Pope Benedict XVI: A Legacy of Funny Hats

15 Feb

When news broke that Pope Benedict XVI was quitting, I thought it was a prank headline.

I didn’t think you could just quit being Pope.

But apparently the reign of Pope Benedict XVI (soon to be Joseph Ratzinger once more) is coming to an end.

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People are torn when it comes to Pope Benedict XVI’s legacy. Some believe him to be a great pope and others… not so much.

I think we can all agree, though, that Pope Benedict was the creepiest looking Pope since Boniface IX .POPE basic hat manip

(Yeah, I went there. Zing!)

Benedict XVI/Ratzinger cited age and fatigue as reasons for his resignation- which is reasonable.

It does lessen the magic when the head honcho and spiritual conduit for the oldest Christian establishment in the world is nodding off during Mass.

(Come on, you are supposed to be jacked up with the Holy Spirit!)

Personally, I didn’t think his German work ethic would allow him to quit.

When Germans are tired, they hike a mountain to relax.

If they do admit to being tired, more often than not, it is something more akin to “weariness“… a deep existential fatigue that robs the body and mind of purpose and vigor.

But if you suggest quitting your job with little or no job prospects on the horizon, they will look at you like you are an insane person.

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Having Pope Benedict resign like this means one thing for certain: the Germans can never really make a joke about how lazy Polish people are ever again.

Pope John Paul II had every reason to resign from the papacy and no one would have faulted him for doing it either. He had Parkinson’s Disease and barely enough strength to support his head under the weight of that massive hat. You could literally see the weight of the world on his shoulders.

And yet, he was in it until the end.JOHN PAUL peekaboo

Pope Benedict XVI is now basically the German Sarah Palin.*

(*NOTE: The German Sarah Palin can still speak fluent Spanish, French, Latin, Italian, English, and German, as well as read Greek and Hebrew, and has traveled all over the world. But otherwise, they are practically leading parallel lives.)

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3 Responses to “Pope Benedict XVI: A Legacy of Funny Hats”

  1. Diesel February 15, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    I thought quitting a steady job in the middle of the recession sounded crazy too. Does the vatican have a Wal-mart? Maybe he can be a greeter.

    • Mandy February 16, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

      Guys, he is moving into a convent. PLEASE tell me that is the beginning of the first ever Vatican City reality show.

      • jchal85 February 16, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

        ARE YOU SERIOUS???!!

        That is amazing.

        If it isn’t a reality show in the works- dibs on writing the script for that movie.

        (Saying “dibs” is how you copyright things, right?)

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