So they've gone and picked 'em a Pope. Well, good for them.
Since I'm not Roman Catholic, it's not that big a deal to me. But for those who is, it is. So it's a good thing.
But you know, when they pick the Pope of Rome, they do it different than us Baptists do. What I saw them doing on the news channels was pretty much the same thing they did back in 1978.
I remember when Pope Paul (number 6, I think) joined the choir invisible. A week or two later, they got a bunch of folks together in Rome or somewhere and they holed up inside a building called the Sistine Chapel. Which surprised me, them naming a building after the blonde nurse on Star Trek.
Anyway, they got together and voted and picked 'em a Pope. I think they knew all along who they was going to pick. I mean, the guy's name was Albino Luciani. What do you think? You know what I'm saying. I think Luciani had the votes the whole time. I remember him smiling a lot. He seemed like he would appreciate a good joke. I mean, he named himself after two of the Beatles.
Anyway, during the voting, there was the question about white smoke/black smoke. Since he had a sense of humor, he probably had them messing with the smoke, then he'd run over to the window and laugh. Too bad he wasn't around long. He had him a heart attack and was gone in a month.
So, they got back together. I mean, the chairs were still warm. Anyway, they picked the fellow that called himself John Paul II. Not real original there. But he was a nice guy, it seemed. And probably smarter than they gave him credit. I could just imagine it.
The last 400 years worth of Popes had been from Italy. And they just had two Pope funerals in five weeks. So, I'm thinking they might have thought it wasn't a real safe job. So, they got this guy from Poland to take it. I guess he showed them.
Anyway, they just went through the whole thing again, and the Italians are still a little skittish. They elected them a German Pope. And this guy was even less original than the last Pope. He took the name Benedict. He's number 16.
I wonder why they don't keep their same name. I mean, wasn't Joseph a saint? Couldn't he have used his own name? Or am I thinking of somebody else? Or aspirin?
Also, if he wanted to pick a name that had been used before, why not a name that hadn't been used but once? Like Linus. Or my favorite, Cletus. Or Hilarius. That's a funny name. But, I guess Benedict is alright.
See, Baptists do things different. We ain't got no head of the Baptist Church. Except at the local Baptist church. Preachers there pretty much do what they want. Until the Chairman of the Deacons gets beat by the preacher in golf, or finds out the preacher's been visiting Mrs. Chairman of the Deacons if you know what I mean, or if his tie is the wrong color (crimson instead of red during football season, in Georgia; red instead of crimson during football season in Alabama; and so on). Then, they don't usually wait for him to die. They run him off.
The preacher will make an announcement during the Sunday service that "the Lord has led him to another calling" which means he's going to live on what's in savings until another church who ran their preacher off calls him.
And there's no smoke involved. Except what the Chairman of the Deacons is blowing up people's butts.
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