Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for May 28, 2024

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    BE THIS GUY  about 2 months ago

    Purgatory is too good for Rat.

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    BasilBruce  about 2 months ago

    I’m surprised Rat went into a confessional, unless he just wanted to brag.

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    carlsonbob  about 2 months ago

    Watch out for rat traps!

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    Formedras  about 2 months ago

    On the plus side, Rat, you already know that further sinning isn’t going to make things worse, so you can do it all you want.

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    GeorgeInAZ  about 2 months ago

    Or he could start following Jesus, and receive forgiveness and a relationship with God thru grace.

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    salakfarm Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Sounds like me if I believed that garbage.

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    AndrewSharpe  about 2 months ago

    So much for the anonymous screen.

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    daDoctah1  about 2 months ago

    “I heard you guys used to sell these things called indulgences. Is that still an option?”

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    Bilan  about 2 months ago

    His penance is one Hail Mary . . . for every Mary that has ever lived.

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    Sanspareil  about 2 months ago

    Rat should renounce Catholicism and become agnostic, then most bases are covered!

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    orinoco womble  about 2 months ago

    “Father, I just keep coming to confession over and over again with the same old sins. It’s embarassing, I just can’t seem to do any better. Same old sins, every time!”

    “So you’d like to try some new sins, is that what you’re saying?”

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    Troglodyte  about 2 months ago

    Hey Rat, remember what AC-DC said: "Some sin for nothin’ "!

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    erick.robinson  about 2 months ago

    …. or just have a cup of tea and read a book….

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    cdward  about 2 months ago

    Can’t quite imagine Rat ever going to confession because that would imply feeling bad about something he’s done.

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    akachman Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Love you, Rat. You say everything the rest of can only think. (“I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints”).

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    iggyman  about 2 months ago

    Any psychologist will tell you it is much better to get it out of your system instead of keeping it bottled inside!

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    Count Olaf Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Just keep on doing what you’re doing because at this point it doesn’t make any difference, anyway.

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    [Traveler] Premium Member about 2 months ago

    What highway is he on now?

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    Ignatz Premium Member about 2 months ago

    It’s “Bless me Father, for I have sinned.”

    I guess that was the result of Stephan being Greek.

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    SquidGamerGal  about 2 months ago

    You could try becoming a lich, Rat.

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    rickseg  about 2 months ago

    There’s an old New Yorker cartoon showing a lady and a priest standing outside a confessional and the lady is saying “Of course, my confessions probably aren’t nearly as interesting as yours.”

    Also, check out Tom Lehrer’s Vatican Rag. Hilarious!

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    BadCreaturesBecomeDems  about 2 months ago

    The gay priest is telling Rat to not sin. Ha ha ha!

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    BadCreaturesBecomeDems  about 2 months ago

    Although I have never met a good person who is Catholic, I am confident that there must be one somewhere…

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    kittygatos  about 2 months ago

    “Evil is neither suffering nor sin; it is both at the same time, it is something common to them both. For they are linked together; sin makes us suffer and suffering makes us evil, and this indissoluble complex of suffering and sin is the evil in which we are submerged against our will, and to our horror.”Simone Weil

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    Ellis97  about 2 months ago

    Guess it’s too late for Rat to repent for his sins. He’s that awful.

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    figuratively speaking  about 2 months ago

    Or he could just be a good person because it’s the right thing to do. That’s why this will be so hard for Rat.

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    ndulleck  about 2 months ago

    I didn’t know Rat was Catholic

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    Goat from PBS  about 2 months ago

    That’s not how church works.

    Well, not how a Christian church should work. A “Christian” church does work like this.

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    ladykat  about 2 months ago

    Well, Rat, I guess you know where you’re going!

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    uniquename  about 2 months ago

    Kind of like an insurance company after you’ve had “too many accidents”.

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    wordsmeet  about 2 months ago

    Sadly, another comic strip dealing lightly with religion produces a discussion devolving into petty politics. We need better-paid better teachers, I guess.

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    Linguist  about 2 months ago
    I hear Robert DeNiro as the priest’s voice in Rat’s confessional.
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    MeGoNow Premium Member about 2 months ago

    It’s an ill wind…. Fourteen accountants made it into heaven just to help keep track of Rat’s sins.

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    DaBump Premium Member about 2 months ago

    I can’t speak for the Church of Rome, but that’s not how it works according to the Bible.

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    CaveCat87  about 2 months ago

    See you in H-E-Double Hockey Sticks, Rat.

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    rshive  about 2 months ago

    Good luck, Rat!

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    walstib Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Regarding anti-Catholic comments above, in my experience, only a very small percentage of Catholics are the insufferable devout ones (and converts are the worst). The vast majority are cafeteria Catholics who were born into it, and it’s more cultural than truly religious. We have brains, we can think for ourselves. For example, no more families with 12 kids since the pill. We aren’t proselytizing, not committed enough for that. We ignore the hierarchy, and on the local level we do good social justice stuff like food shelves, homeless meals, coats for kids, blood drives, etc. Many just come on Sundays to socialize after Mass over coffee and donuts.

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    klapre  about 2 months ago

    Imagine a being so powerful he created the universe and yet so petty he demands our unconditional love and obedience. It would be like a human demanding an ant worship him.

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    mindjob  about 2 months ago

    Asking for forgiveness is one way to avoid being reincarnated as a lizard.

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    elgrecousa Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Rat needs a confession session? Mighty surprising.

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    oish  about 2 months ago

    It’s a blessing and a curse

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    Kurtass Premium Member about 2 months ago

    I’ve never sinned, sin is a religious thing and I’m not religious.

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    patrickschreiber1951  about 2 months ago

    Atheist, sorry.

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    kinich79  about 2 months ago

    Rat is Catholic?!

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    NatureBatsLast  about 2 months ago

    I prefer “Actions” to Grace.

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    zeexenon  about 2 months ago

    Also uttered by Muhammad bin Qasim reported “I have Sindh.”

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    Buoy  about 2 months ago

    Just become a vampire. Then you will never die.

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    kaffekup   about 2 months ago

    What amuses me are the number of posters here who spout Jesus and God, but in political settings, say the nastiest things about those who disagree with them. There’s some dissonance there.

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    Scott S  about 2 months ago

    Father O’Malley had to hear confessions the same day of the Notre Dame – USC game. Undaunted, he decided to stream the game on his phone with his earbuds, & no one would know the difference.

    Leaving the church, a parishoner commented to another “I don’t think Father O’Malley was focused today.”

    “Why not?” the other asked.

    “Instead of granting absolution he gave me a 15-yard penalty!”

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    ILoveHistory  about 2 months ago

    Ah pearls what a strip

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    egadi'mnotclad  about 2 months ago

    There are many life paths, including living by a code. The subset of Monotheism (including Islam, Judism and Christianity) are not the only paths. My personl code is formed by Mahayana Buddhism, because for me it works better than Christianity did. There are many ways to follow Christ, and I respect your choice. Religion is not a one size fits all, for sure.

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    David Rickard Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Pull a John Constantine and con both Heaven and Hell into leaving you alone.

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    Curiosity Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Ah yes…. the impossible task as pennance. A truly devilish punishment!

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Who HASN’T sinned, aside from Jesus?

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    Salty dog Premium Member about 2 months ago

    Interesting the comments on religion

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    WF11  about 2 months ago

    Just don’t get these two mixed up:

    “Is the Pope Catholic?”, and

    “Does the bear ____ in the woods?”

    You’ll get:

    “Does the Pope ____ in the woods?”, and

    “Is the bear Catholic?”

    Anyway, this is where today’s strip led my mind.

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