Hot Pope gossip

This is too good not to share: the latest rumour from Rome is that there are two parties contending over the moribund Pope. The Italians want to let him go gracefully; the Poles want to keep him alive for as long as possible. But the best bit is the proposed compromise: he is to die on Good Friday, thus confirming, at least to Polish eyes, who it is he most resembles. How providential that Easter comes early this year.

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4 Responses to Hot Pope gossip

  1. Apparently, he’s speaking out of three different orifices these days.

  2. Robert Nowell says:

    Se non e vero, e molto ben trovato.

  3. acb says:

    well, I certainly believe the tug of war between the Poles and the rest. That’s how courts behave; and I think that there will be considerably less cachet in speaking Polish in Rome in a year’s time. And I know the rumour is circulating. It came to me from two independent sources. It’s also illuminating that people suppose it might be true. I’m not entirely sure that I believe it myself, but it would be a crime not to pass it on.

  4. JP2’s own apparent determination to stick it out to the end strikes me as more than slightly hubristic, tempting God.

    “Karol, can’t you take a hint?”

    “No, You’ll have to kill me first.”

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