Why Benedict XVI Called It Quits: A Popery of Reasons

benedict1The world is divided between those who love puns and those who do not.   I’m one of the former. It must be in my DNA  because  I don’t seem to have a choice . Let me give you an example.  This morning I found myself telling my wife that I replaced the mat outside the side entrance because it had outworn its welcome.  She was kind enough not to groan. Especially on Valentine’s Day.

So be duly forewarned.  The following material  contains puns and may result in headaches and dyspepsia.  On the other hand,  it is hoped it may  elicit a chuckle or two and earn a dispensation from disapprobation.

Ten reasons why Benedict XVI thought he was  over the hill (the Vatican, that is).

1. He needed relief from the Te Deum of Papal life.

2. He reached the conclusion that it was the rite thing to do.

3. At his age he knew it was time for the Gen-Ex cathedra.

4. He wearied of saying “Pardon my French”.

5. There were far  too many papers to grade in the College of Cardinals.

6. He was routinely failing his examination of conscience.

7. The brutal fact was he was Petering out.

8. He was  getting   paranoid about the holes in the Swiss guard security.

9. He wasn’t sure which  to take:  the Via Appia or  the Via Gra.

10. He feared for his life in a town with so many missals.

11. He could no longer stay afloat in the Holy See.



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  • The Chabad said he was not the messenger of G-d.

  • In reply to jack:

    The Chabad need a little koan training, the answer is bigger than the question.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    They have Cohen training.

  • In reply to jack:

    My one hand is clapping. :)

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    keep that *private*.

  • Thanks, Jack, but what exactly does the Chabad mean by that?

  • Get a general idea at chabad.org. Can search for Moshiach.

    Of course, they didn't say that literally, but no one said your 11 literally, either.

  • In reply to jack:

    Point taken.

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