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Elton John praises Pope Francis as he’s named ‘Man of the Year’ by Vanity Fair

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  1. Utter apologist nonsense. He “could” reach out, but he isn’t going to.

    As for “humility” – He can have word that the moment he stops decking himself in papal finery and thinks about liquidating the immense wealth the vatican extorts from its sheep.

  2. Is John taking out a celestial insurance policy.
    Disappointing.

  3. Did Elton John just criticise an era of vanity? Satire is dead.

    I do wish LGBT organisations will stop using that angry old queen as a posterboy. How on earth he can praise a man who thinks homosexuality is a disorder is beyond me.

    1. Someone should tell him to retire gracefully.

      1. It’s a bit late for that, I think.

        “vanity”, now there’s something Sir Elton knows a lot about.

        He and Barroness Knight should get together. Basically, they agree on gay issues.

  4. “when the last king is strangled by the entrails of the last priest……”

    1. Yeah, Diderot, had the right idea.

  5. Being the new head of the Roman Catholic church is akin to being the new boss of the BNP. All the nasty policies remain just the personnel changes.

    1. hysterically bonkers – your comments don’t have make me laugh

  6. Can we sue the surgeon that saved him from appendicitis? …..irrelevant old tosser.

  7. Is this the anaesthetic talking???

  8. Did he have appendicitis or a brain transplant? He however, is to give him his due an expert on ‘vanity’.

    Someone should remind him, you can not buy your way into heaven with either money or sycophantic words.

    1. Christopher Coleman 25 Jul 2013, 4:26pm

      You might not be able to buy your way into heaven, but you can buy your way out of purgatory. The present pontiff is already taking “indulgences” — the very same that were in part responsible for the Reformation. Another reformation might be in order — and not only of the Church.

  9. Comedy central!

    I’m sure Francis will be greatly relieved to receive Elton’s endorsement.

    Meanwhile the humility message has passed over Elton’s head.

    The delirium from the appendicitis cannot have yet abated. We wish him well.

  10. the ‘utter nutter’ sir??? elton strikes again??

  11. Does Elton know something about Pope Francis that the rest of dont or is it a different guy hes refering to as I dont recognise his describtion as being the same guy….for someone who always speaks out against homophobia I think hes made a big mistake this time….Man of the year? What a joke award

  12. Robert in S. Kensington 10 Jul 2013, 11:44am

    Bigot of the year is a more appropriate term for Francis 1. Spreading mendacious information about equal marriage in Argentina and elsewhere, denigrating gay relationships and subscribing to the notion that our sexual activity is disordered hardly qualifies him for man of the year. If he were truly Christ-like, he would sell everything the Vatican owns and the proceeds given to the poor.

    I strongly urge him to take another look at Luke 18:22 in which his idol Jesus Christ said…. “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

    Elton John is clearly suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, praising his oppressors.

  13. Suspect his comments to Vanity Fair were made before the recent joint declaration (Pope Benedict XVI & Pope Francis) against gay marriage

    1. Is this an ironic comment?

      As if it was not known that Francis hate “the Gays” before this.

      If you were joking you’re comment is brilliant.

  14. Colin (London) 10 Jul 2013, 11:55am

    Please tell me this is a joke…And i once respected the old queen! no no no…..

  15. Those who thrive on vanity should not throw stones -

  16. Colin (London) 10 Jul 2013, 12:22pm

    Anyone with half a brain should be laughing uncontrollably at this.

    Loved Chris Ward’s comment above…Perfect

    1. I agree, if it was not so pathetic.

  17. Yes, utter tosh! Does Elton John think he’s being smart, does he think he’s going to lure the head of Catholic church down the path of liberation and light?

    If so, Mr. John is seriously deluded.

    1. Colin (London) 10 Jul 2013, 4:19pm

      Probably trying to buy his place in their heaven !!!

  18. This has to be sarcasm in its purest form

  19. Didn’t know appendicitis effects irrational thought? What an idiot.

  20. Note how this is the Italian edition of Vanity Fair; I bet they had no choice but to vote the old bigot as man of the year – the corrupting tentacles of the Vatican are far reaching.

  21. Well I suppose, looking at things about as generously as possible, Elton John would certainly know about an ‘era of vanity’, since he embodies it pretty effectively.

