The Pope blessed thousands of Harleys this weekend. The. Pope. Blessed. Thousands. Of. Harleys. This. Weekend.
Biker culture came to the Vatican on Sunday as Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders celebrating the manufacturer’s 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.
Thundering Harley engines nearly drowned out the Latin recitation of the “Our Father” prayer that accompanied Francis as he greeted the crowd before Mass. Standing in his open-top jeep, Francis drove up the main boulevard leading to St. Peter’s Square, blessing the thousands of people in what was a giant Harley parking lot. [CBS News]
I don’t see how this could possibly get any weirder.
Once the service got under way, bikers in their trademark leather Harley vests sat in the square alongside nuns and tens of thousands of faithful Catholics taking part in an unrelated, two-day pro-life rally.
I stand corrected. Hopefully Kurt Sutter sees this, because “SAMCRO goes to the Vatican” would be a pretty good way to spice up the next season of Sons of Anarchy.
In a somewhat related matter, I just want to point out something I wrote over at With Leather last week in my post about Kevin Durant’s talent-swapping basketball movie, Thunderstruck:
I still maintain that the best possible body-swapping movie would be one about the pope and a famous rock star switching places. You could have the pope and the rock star both standing on balconies second-guessing their life choices (POPE: [sighs] I never get to have any fun. ROCK STAR: [sighs] No one takes me seriously) as a shooting star rockets across the sky. Then when they wake up the next morning? BLAMMO. The pope is the rock star, the rock star is the pope. Hijinks ensue. The pope starts throwing parties, the rock star has a REALLY awkward experience with a groupie after a show, etc. etc. etc. You know how this goes. Long story short, everyone learns their lesson and they swap back at the end. Pope Swap, Summer 2014. Starring Channing Tatum and Jeffrey Tambor.
It’s a little too soon to say this is really happening, but if Kid Rock releases a song about Noah’s Ark, in Latin, I reserve the right to scream “CALLED IT” from the highest mountain in the land.