“I bless you in the name of the father, the son, and the holy squirt gun.”
Various online images of Roman Catholic priests have gone viral showing them using a squirt gun to shoot holy water on their congregations in an effort to maintain social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic over the past year.
For example, pictures of Timothy Pelc, a 70-year-old priest from a Detroit Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park show him shooting water from a colorful squirt gun into a car window as he wore a face mask, face shield, and rubber gloves.
Many people who saw the story got a good laugh and memes were created as a result showing the Priest with his squirt gun in various movie roles such as The Exorcist and Pulp Fiction.
Pelc told BuzzFeed News that he was a little concerned about how the Vatican might react to the photos.
“It was big in Ukraine, and the Germans are funny — that led to a whole sub-discussion about the types of water pistols,” he said. “It even had two hits in the Vatican, which sort of concerned me, but I haven’t heard anything yet.”
“I’m not objecting to it — this whole idea of combating evil is a good one,” Pelc said. “When Jesus dies, he doesn’t just lay around doing nothing. He goes down to hell and kicks the doors in. He really wrestles with evil. We all want to believe that the devil is not the most powerful force on the earth and neither is COVID-19.”
I’m not easily amused and the funniest of guys due to my difficult past, but this religious news really made me laugh and I thought I would share it with you so you can laugh too.
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