Sunday, December 18, 2005

OK, People, Let's Get it Straight: Elvis Has Left the Building

...Apparently, not everyone's gotten that memo.

This is one of the funniest things I've ever seen, however -- further proof (as if some of the commentors at your fingertips weren't enough) that none can usurp the lock the fringes of the Catholic world have on the "Most Insane Zealots (Non-Violent)" award.

Considering the competition, that's saying something. Tip to Zadok.
MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A Roman Catholic bishop here has excommunicated members of a communal sect whose leader allegedly claims to be a manifestation of the late Pope John Paul II.

Sect leader Edwin Gonzalez Concepcion and his followers can no longer receive communion or participate in church activities, according to the order issued by Mayaguez Bishop Ulises Casiano Vargas.

Gonzalez, a former firefighter in the town of Aguada, has told his followers that he became a manifestation of John Paul when the pope died in April and that Pope Benedict XVI is the "antichrist," according to the order, which priests in the diocese read to their congregations Sunday.

Members of the group couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

The bishop also alleged that another sect leader, Gladys Miranda, claims she is the Virgin Mary, and that followers of the group make it hard for parishioners to receive communion by lying face-down in the aisle.
Of course, St. Blog's has more than its fair share of wannabe John Paul manifestations / impersonators. And for some strange reason, they all share the same favorite moment to continually act out in character: the one pictured on the left.