Popechella

  • Aired:  04/28/14
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Pope Francis lowers the standards for canonization by granting sainthood to two of his predecessors. (3:51)

>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THEREPORT, GOOD TO HAVE YOU

WITH US, THANK YOU, LADIESAND GENTLEMEN.

>> STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHENSTEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

>> Stephen: THANK YOU,LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THANK

YOU SO MUCH, GOOD TO HAVEYOU WITH US.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IF YOUCAN FEEL THE ENERGY IN THE

ROOM, I KNOW THESE PEOPLECAME TO FIGHT FOR WHAT'S RIGHT

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: FOLKS, I

CERTAINLY HOPE YOU ALL HAD AGREAT WEEKEND.

I DID.

I WAS IN VATICAN CITY FOR ALITTLE SAINT-MAKING FESTIVAL

CALLED POPECHELLA(LAUGHTER)

JUST LIKE COACHELLA, IT HADA PARTY ATMOSPHERE AND A

LACK OF CONTRACEPTION.

(LAUGHTER)EVERY ONE WAS THERE TO

CELEBRATE ONE THING, TWOTHINGS.

(LAUGHTER)>> JIM?

>> SOME CALLED IT THE DAY OFFOUR POPES, POPE FRANCIS AND

HIS PREDECESSOR BENEDICT XVIAT THE CEREMONY THIS MORNING

WERE TWO GIANTS OF THECHURCH, JOHN PAUL II AND

JOHN XXIII WERE DECLAREDSAINTS.

>> IT IS AN EVENT THAT MAYWELL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.

IN EFFECT FOUR POPES IN THESAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME.

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHTTHERE NO SO MANY POPES YOU

COULD NOT SWING A DEAD POPEWITHOUT HITTING ONE.

NOW KNOW SURPRISE THESE GUYSWERE SAINTED.

JOHN XXIII'S MODERNIZED THECHURCH, SECOND VATICAN

COUNCIL AND JOHN PAUL IIFOUGHT AGAINST COMMUNISM BUT

MORE IMPORTANTLY WAS ANHONORARY HARLEM GLOBETROTTER.

(APPLAUSE)>> AND I BELIEVE-- I

BELIEVE-- I BELIEVE THATTHEIR UNDEFEATED RECORD IS

THE REAL MIRACLE.

(LAUGHTER)>> AND FOLKS, WHEN YOU ARE

THERE, IT IS HARD TOEXPLAIN, BUT IT FELT AS IF

THESE DEPARTED POPES WERE INST. PETER'S SQUARE WITH YOU

BECAUSE PARTS OF THEM WERE.

>> POPE FRANCIS HAD RELICS FROMEACH OF THE PONTIFFS.

>> THE RELIC OF JOHN XXIIIIS A PIECE OF HIS SKIN.

AND THE RELIC OF JOHN PAULII IS HIS BLOOD IN A VIAL.

>> Stephen: SKIN AND BLOOD,WHY WOULD THE VATICAN

WANT-- THEY'RE BUILDING AFRANKEN-POPE!

(APPLAUSE)(LAUGHTER)

FOLKS IT WAS A MONUMENTAL DAYTHAT BROUGHT ALL CATHOLICS

TOGETHER.

LUCKILY THE NEWS MEDIA WASTHERE TO HELP DRIVE US

APART.

>> WE HAVE TWO MEN WHO AREOFTEN SEEN AS SORT OF PARAGONS

ONE, JOHN XXIII ASSORT OF THE LIBERAL WING OF

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THEOTHER ONE POPE JOHN PAUL II

SEEN AS SORT OF THECONSERVATIVE.

>> TWO VERY DIFFERENT POPES.

ONE LIBERAL AND ONECONSERVATIVE.

>> ONE VIEWED AS A LIBERALICON AND ONE AS A

CONSERVATIVE ICON.

>> Stephen: THANK GOODNESSWITH ALL THE LOVE TALK THIS

WEEKEND I WAS AFRAID THAT WEWILL FORGET THAT EVERYTHING

IN THE WORLD MUST BE DIVIDEDINTO LIBERAL OR

CONSERVATIVE.

(LAUGHTER)I MEAN WE ALL KNOW JUDAS

WAS A LIBERAL AND CLEARLYGOD'S A CONSERVATIVE BECAUSE

HE'S PRETTY RELIGIOUS.

BUT DESPITE THE POPE'SINFALLIBILITY IN ALL THINGS

RELIGIOUS, I CAN'T HELP BUTFEELING YOU GOT SOMETHING

WRONG HERE.

>> TWO MIRACLES ARE REQUIREDFOR SAINTHOOD.

BUT POPE FRANCIS WAIVED THATREQUISITE FOR

POPE JOHN XXIII SEEN HERE ONTHE LEFT.

AND THE CANONIZATION PROCESSFOR POPE JOHN PAUL 2nd ON

THE RIGHT AS YOU SEE HEREBEGAN PRIOR TO THE NORMAL

FIVE YEAR WAITING PERIOD.

>> Stephen: THAT IS WRONG.

WE CANNOT LOWER OURSTANDARDS FOR CANONIZATION I

MEANS THAT'S HOW SAINT IDESGOT IN.

IF THERE ARE NO STANDARDS,EVERYTHING GOES TO HELL,

FIRST YOU DON'T NEED TWOMIRACLES TO BECOME A SAINT.

NEXT THING YOU KNOW,EVERYONE AT THE VATICAN IS

WEARING DENIM ON CASUAL GOODFRIDAY.

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