South Park came back with a bang last week with the first episode of season 22, 'Dead Kids', which jumped straight into the deep end on the subject of school shootings and society's increasing desensitisation to the horror of it all.
Now a clip from episode two 'A Boy and a Priest' has been released and, surprise surprise, the show ain't showing any signs of slowing down.
The clip was shared on South Park's Twitter page with a brief synopsis that reads, 'a very special relationship has developed between Butters and the Parish Priest'.
In the clip, Randy Marsh calls Butters' dad Stephen while driving his car.
"Stephen! Stephen! The boys are missing. Their friends said they went camping with the priest," Randy shouts anxiously.
"Camping with the priest? Should we call the police or buy some condoms?" Stephen asks.
Randy then enjoys a good laugh, adding 'ok, ok, that was good,' before continuing with his search.
Oh boy, here we go again.
This will not be the first time the show has shifted its gaze to the Catholic Church, which is unsurprising when you consider creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's unwavering appetite for lampooning powerful groups and figures.
What's more, the comedy has been going for more than 20 years and during that period there's been a litany of sex abuse scandals stemming from the church. So yeah, it would have taken a miracle for the church to have avoided the show's trademark brand of scrutiny up until this point.
The most notable example of the church being taken to task on the show was 16 years ago in series eight's 'Red Hot Catholic Love'. The episode follows Father Maxi's quest to eradicate sexual abuse from the church, after he discovers at a meeting that all other priests in Colorado molest their altar boys. His mission sees him travel all the way to the Vatican, where he learns that all priests across the globe are molesting children, citing the fact it is not against Catholic law.
The episode then takes a typically South Park turn, as a determined Father Maxi ends up trying to find and altar the Catholic doctrine in some kind of dungeon, only to be confronted by the Pope, who says that any modifications must be approved by the highest power, the 'Queen Spider'.
Let's hope the latest instalment is as illuminating and hysterical as ever.
The episode will air in the US on 3 October at 10:00 pm ET on Comedy Central.
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