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In a stunning turn of precedent, the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, asked his more than 1 billion world-wide followers to join him in an active peace demonstration, and harkened back to the viewpoint of the wandering philosopher and bare-footed peacenik, Jesus of Nazareth, the same individual who Catholics claim to be their sect’s founding member.

As the pope was speaking about the “dramatic developments” in Syria, condemning “with particular force the use of chemical weapons,” Francis called for a peace protest sit-in at his house. The Pope invited the international community to join him and his dudes for a five hour pray-in begging the weaponized leaders of the world to “make every effort for peace.”

Francis said, evoking the religious movement’s founder-philosopher’s rhetorical style, “Weapons and violence do not lead to peace, war leads to more war … May the cry for peace enter the hearts of everyone so that they may all lay down their weapons.”

It is reported that Francis retreated to his apartment after the speech to prepare for the sit-in by listening to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” LP.