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Monday, February 25, 2013

Ten Thousand Hail Marys For Me

"After much reflection and consideration, I feel I must step back from the Papacy to devote my time to a Grail quest. After years of study, it is my firm belief that the Holy Grail resides in Boca Raton, Florida, guarded by a secret society of retired dentists." ~ from the first draft of the resignation speech by Pope Benedict

"You know, I never actually wanted this job. I never expected to be voted in by the College of Cardinals. I thought you hated me. Or maybe that's the reason you voted me in. To punish me." ~ from the fifteenth draft of the resignation speech.

Earlier this month, Pope Benedict (Benny to his friends, and Darth Sidious to his apprentices) announced that he was stepping down from the Papacy. The Roman Catholic Church must now choose a new Pope, in the first situation of its kind in six hundred years, with a Pope still living. Word has it the ex-Pope will be living at a retreat on Vatican grounds, perfecting his golf swing. Maybe yelling at kids to get off his lawn. Or getting to work on building the Death Star. 

As you can imagine, the editorial cartoonists of the world have had a field day with the Pope deciding to retire. Here are some of the best. Enjoy!


  1. It's a good thing you're not Catholic! You'd never be able to use the Ten Sins or Less Confessional.

    I knew Grumpy Cat would weigh in on this one....

  2. This protestant agrees with Grumpy cat.
    Jane x

  3. I tried not to read all the funnier ones just in case there was a chance I'd get hit by lightening!

  4. I too am trying to figure out if I am in the safe zone from when you get hit by lighting !
    Is Tucson far enough away ?
    I loved this post.

    cheers, parsnip

  5. Heehee, I had no qualms about enjoying these. Priceless finds, all of them!

    (That book about the hunt for John Wilkes Booth sounds fascinating, thanks for a new reading list idea.)

  6. My father was Catholic, but when he married my mother, who happened to be Buddhist, they both decided to leave religion up to us kids, when we were old enough to decide.

    Unfortunately, I never learned enough to decide! :D

  7. This Catholic respects the tremendous cajones it took for Pope Benedict to decide to step down.

    As Pope Emeritus, I sincerely hope his health permits him to work on his golf swing.

  8. Not to be rude, but what is the Pope's purpose anyway?

    Hugs and chocolate

  9. Hilarious William...we ARE amused haha!

  10. P.s. the statue of Sir Charles is life sized.

  11. You had me dying with the Pope/Star Wars images. Too funny!

  12. Armed and fully operational! Hilarious picture--enjoyed all the cartoons, too;)!

  13. William, I can always count on you to make me laugh.

  14. Funny I'm going to confession now since I think it was a sin to read this blog!

  15. @Norma: I'd be in lots of trouble with the Sisters of Little Or No Mercy.

    @Jane and Chris: so do I!

    @Eve: I don't think it's likely to get hit by that!

    @Parsnip: yes, it's far enough away!

    @LondonLulu: you're welcome!

    @Diane: that happens!

    @Under Cover: Oy vey!

    @Lynn: if he knocks a ball through a stain glass window, his successor will want a word with him.

    @Shelly: to model Prada shoes?

    @Grace: thank you!

    @Auden: thanks!

    @Maria: I'm in so much trouble for that...

    @Kelly: It's a pleasure!

    @Deb: say a few hail marys for me!

  16. I've already sent in my application -- have an interview Sunday.

  17. This was a hoot! Grumpy Cat!
    And look what Anonymous left you?

  18. William, William. The pope skewering, okay. The digs at the Church being trapped in the fifteenth century, okay.

    But the Queen? The Queen, William??? How could you?

    And Mark, good luck with that interview.

  19. Hahahaha...something for everyone to belly laugh about.

  20. Thanks for the giggles. Now How do I get his RED SHOES???

  21. Never saw the Star Wars connection before, but I love it. May the farce be with you.

  22. @Mark: did it go well?

    @Lorelei: I have no idea how those spammers still manage to sneak through occasionally.

    @Cheryl: I like the Queen!

    @Cindy: thank you!

    @Virginia: it involves a break in at St. Peters. How hard could that be?

    @Karla: I've seen pics like that around in response to Benny for awhile...

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  24. I love the last one. England's royals are an enigma to me.

    And I'll send up one Hail Mary for you.


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