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Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for December 16, 2016

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    BE THIS GUY  almost 5 years ago

    The upside of a free-market economy.

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    Bilan  almost 5 years ago

    But if buying off your sins is a sin, you’re now stuck in a cyclical trap.

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    Sherlock Watson  almost 5 years ago

    Rat has always been into Indulgences.

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    Oshietekun  almost 5 years ago

    In God we trust — all others pay cash.

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    railwayman001  almost 5 years ago

    Already went to confession for Advent. The priest didn’t ask me for money, even though in ancient times he’d have done so since indulgences, not confession, existed at the time.

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    hawgowar  almost 5 years ago

    Old habit of the Catholic Church.

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    PICTO  almost 5 years ago

    Here’s $50…The weekend is coming,I should probably be carrying a balance.

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    Norman L Jones  almost 5 years ago

    Ethics? We don’t need no stinking ethics!!

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    juicebruce  almost 5 years ago

    Rat you have Beer at your church…………or Wine ….

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    whiteheron  almost 5 years ago

    Dirty deeds and they’re done dirt cheap ,

    (or should that be "downright cheap " ? )

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    mommadillo  almost 5 years ago

    I know a lot of Christians who seem to think this is how it works.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    That is why Henry VIII through Catholic Church out of England, they owned most of it thru indulgences.

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    LadyJessica  almost 5 years ago

    Rat, watch out or you are going to get feces nailed to your door. Theses, I mean, theses!!

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    Sandfan  almost 5 years ago

    I saw a video once of one of those TV preachers who claimed he received messages straight from God. He would close his eyes and get a pained expression on his face to show that he was being informed by the Almighty. Someone had edited in fart sounds every time he scrunched up his face. Hilarious!

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    TheTrustedMechanic  almost 5 years ago

    Sounds about right. However it’s not quite so overt. You sin, you go to church, you tithe or give an offering and your sins are forgiven. Of course they are more covert than that, you don’t have to tithe or offer in order for your sins to be forgiven, but we all know that church expects payment for ‘services’ rendered.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    oh, geeze……..

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    captainofgondor  almost 5 years ago

    Old Jokester Marty, he’s out doing more crazy pranks.

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    me  almost 5 years ago

    Quite a few bills there – that many people still acknowledge they sin!?

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    e.groves  almost 5 years ago

    Maybe not ethical, but legal.

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    MeGoNow Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    In a not-so-odd way, it actually makes more sense to resolve your sins with a fine, rather than praying to an imaginary friend. What really matters is that you don’t waste your sinning. Find sins you really, really enjoy.

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Rat is a sin eater.

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    tigre1again  almost 5 years ago

    Is Rat being type-cast here?

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    Larry_Olsen  almost 5 years ago

    As I learned in church when I was a kid…Bingo!

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    kaffekup   almost 5 years ago

    Rat’s sin is selling out too cheaply. A good indulgence is worth at least a boat payment to the priest.

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    T Smith  almost 5 years ago

    So… just like every other Abrahamic religion.

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    nosirrom  almost 5 years ago

    I see now. The path to heaven is a toll road. Next – Rat will move to the seacoast so that he will be there when the tithe rolls in.

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    Lyman Elliott Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Reminds me of a televangelist (can’t remember who off the top of my head) who said if he didn’t raise x amount of money by such and such a date god was going to take him. There was someone who donated about have what he was looking for. They interviewed some people on the news about it. Wish they had interviewed me. I would have said something to the effect that if these people want to be taken in by this bunco artist that is their problem.

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    papastever  almost 5 years ago

    It worked for the Roman Catholic Church in the Middle Ages

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    Number Three  almost 5 years ago

    I would expect Rat’s jar to be practically overflowing with cash.

    xxx

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    Peam Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    I see Rat is hiding his Pardoner’s tail under his cassock.

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    mail2jbl  almost 5 years ago

    It’s called “indulgences”

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    Don Freeman  almost 5 years ago

    That’s the way it worked in the Middle Ages.

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    oakie817  almost 5 years ago

    Mr Pastis, i think you’ll appreciate this…2 years ago I got my wife a Star Wars action figure for Christmas….did I get strange looks!…I said now you can tell everyone I bought you a new toy Yoda

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    Sisyphos  almost 5 years ago

    I don’t think you’re allowed to forgive yourself, Fr. Rat, even for a fiver….

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    BobCu  almost 5 years ago

    The religion industry is very lucrative.

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    K M  almost 5 years ago

    Simony, now, huh, Rat? No low to which you will not stoop.

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