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Will The Next Pope Be Dennis Rodman’s Newest Friend For Life?


You thought you were done hearing about Dennis Rodman for a while? Shows what you know. He’s back in the limelight, and he’ll exit when you drag him out by both damn feet. And no one’s doing that just yet, since the public’s appetite for weird Dennis Rodman stories seems to be rather high… and Rodman seems intent on providing as many of those stories as possible. First came the already-infamous North Korea visit… and that apparently went so well that the world might be getting some more Rodman-style diplomacy soon. Take it away, TMZ:

Dennis Rodman — fresh from his basketball summit in North Korea — is now setting his sights on fixing those pesky problems plaguing the Catholic Church … because he’s jetting to Rome today in hopes of meeting the new Pope.

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As for what Dennis wants to accomplish … he tells TMZ, “I want to be anywhere in the world that I’m needed … I want to spread a message of peace and love throughout the world.”

There’s an issue here: there isn’t actually a new Pope just yet, but there may well be one in place by the end of the week, so Rodman’s laying the groundwork now. While this wouldn’t make quite the same waves as the North Korea visit – Popes travel all over the world meeting people (famous athletes included), whereas North Korean leadership is a bit, uh, less accessible to outsiders – it’s clear that Rodman is serious about spreading good cheer throughout the world. Or loves when people talk about him. Or some combination of the two.

And hey, it’s not like the Catholic Church couldn’t use a message about compassion and understanding, given the well-known problems that continue to plague it. While given the nature of his DPRK visit, we can’t exactly expect Rodman to cast a critical eye on the institution and urge it to confront its demons, we also probably shouldn’t be relying on Dennis Rodman to do that. If this meeting comes to pass, really: what’s the worst that could happen? Popes meet with more ridiculous people than Rodman, after all.

Needless to say, if this meeting happens, we eagerly await Arch Puddington’s viewpoint.

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