Believe it or not, I wrote the script for this, last Christmas Eve. Before the present hoohaw in Rome.

But then I got invited to be in a show called “The Funnies” at Benna’s Cafe, in South Philadelphia, so I decided to draw it.

Then the pope abdicated.

And now we’re in the middle of picking a new pope. What a week!

In case you don’t know the history: Martin Luther, the founder of Protestantism, delivered 95 Theses to the Catholic Hierarchy on the problem he saw in buying forgiveness for sin. If you care at all about religion (Catholic or not), they are a moving read. It is said that he nailed them to the door of the church at Wittenberg. This is doubted, but it is a nice image.

Pope Leo X, the reigning pontiff and the last non-priest pope, disagreed with Luther and eventually kicked him out of the church and found him a heretic.

And that’s basically the story that many people see as launching the present sweep of Western History that we are all caught up in.

I thought this was a pretty funny strip. No one at the opening of the comics show really seemed to agree.

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↓ Transcript
Panel 1. Narrator: Martin Luther at Wittenberg, 1517.
A figure is scene nailing a paper to what looks like the door of a church.

Panel 2. Martin Luther is in the forerground. Pope Leo X looks on with another priest.
Pope: Hey, Brother Luther. We read your 95 Theses. More like SACK OF FECES.
Whaaaaat?
Priest: Oh damn! Good one, pontiff.
Zing!

Panel 3. Martin Luther keep moving. The pope and priest high five