Pope honors Rev. Smith

Thursday, April 25th, 2002 - 2:11 pm PDT

The pope took time out of his grueling schedule today to honor The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith. Though first noting that he still has “issues” with some of Smith’s LEGO illustrations of The Bible, and making it clear that that he remains “uncomfortable” with Smith’s continued use of the “Reverend” designation without ever having been ordained in by a Christian church, the frail 81-year-old John Paul said he commends Smith for “never having molested little boys — which is more than I can say about some of our most trusted church officers.”