Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’. . . could it be Satan?

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “laic”, comes with the note: “It’s another one based on that Pope report.”

The report, from Reuters, is about how Pope Francis is blaming Satan (who must be more than a metaphorical being) for trying to destroy the Catholic Church.  Here’s a quote from the article:

In fact, the pope is so convinced that Satan is to blame for the sexual abuse crisis and deep divisions racking the Church that he has asked Catholics around the world to recite a special prayer every day in October to try to beat him back.

“(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past,” Francis said in a message on Sept. 29.

. . .“We should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea. This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end up more vulnerable,” he wrote in the document.

How can you have any respect for a man who thinks his Church is being attacked by the Hornéd One?


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 17, 2018 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Maybe Trump can borrow the Pope’s excuse. Saying the devil made them do it sounds better than it was a rouge unit or an interrogation gone bad. When I was a little kid and got into trouble I always told mom that an airplane hit it. That didn’t work either.

    • Posted October 18, 2018 at 5:43 am | Permalink

      I’ve now got a mental image of maniacal makeup artists rampaging around the countryside.

      • drawingbusiness
        Posted October 18, 2018 at 6:28 am | Permalink

        I thought “Rouge Unit” was another nickname for Trump.

        • Posted October 18, 2018 at 6:38 am | Permalink

          I think he’s more an orange unit (with “orange” pronounced the French way).

          • bredm
            Posted October 18, 2018 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

            drumpf is The Orange Ogre (I like the French twist).

  2. keith
    Posted October 17, 2018 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    The pope should worry less about the hornéd one and more about the horny ones in the priesthood.

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted October 17, 2018 at 10:01 am | Permalink


    • Mike Cracraft
      Posted October 17, 2018 at 10:25 am | Permalink

      Popular horror culture always has the devil as having horns and hooves. Could he (she ?) be a new species of bovine ?

      • darrelle
        Posted October 17, 2018 at 11:41 am | Permalink


      • Ken Kukec
        Posted October 17, 2018 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

        One with a serpent’s tail? Maybe in Australia. 🙂

      • Posted October 18, 2018 at 11:57 am | Permalink

        I have long assumed that the devil is a goat, like the satyrs of old.

    • Diane G
      Posted October 17, 2018 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

      Good one! 😀

      • Diane G
        Posted October 17, 2018 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

        & sub. sigh.

  3. eric
    Posted October 17, 2018 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Pretending for the moment the Pope’s idea is correct, we should still put those priests in jail. Because even assuming the existence of tempting devils, these priests have demonstrated that they give in to these hypothetical devils more often and in worse ways than us normal people.

    This excuse is sort of like saying “the TV made me do it.” Either you’re lying, in which case you’re a danger to society, or you’re telling the truth…in which case you’re a danger to society.

  4. CAS
    Posted October 17, 2018 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    So that’s why God allows the Devil to exist! His followers have a useful source of excuses and denial of responsibility!

    • demfromsc
      Posted October 17, 2018 at 11:09 am | Permalink

      Beautifully said! (I wish that I had thought of that…..)

    • rickflick
      Posted October 17, 2018 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

      It’s almost like claiming to lack libertarian free will. Which allows them to deny responsibility. But, the church wouldn’t buy in.

    • Posted October 31, 2018 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      They also say the Devil is in charge of God’s detention facility.

  5. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted October 17, 2018 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

  6. Claudia Baker
    Posted October 17, 2018 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Frankie’s a twit.

  7. Francisco
    Posted October 18, 2018 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Probably many dont like, but many species use sexuality to much other than reproduction. We share 98% of genes with Bonobos. They use sexuality to solve “all kind of personal and social problems”. Humanity probably share much of this.
    Now put youngs isolated in parish, CUT ALL SEXUALITY EVEN MASTURBATION and put small boys and girls to help “mass” etc.


    And now SATAN is the guilty of churches “sapientiae”.

    Yes, S. Michael, ora pro nobis…

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