ROME- Rapper Snoop Dogg has renounced his faith in the Rastafari movement and is seeking to replace Pope Benedict XVI, says sources close to the musician. The news comes on the heels of the Pope's sudden and unexpected resignation on Monday.
Dogg turned to the Rasta movement in July of 2012 following a trip to Jamaica, when he also announced that he was changing his "surname" from Dogg to Lion, a name he claims was given to him by a Nyabinghi priest. The community didn't exactly welcome Dogg/Lion with open arms, as he was demanded in a letter by the Millennium Council to stop using the name "Lion" not long afterward. Claims that he was the reincarnation of famous reggae musician Bob Marley were met with further outrage in the Rasta community. Dogg/Lion released a public statement on Tuesday saying, "Rome and the world needs me at this time to raise the roof on the Lord's House"
Catholic critics are expressing skepticism and outrage at the thought of Dogg becoming the next Pope. One Cardinal, who wished to remain anonymous, said, "I believe he just wants to destroy the Church with dreadlocks and reefer. We just can't have that."
Vatican Cardinals are expected to meet in a conclave at The Vatican around March 15th. Dogg/Lion is planning to be in Rome with DJ Jiant Azz Hatt at the time readying for the new Pope's first public Mass.