Pope Francis Thinks Facing Mecca During Mass A Great Idea

July 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Vatican

Image: JennyR18

Image: JennyR18

Responding to Cardinal Robert Sarah’s suggestion that priests celebrate Mass ad orientem, or facing east, Pope Francis today praised the idea, asking all priests to face Mecca while saying Mass.

Speaking to a large crowd at his weekly Wednesday Audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said that facing Mecca during Mass could be the ecumenical boost the Church and the east need “in these dark times.”

“It is very important that we return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction, toward Mecca, the holiest site in all of Islam. This will accomplish two things…first, it will be as a sign of unity between east and west. Second, when we kneel at Mass, we will not only be kneeling for Christ’s forgiveness, but kneeling to those we harmed during the Crusades, which was our fault. They will, thereby, act in pseudo persona Christi as we humbly ask for God’s forgiveness.”

Francis went on to ask all priests to “implement this practice wherever possible, unless of course you’re already located somewhere in the east, in which case, ad populum will be permissible.”

After close to a ten second paused, Francis smiled, saying “Man…Sarah’s so smart, right? How does he come up with this stuff? He’d make such a great pope. He’s nothing like the Burke idiot I got rid of.”

  • wiffle

    Nice. 🙂

  • Maferick


  • Smokey

    Pure bs!

  • Gabriel Soares

    An audience? Ok, such event was probably recorded in video, yes?

    • Nick

      This is a joke website

  • Monk

    This might just help a few priests to better understand the liturgy – when they are prevented from making creepy eye contact with parishioners while they are addressing God.

  • samton909

    The Head of the FBI just held a press conference where he said Pope Francis cannot be blamed for this statement, because he did not have any intent of saying it.

  • Deacon Raymond Moon Sr.

    It still amazes me that people don’t understand satire.

    • Robert Wolske

      It used to be easy to tell the difference between real news and parody, but these days, not so much.

    • Patsy Koenig

      You are amazed when people take Francis at his word?

  • Frank Hammond

    This is a case where satire will become reality

  • Adam Hovey


  • JabbaPapa

    Good job that our fave gay mass organising English Cardinal has clarified that one should pray at Mass with one’s back turned to Mecca.

  • Michael Leggett

    Michael Voris won’t say anything about this. Instead, he’ll blame Cardinal Dolan.