Pope Francis Calls Scotch Whisky The Real Holy Water
- Posted by: Craig | April 23, 2020
The visit is due to include in an approaching documentary about the Scots College, however the Vatican has censored the Pope’s whisky quip, demanding it was taken out of the film, which is narrated by Daniella Nardini, prior to it aired on Sunday.
Director Tony Kearney followed the Scots seminarians over 18 months in 2018 and 2019, and told the Daily Record one of the students was asked to hand Il Papa a bottle of whisky.
” We shot the students meeting the Pope in the Apostolic Palace. Among them was tasked with giving the Pope a bottle of malt, because they understand he likes whisky.
” He was actually down to earth with them all and when they handed him the bottle, instead of just commending his assistant as he generally would with a present, he held it up and said ‘Questa e la vera acqua santa’, which implies ‘This is the genuine holy water.’
Kearney stated the Pope “guffawed with laughter and it was a real ice-breaker with the students and put everybody at ease.”
Nevertheless, the Vatican‘s media workplace was offered editorial approval over the footage. “We sent them the files and when they sent it back, that little bit of him stating that was eliminated.”
” We were actually frustrated at first, however they insisted they didn’t want the Pope to be seen to be backing whisky. I think it’s rather funny how guarded his image is.”
Il Papa’s penchant for Scotch is well known. In her very first conference with Pope Francis, Queen Elizabeth II gifted him a hinder filled with the Royal estates’ finest fruit and vegetables, including a single malt distilled at Balmoral.
The Vatican has a history of using alcohol to connect with its flock. The Vatican City takes in more wine per-capita than any other country worldwide.
In 2014, it was exposed that the Pope would use Argentine wine throughout Mass from grapes grown in Mendoza, San Juan, La Rioja, Catamarca, Salta, Neuquén and Río Negro.
The Pope has even stated that wine is necessary to an event. Throughout a public address in 2016, he discussed the Marriage at Cana, a story from the bible in which Jesus turns water into wine after the routine wine goes out.
He connected the Bible passage with the concept that turning point moments like wedding events demand generous quantities of wine.
“How is it possible to commemorate the wedding event and have a celebration if you lack what the prophets showed was a common component of the messianic banquet? “Wine is essential for the banquet,” he insisted.