Tag: Pope Francis

What’s Good // What’s Bad 2.7.17


This  weekly feature gives you the best of what’s good and what’s bad out there in the snarkiverse. This content is explored more in-depth on our weekly radio show, Snarky Faith, so you should check that out too. Without further adieu… here’s your rundown this week of the good, bad and ugly of the interwebs. Enjoy!

• Need an escape from the orange turd-tornado in Washington DC? How about a shark-filled tornado instead? Yes, the fifth (you read that correctly) installment of the craptastic film (if we can call it that) series, Snarknado, is coming back for more. This escapism at its made-for-tv movie finest. Five different shark-infested tornados? If there was ever proof that climate change is real, this must be it. [EW]

• Oh, Fox and Friends, why, oh why, do you try to act like snarky theologians? That’s my job you silly little tools. They were trying to mock Rev. Al Sharpton who tweeted last week that Jesus was a refugee, which, in fact, he was (read Matthew 2:13). If you’re going to try and throw shade at Rev. Al, at least get your facts straight. Even Pope Francis said in 2014, “He [Jesus] was a refugee.” Sounds like someone (and their friends) needs to go back to Sunday school.

• Anyone want to see what it looks like to have a civil dialogue between an atheist and a Catholic? Check out the interchange between Ricky Gervais and Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. Both are respectful but stand their ground. This is what civility and respect should look like. We need more of this in our world.

• Looking for a good, informative read? You should check out The Atlantic’s piece on the rise of Putin’s America. It’s informative and frightening about how Trump’s ventriloquist became the ideological hero of nationalists everywhere.  [The ATL]

• Want some good satire? You should go and check out Karl Giberson’s new piece called “Jesus at Trump Tower.” Just like the title suggests, it’s a fictitious conversation between the Son of God and the POS POTUS. It’s beautiful, it’s snarky, it’s everything… plus Karl is on our show next week.  [Huff Post]

• Did you catch this in the news? Mc Donald is looking to erase the separation of church and state? Yep, that’s a thing… a scary thing. [Huff Post]

• I loved Netflix’s new Stranger Things ad, but really? Are we supposed to wait until the end of October for this? Com’on! #firstworldproblems

• Hopefully, you caught this during the Super Bowl. If not, you should really spend the five minutes to see 84 Lumber’s full Super Bowl ad? It’s a beautiful and heartbreaking story about a mother and daughter’s symbolic migrant journey towards becoming legal American citizens. Deemed too controversial to show in its entirety, you can see the whole video here. Enjoy.

If you see any snark-worthy news, feel free to send it us: questions@snarkyfaith.com. Have a great week!


2016 Rewind: How to be a Saint

A snarky take on sainthood

Snarky Faith 11/29/16


As 2016 moves towards it’s end, we’re giving you the best of Snarky Faith this past year in a rewind episode…

A rundown of the process of sainthood. With Mother Teresa set to be canonized, we talk through the steps of how to become a saint. Also, for kicks we lay out our own snarky path for a particular version sainthood. Are we right on or simply heretics? Tune in to find out.

The Pope’s Top Ten



Pope Francis strikes again. It seems he can do no wrong. In a recent interview with Argentine weekly, the Pope laid out his top ten list of how to live as a happier, more joyful person and they’re spot on.

1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.”

2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”

3. “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist — gaucho Don Segundo Sombra — looks back on how he lived his life.

“He says that in his youth he was a stream full of rocks that he carried with him; as an adult, a rushing river; and in old age, he was still moving, but slowly, like a pool” of water, the pope said. He said he likes this latter image of a pool of water — to have “the ability to move with kindness and humility, a calmness in life.”

4. “A healthy sense of leisure.” The pleasures of art, literature and playing together with children have been lost, he said.

“Consumerism has brought us anxiety” and stress, causing people to lose a “healthy culture of leisure.” Their time is “swallowed up” so people can’t share it with anyone. Even though many parents work long hours, they must set aside time to play with their children; work schedules make it “complicated, but you must do it,” he said. Families must also turn off the TV when they sit down to eat because, even though television is useful for keeping up with the news, having it on during mealtime “doesn’t let you communicate” with each other, the pope said.

5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family,” he said.

6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. “We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs” and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.

“It’s not enough to give them food,” he said. “Dignity is given to you when you can bring food home” from one’s own labor.

7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation “is one of the biggest challenges we have,” he said. “I think a question that we’re not asking ourselves is: ‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?'”

8. Stop being negative. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,'” the pope said. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”

9. Don’t proselytize; respect others’ beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing,” the pope said.

10. Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars,” he said, and “the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive” and dynamic.

from Catholic New Service