Roger Pugh

Letter to America: Loss of Faith

Australian Roger Pugh in his latest “Letter to America” talks about the impact religion and faith has on the American political landscape and papal endorsements.


G’Day Americans,

We’re fascinated down here by the Pope popping up so regularly in your primaries.

Bernie’s just fronted the Vatican for a Papal quasi-endorsement and we’re very interested in whether Hillary will follow suit. Most commentators believe she will be obliged to make her confessions to the FBI instead.

If the Pope publishes an encyclical about the primaries, however, it seems likely that Bernie would be the main beneficiary and Trump would be damned as the anti-Christ. And by supporting a secular Jew from Brooklyn he couldn’t be accused of being overly religious.

The interesting question is whether the Pope’s blessing offers an advantage for Presidential candidates and whether Trump’s policies would benefit the U.S. more than those of His Holiness.

Following the Pope’s anti-Trump tirades during his pilgrimage to South America, Donald’s poll numbers went up by two points clearly indicating that Republicans prefer the gospel according to him.

So, it’s possible that the Pope’s kind words for Bernie could be just what Hillary needs to clinch the nomination. The Pontiff has had so many cardinal sins to deal with recently he’ll probably be inclined to leave Hillary’s to the FBI.

On the other hand, it is fascinating to speculate whether Trump could do a better job in the Vatican than the Pope. There aren’t many women around for him to outrage and the joint is surrounded by walls to keep Muslims and Mexicans out.

If, however, Trump himself expressed the view that the Pope wasn’t the right person to lead the Catholic Church, it could arguably be the greatest boost to Roman Catholicism since Henry the Eighth.

Perhaps all of us including the Pope and Ted Cruz should accept that the Church and Politics don’t mix and if you keep faith with one it’s impossible to have any of it left for the other.

And now it seems absolutely certain that when the Second Coming finally happens, he or she won’t be a politician.

Roger Pugh




Roger Pugh

Following a career that comprised heading up global marketing departments and advertising agencies Roger made a seachange to his hobby of humorous writing by co-founding Political Satire site, Friday Mash. Roger is now the Native Content Director, heading up The Big Smoke’s Creative team and a regular political columnist in both Australian and USA editions of The Big Smoke.

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