March 30, 2009

Hillary and the Tilma

This one may only be funny to RCs like me—although I’m sure it’s playing really well in Mexico. As the Catholic News Agency reports:

“Mexico City, Mexico, Mar 27, 2009 / 04:59 pm (CNA).- During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and left a bouquet of white flowers ‘on behalf of the American people.’”

“The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted by Mary on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego in 1531. The image has numerous unexplainable phenomena, such as the appearance on Mary?s eyes of those present in the room when the tilma was opened and the image?s lack of decay.

“Mrs. Clinton was received on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. by the rector of the Basilica, Msgr. Diego Monroy.” [She was en route to receive the Margaret Sanger Award for Feticide from Planned Parenthood.—JZ]

“Msgr. Monroy took Mrs. Clinton to the famous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which had been previously lowered from its usual altar for the occasion.

“After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked ‘who painted it?’ to which Msgr. Monroy responded ‘God!’?

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