Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Pope Tackling for Christmas

While most content themselves with spending time with family, eating treats, exchanging gifts, singing carols, and going through the 'going to Christmas mass' motions (if only for the sake of family comity and/or getting a solid hour away from the stresses of reality), this is what I call making the most of Christmas:

A woman jumped the barriers in St. Peter's Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass on Thursday.
Boo-ya! Forearm to the pope's head! Happy birthday, Jesus!

In all seriousness, body-slamming heads of state -- even unelected heads of fake states -- while hilarious, is not a good idea. It's not nice. But the fact remains: it is hilarious.

I await the footage before deciding whether the papal tackle tops the shoe-thrown-at-Bush moment from not far back:


Ginx said...

That is so funny I seriously just Poped in my pants.

I wonder if they'll design a Pope-mobile-esque Segway for him to be transported down the aisle in safety.

Dale said...

Ginx, you're right. I am so grateful to this woman for tackling the pope -- and I didn't get her anything!

Ginx said...

The tragedy is I don't think they caught it on video. The video I saw does not show the actual tackle (it appears to happen below the frame).

Anonymous said..., the Vatican is a Constitutional Monarchy. The "College of Cardinals" are the Electoral College....

Dale said...

Anon., your point being what? Constitutional monarchies don't have heads of state? Constitutional monarchies aren't states? That's news to me, and news to a lot of heads of states of constitutional monarchies.

Here's wikipedia on it: "The Pope is ex officio head of state and head of government of Vatican City, functions dependent on his primordial function as bishop of the diocese of Rome. The term Holy See refers not to the Vatican state but to the Pope's spiritual and pastoral governance, largely exercised through the Roman Curia.[18] His official title with regard to Vatican City is Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City."