, you know, also the people. That was not the way of Jesus. He went out to the poor, the shamed, the outcast, and yet we, His followers, surround ourselves with all the right people."

"No, we don't always do this on a conscious level. But we still do it. Our leaders in business and politics, the people we look to for advice and leadership in our everyday lives, these are the beautiful people, but are they the ones we should be looking to?"

The Holy Pontiff then illustrated his point with some examples and statistics: "For every inch taller a man is his salary will be around two percent higher. Ninety percent of CEOs are above average height. Maybe the cardinals are not as bad as some, then: I am only five foot nine, and my predecessor, the Pope Emeritus, is only five foot seven."

"Even our Catholic celebrities are on the whole good looking people. We must search our hearts and see if we would even recognize the one of whom the Prophet Isaiah spoke: "He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him."

"To follow the Lord, you must hire an ugly person. There was this one time when someone would not hire my mother. Was it because she was ugly? I punched him just in case."

"The good looking people come to the fore, while the rest are left behind their computer screens blogging, no matter their gifts."

5 comments:

  1. Colin - I don't know, but somehow I sense a hidden agenda in this one... can't put my finger on it... it'll come to me, I just know it.

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    1. the news just kind of leads us where it will...

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  2. Another hilarious post. I'm lovin' you guys!!!!!!!!

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  3. Wow! Great post! A healthy dose of self-depreciation or humour with one at the center makes for a great laugh!

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