The Vatican is calling it a mistake, when a story about Batman showed up on the official Vatican website and Twitter feed, but we all know Pope Francis is a big Bat-fan. I wouldn’t be surprised if he issues an official papal bull later this year on who should star in the Justice League movie.
As the world’s eyes are on the Vatican, waiting to hear who will be the next Pope, the Vatican has been embarrassed again when it was made known that Europe’s largest gay sauna is on the bottom floor of a building that also houses priests living and working in the Holy See. Of cock. The Vatican has feigned surprise at this revelation.
While Pope Benedict and the Vatican say that the Pope’s sudden announcement of resignation came because of health concerns, another story is starting to circulate that he resigned because he’s facing arrest from some unnamed European government on behalf of the International Tribunal Into Crimes Against Church and State over Benedict’s long-time handling and cover-up of systemic child abuse within the Catholic Church.
With Benedict retiring at the end of this month, cardinals at the Vatican will be tasked with appointing a new pontiff. Among the main contenders are two Africans, an Italian and a Canadian. With many Catholics now living in developing countries, it might finally be time to appoint a non-European Pope for the first time ever.
This morning, Pope Benedict XVI said he would be resigning at the end of February, saying he’s too damn old. This makes him the first Pope in over 400 years to step down while he’s still alive. So now the big question is… who would you pick to replace him?
It sounds like a joke, but it’s not… it’s a serious issue the Vatican had to consider when Pope Benedict recently became the first Pope ever to join Twitter, though Leo X did have a MySpace profile. Normally, it’s Church rules that when the pope speaks publicly, it becomes official Church doctrine. In this case, they have said his tweets will not… so I guess that gives Benedict the power to talk all the crazy shit he want.