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Poop Talk With Pope Francis

The in-no-way-like-Donald-Trump Pope Francis let fly with a memorable line today. From a press report:

Writing fake news and stories about scandals is like being sexually aroused by excrement, Pope Francis has said.

And since people tend towards coprophagia, or eating faeces, then the media should avoid spreading it, he said in an attack on the spread of disinformation.

Francis apologised for his use of precise psychological terms that describe when people are aroused by excrement.

He told the Belgian Catholic weekly Tertio that spreading fake news is “probably the greatest damage that the media can do”. To use their platforms to do so, rather than to educate the public, is a sin, he said.

“I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into – no offence intended – the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true,” he said in the interview.

“And since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, a lot of damage can be done.”

The Vicar of Christ, ladies and gentlemen.

I know I’m the sort of person Francis would call “rigid,” but I think we could all stand a bit more rigidity from this guy.  Whoever thought they would live to see the day when the Roman pontiff gave an interview in which he raised the subject eating poo for sexual pleasure?

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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