Monday, February 11, 2013

Pap from the Poopacy - Er, Poop from the Papacy . . .

To the surprise of quite a few people, Pope Benedict XVI abruptly announced his resignation from the See of Rome effective February 28th of this year, citing age and unspecified health issues.  This makes Benny the first pope in almost 600 years to voluntarily step down.

So, what's this got to do with the price of pork shumai in Tokyo?  Not much, really; the only fun we'll have with this is if Benny decides to renege on his resignation and come back as Antipope.

Which causes me to wonder:  If a Pope and an Antipope meet, do they mutually annihilate each other, like matter and anti-matter?  Just one of the many questions that make sane people keep a safe distance from me.

Now, I got awakened from a sound sleep with this news (a disturbance in the Force begs to be noticed), and the news media is rife with speculation about who will be the next guy to wear the Funny Hat.  Candidates include several from Africa, about four from the Americas and at least from the Philippines.  No matter who gets picked, they'll come into the position with a lot of stuff in the IN box - scandals about financial skulduggery, scandals about pedophilia, and the ongoing struggle to adapt a medieval organization based on the classical world's last mystery religion to modern cultural trends.

It ought to be fun.

(Flames will be judged on merit and originality.  Have fun!)


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