    1. Is there a petition yet to take back his title of “Sir” yet??

  22. Lion in Winter 10 Jul 2013, 3:24pm

    Both these men are rapidly becoming irrelevant in the face of the two educated generations following them…

  23. What the hell is John thinking, praising the leader of the world’s largest, most corrupt cult in the world?
    One wonders whether John is a closet papist.

  24. My respect for Elton has just plummeted. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, to respect about the virgin Francis. An old homophobe at heart, and anyone excusing or ignoring this fact, needs a reality check.

  25. How dissapointing………….Elton wise up…….this man is not a hero……he is a homophobe! If this is what you really believe you should be ashamed.I have always respected you………but not any more.

  26. Michael Stevens 10 Jul 2013, 9:31pm

    Oh Elton, I remember when you were so far in the closet you might have been in Narnia, I think in spite of all the PR you’ve never really changed.

  27. I know what Elton means. Pope Francis in only a few weeks since appointment has shown his identification with the poor of the world in a way which few recent predecessors have. He also recently went to Lampedusa and showed empathy with those who in great hardship sought to cross the Mediterranean in rickety boats to get to a new life in Italy, many of them dying in the attempt; this despite hostility to immigrants being no less fierce than here in the UK. In these ways he shows himself a more Christian Christian than many others. If at present his position on LGBT rights is not right, he may come to right in due course or not. I have more hopes of that than of most bishops and priests. Not a saint, but a deal more in that direction than John Paul II who is to be beatified.

    1. Colin (London) 10 Jul 2013, 11:24pm

      I have no hope in him or any church in my entire life time. Look at their tactics, by country, by politics, by parliaments, by communities and by congregations. How many have demanded the religious killers in Africa stop?????? How much did he give to their suffering? Try travelling through Peru….. Very very impoverished people. Catholic churches dripping with silver alters some going up three stories high….Oh yes take the money from the poor and offer them a better afterlife..

      We all come from sand…118 elements and cooking…and we will all return to sand.

      Sorry Sir…but to me you are living in cloud cuckoo land

  28. I know what driving at. This is a man who, as bishop previous to pope, identified with the poor in the and rode on public transport. As pope he has shunned some of the absurd glamour of the pope (more so than Elton has of his!) and went to Lampedusa to show his empathy with those immigrants who arrived in rickety boats from North Africa, and with those who drowned in the attempt, despite this immigration being as unpopular in Italy as immigration from eastern Europe is here in the UK. He is more Christian than many who profess to be of that faith but whose actions are decidedly unChristlike.

  29. How can he be ‘Man of the year’ when he hasn’t been pope for a year. And Elton, what exactly has he done? So the pope is the latest muppet Elton is sticking up for…..makes a change from Eminem I suppose!

  30. Did Elton John lose his marbles? Last I knew Pope Francis is still adamant on his anti-gay views, and Francis COULD change, but he won’t because just like every other pope, he too will continue to step on the LGBT community and treat us all like second class citizens.

    1. the Catholic Church hates gays
      FICTION
      The Church loves all of God’s children, gay or straight. The Church loves sinners (i.e. ALL of us) and hates the sin (whether that be engaging in homosexual acts or any other sin, like gossiping or lying or stealing).

      it’s a sin to be gay
      FICTION
      It’s only a sin to partake in homosexual acts (i.e. having sex with someone of the same gender). But gayness in itself is fine. The Church recognizes that homosexuality isn’t a figment of the imagination. She recognizes it as a combination of nature and nurture.

      http://lifedoesntgetmuchbetterthanthis.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/why-gays-are-great-but-same-sex-marriage-is-wrong/

      1. “The Church loves all of God’s children, gay or straight. ”
        That’s true , but it’s the way they love them is the problem

        #paedopriests.

      2. There is no ‘god’ Ray,
        Sin is a religious construct and has zero relevance to modern life.

        Yet for some reason the catholic cult has a seat at the UN

  31. Who is EJ to lecture the Church about supporting those with HIV/AIDS? What one organization has done the most to reach out and provide care and dignity for those living with and dying from HIV/AIDS since the beginning all over the world. Answer: The Roman Catholic Church.

  32. This man really frustrates me. What the hell is his problem? He has issues for sure.

  33. Christopher Coleman 25 Jul 2013, 4:22pm

    It’s only the Italian edition of “Vanity Fair”, after all. Regardless of how Italians really feel and behave (frequently in defiance of the Church) almost all of them participate to some degree in the country’s Papamania. It helps to define the sentimental part of who they are.

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