Gut Rumbles

April 06, 2005

all pope, all the time

I regret the passing of Pope John Paul II. I believe that he was indeed a holy man, although a lousy administrator for the church. He didn't do enough about the child-molestation scandal among his priests and he was not outspoken enough about terrorism. But I still believe that he was a great man.

But I'm tired of seeing him on the news all the time anymore. So, in an act of utter tastelessness, I'm going to post this:

Two Priests decided to go to Hawaii on vacation. They were determined to make this a real vacation by not wearing anything that would identify them as clergy. As soon as the plane landed they headed for a store and bought some really outrageous shorts, shirts, sandals, sunglasses, etc. The next morning they went to the beach dressed in their "tourist" garb. They were sitting on beach chairs, enjoying a drink, the sunshine and the scenery when a "drop dead gorgeous" topless blonde in a thong bikini came walking straight towards them. They couldn't help but stare. As the blonde passed them she smiled and said "Good Morning, Father. Good Morning, Father." nodding and addressing each of them individually, then she passed on by. They were both stunned. How in the world did she know they were priests? So the next day, they went back to the store and bought even more outrageous outfits. These were so loud you could hear them before you even saw them.! They were sitting in their chairs to enjoy the sunshine. After a while, the same gorgeous topless blonde, wearing a string, taking her sweet time, came walking toward them. Again she nodded at each of them, said "Good morning, Father. Good morning, Father." and started to walk away. One of the Priests couldn't stand it any longer and said. "Just a Minute young lady." "Yes, Father?" "We are Priests and proud of it, but I have to know, how in the world did you know we are Priests, dressed as we are?" "Father, it's me, Sister Catherine." she replied.

Do you think the pope might have chuckled at that one?


If he read that privately, he might just have, for buried beneath all the putlic prounouncements was a virile male with a sense of humor !! Not well known, that, thought !!

Posted by: MommaBear on April 6, 2005 04:09 PM

"Do you think the pope might have chuckled at that one?"


I am, at least. Thanks.

Posted by: Grace on April 6, 2005 04:11 PM

"though", not "thought".........MB's paws are very naughty, today!


Posted by: MommaBear on April 6, 2005 04:12 PM

Ah ha...I never saw that punchline coming...LMAO. And yes, like Mommabear noted, it has been told that he had a great sense of humor.
I agree with the oversaturation in the media ofver his death...I think that the Pope would agree with you too.

Posted by: mountainmama on April 6, 2005 04:27 PM

He probably heard it before. . .

Posted by: Vince on April 6, 2005 04:27 PM

Privately, hell. He would've guffawed in public -- probably because whoever just told it to him must've heard it from somebody he told it to.

Posted by: McGehee on April 6, 2005 05:21 PM

Thats hilarious I bet he would've laughed, I mean c'mon its funny as hell. :) Danke Rob. :)

Posted by: Alli on April 6, 2005 05:51 PM

He would have spewed forth wine from his pursed lips as he tried to contain is laughter.

Posted by: oregano on April 6, 2005 06:23 PM

Pope John Paul II was no more responsible for the priest child-molestation scandal than George Bush was responsible for the Abu Graib prisoner abuse scandal.

(And before anybody goes off on me, I don't believe either GW or JPII was responsible for either scandal.)

Like all leaders of huge bureaucracies, the pope delegates the day to day administrative authority down to the local, smaller organizational units. In the case of the RC church, it is at the diocesan/archdiocesan level. Nope, this scandal can be laid at the feet of the individual bishops - mostly American bishops - who excercised that day to day control and who actually did the assignments of the offending priests.

I tend to agree that the media coverage is too saturated with the banal and shallow. But that's the typical way of reporters these days. However, the death of a long reigning pope, the funeral ceremonies, and the process of choosing his successor are newsworthy. And this pope is different from those of recent memory - the size of the crowds waiting for up to a day in queue for just a glimpse attests to that.

Oh - Though I doubt John Paul II would have guffawed in public, I am sure he would have laughed.

Posted by: Roy on April 6, 2005 08:05 PM

The papal death and upcoming succession are newsworthy, agreed.

However, we have gone way past reasonable coverage. Do we really need to see near-continuous images of thousands of people standing in line for their ten seconds of viewing time?

There is one upside: Wacko-Jacko coverage has all but disappeared.

Posted by: Grumpy Old Ham on April 6, 2005 10:13 PM

I agree with you, Grumpy Old Ham. Reporters haven't known what "reasonable coverage" is since the advent of the cable news network. Gotta fill that 24/7 coverage with something don'tcha know...

Besides, news stories nowadays aren't about whatever the subject of the story is. It's always about the reporter. Just watch any evening newscast and notice how the subject - especially if it's an individual - almost never gets more than a sentance-fragment soundbite. The rest is a monologue from a reporter/reporterette talking-head telling us what "they" think. Gah!

You're definately right about the upside. The Wacko-Jacko coverage has indeed disappeared. And for that we can be thankful.

Posted by: Roy on April 6, 2005 10:39 PM

Yes he would have laughed.

Note the humor expressed in the following National Review article:
Especially in the last dozen paragraphs.

Posted by: The Thomas on April 6, 2005 10:46 PM

Yeah , he would have laughed...or cried
laughing. Oh bye the way he was just a mortal
man(not the Holy Father) thats just a bunch of crock.There is only one Father, in heaven
and I think if He could He would puke at this morbid display of idolatry

Posted by: fay on April 7, 2005 03:41 AM


Posted by: Nelly on April 7, 2005 03:50 AM
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