Jon Stewart Knows Why the Pope Quit

The Daily Show host connects hoaxer extraordinaire Ronaiah Tuiasosopo — the guy who invented the Manti Te'o fake girlfriend — to the swarm of questions surrounding the Pope's resignation.

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The new year has not been kind to Catholic institutions. In mid-January, Notre Dame's star linebacker Manti Te'o was caught dating and eulogizing a fictitious girlfriend, a scandal that trapped the Catholic university in a non-stop media circus — and began an endless Jon Stewart joke. And yesterday, the Pope, considered infallible (in certain circumstances) by the world's 1.2 billion practicing Catholics, announced he was resigning at the end of February — the first papal resignation in nearly six centuries. Last night, the Daily Show host asked the really crucial question here: Are these two scandals related, somehow? Could it be that Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, hoaxer extraordinaire, lies behind all of this Vatican intrigue? Watch to find out the best of the papal conspiracy theories thus far:

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