…they might try, just for a gag, whomever they elect as pope, dressing +George up in the full papal regalia and pushing him out on the balcony after the “Habemus Papam” announcement, just to see the look on the faces of these guys.
Of course, no longer being a reader of The Age because of its declining reporting on exactly this kind of thing, I didn’t see the story there. I saw it in the other place, which has since pulled the article from the page on which it was located, and where today you will find a complete and unreserved apology for rerunning the story in its columns. The excuse used by that particular news-site which we hear so often is “we don’t write the stories, we just reprint them”, has been shown (in this deplorable instance) to be no excuse at all. By this stage they should have learned that not all that appears in our daily papers contributes to the “peace and for mutual upbuilding” (Rom 14:19) of the brethren.
I was going to blog about this deplorable article myself yesterday, but in fact if you wait long enough, someone else will do the job for you. Thank you, Zenit. I wonder how The Age’s religion reporter feels walking around Rome after that one…
Come to think of it, after watching St Geraldine of Doogue on Sunday night’s Compass “The New Pope – What Australians Want”, it might be an even better joke if the Cardinals just said, “What the heck. Let’s do it for real.”