Figure 79

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Roman Catholic Church's discovery that the Virgin Mary was born without sin nearly 1,900 years after the fact, the sinful Holy Father, an acknowledged thief, came to sip from the curative underground spring waters of the Lourdes grotto. This infallible discovery and dogma of the Immaculate Conception gives Mary preeminence, once again,  over her sinless Son, Christ, born 15 years later.

Offstage left a brigade of French firemen stand ready for action should the towering holy candles become a towering holy inferno.