Bill Maher Has a Few Words for Pope Francis

September 26th 2015

Diana Crandall

On his HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the comedian took some time to poke fun at Pope Francis’ highly publicized visit to the U.S.

“Did you watch T.V. this week? All Pope, all the time. I get it, the Pope is here. He’s doing pope-ing stuff,” Maher joked. “It’s like One Direction is there. People lining the route of the motorcade were passing out, and that was just from the fumes from the Volkswagens.”

“Real Time” premiered on Friday night just in time to also comment on the resignation of Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-Ohio). Boehner resigned after an emotional visit with Pope Francis this week in Congress.

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Though reasons for his resignation were complex, Maher criticized a teary-eyed Boehner for being a hypocrite, saying: “Boehner has always been terrible on immigrants, terrible on the environment, [he is] the ultimate crony Capitalist, and the Pope comes to town and basically shits on everything he stands for.”

“Maybe after hearing Francis speak, he decided to devote his life to helping the poor and fighting climate change,” Maher said, continuing his Boehner comments. “No, he’s gonna be a lobbyist for Volkswagen...it has nothing to do with the Pope.”

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Pope Francis and President Barack Obama

Though Maher is a traditionally harsh critic of Republicans, he and a panel of guests took some time to criticize liberals for what he calls ‘selective hearing’ of the Pope’s messages.

“He opposes gay marriage, he opposes gay adoption, he opposes transgender rights, against all forms of contraception, against all forms of abortion, ruled out women priests — that sounds more like Rick Santorum than Bernie Sanders.”

Maher’s comments stand out amongst a sea of praise this week, as countless media outlets paint the “progressive” Pope in an only-positive light, but he still has mixed feelings about the religious figure and leader of the Catholic church.


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