Italian law enforcement units arrested scores of Cardinals last week, while the Italian military shortly afterward swept into Vatican City.

The Italian parliament voted overwhelmingly to merge Vatican City into the city of Rome, effectively ending Catholicism’s reign over the city-state.

Everyone knew Vatican City was the center of an international pedophile ring.

The operation was codenamed Spotlight after the 2015 movie about clergy sex abuse scandal in Boston, Massachusetts.

As a cover up, the Italian police sent bus-loads of orphans into Vatican City for the annual Cardinal Convention. Italian police had to smuggle the cardinals out on the bus to face criminal charges in Italian courts.

Catholic clergy overseas are quick to point out their peers who are under arrest are victims of a virulent strain of anti-Catholicism and hatred of the man-boy sacrament.

Swiss Guards were caught unaware. It was obvious their pointy pikes were no match for assault rifles. The invasion was bloodless. No one was injured.

At this time, the Italian government is not sure what it’s going to do with all the wealth the papacy built up over the centuries. Insiders say many buildings will be transformed into museums.

Other assets will probably be auctioned off and given to survivors of clergy abuse. “It’s poetic justice,” one government official remarked, “and the pedophile priests just got slammed with poetry.”

Patheos.com  / ABC Flash Point Religious News 2019.

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And please keep them locked up?