Saturday, April 02, 2005

Has he gone yet?

Has he gone yet?
Old Popey's taking his time. I mean, he's been at death's door now for a few weeks. Woke up this morning and switched on the news, half expecting to hear that he's gone. He's still hanging in there though, obviously all that praying going on round the world is doing something. Now, I don't mean to be disrespectful at all, (I may not be Catholic, having been Christened C of E and confirmed Methodist, although completely non practicising these days), but I really wish he'd just get on and go. At least it's giving Sky News something to talk about because there doesn't seem to be any other news around today to report on (Mugabe winning the Zimbabwean election isn't news, that was a foregone conclusion....)
Over the last 24 hours, we've seen Popey go from being 'lucid' to 'serene' and as I write this, he's losing consciousness! We've had the ins and outs of his urinary tract infection and feeding tubes. Why can't the world press just let him rest and die peacefully rather than this merry-go-round that's occurring. It's not like it's not expected of a man of his age.
Of course, his imminent death brings with it a whole series of strange and ancient rituals. His body will be hit 3 times with a silver hammer to confirm he really is dead. We'll have several days of TV coverage of a chimney smoking, waiting for the smoke to change colour when a new papacy is chosen. Shame we don't get to see the proving of a pope, when someone is elected to shove their hand up his cassocks to prove the chosen really is a man!

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