The episode will be filmed live in a local trailer park so that the Pontiff feels at home, and it will be shown late night on HBO so that Francis can “really say how he feels about the freakin' hypocrites who insist on morality and keeping the rules.”
“There will be no judging of any behaviour,” said Lombardi, “and Francis will try to get across to everyone on the show that his version of a ‘Field Hospital Church’ is well on its way to realization.”
“Francis will really drive one point home,” he said, “and the Holy Father’s main point will be that as we all know, hospitals do not teach you how to prevent illness: they merely give you things like penicillin for your syphilis when you contract it. This is the kind of language with which Francis’s sought-after audience can truly relate,” said Lombardi, nodding his head up and down.
The Springer episode will end with a live open-communion prayer service led by both Francis and Mr. Springer, and at its conclusion the Bishop of Rome anticipates throwing pearls before nearby swine.