Cool Pope, Pope Francis, lost some serious cool points after the Vatican confirmed he secretly met with Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But as Conan O'Brien revealed on Conan Wednesday, that wasn't the pontiff's only consultation with a questionable figure.
With a solemn face, O'Brien blew the lid off of Francis' sub sandwich summit with disgraced Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle, before revealing His Holiness had also signed a substantial record contract with Suge Knight.
The pope's undisclosed tête-à-têtes — and the photoshopped proof O'Brien had to back them up — only grew more ridiculous and disconcerting: Francis was caught riding a roller coaster with Robert Durst and hunting lions with reviled Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer. And worst of all, he received a private comedy show from Bill Cosby.
"I thought that was going way too far!" O'Brien cracked after the final one.
Pope Francis spent much of his visit to the United States speaking publicly about climate change and helping the impoverished, a distinctly anti-capitalist message celebrated by liberals and rued by conservatives. While such messages have endeared him to Catholics and non-Catholics alike, Francis remained largely silent on the topics of gay marriage and abortion during his trip to the U.S.
While Francis' secret meeting with Davis came as a shock to many of the pope's newfound, progressive admirers, he has regularly distanced himself from LGBT activists. As Rolling Stone's Tara Murtha reported, gay and lesbian Catholics were told they could not set up an outreach table at the World Meeting of Families, the Catholic conference that brought the pope to Philadelphia. More so, the group Equality Blessed was told, at the last minute and after a year of planning, they could not use the St. John the Evangelist church to host LGBT Catholic families from around the globe during the World Meeting of Families.