Monsignor Monroy missed a wonderful opportunity to jerk her chain and convince her it was done by paint-by-numbers. The trick, Monsignore, is to keep a straight face while telling her that. Idiots and diplomats never catch on that way.
During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and left a bouquet of white flowers “on behalf of the American people,” after asking who painted the famous image.
After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked “who painted it?” to which Msgr. Monroy responded “God!”
Leaving the basilica half an hour later, Mrs. Clinton told some of the Mexicans gathered outside to greet her, “you have a marvelous virgin!”
As to her comment to the gathered Mexicans, I'm told they replied, "Gracias! Y su hija, tiene Usted una . . . er . . . pues, ella es una muchacha sympatica, si."