Well, that’s not at all unusual…

Former pope remains in papal attire (with red shoes?) and teaches in Vatican while reigning pope preaches in Vatican.

Benedict lectures in Russicum 3


Benedict lectures in Russicum

 “Peekaboo. Don’t tell anyone I’m here.”

Benedict lectures in Russicum 2

 “In conclusion, meine Damen und Herren–what Francis said.”

alfred e newman rabbit trick

benedict aghast adjusted

Francis: “You tend to the center, old boy, the peripheries NEED me!”

Benedict: “O…kay.”

Where's Waldo Pope Benedict

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Does anyone know more about this?

I’d love to know whether the former pope was in fact TEACHING )ito seminarians in the Collegio Rossicum), and what he was teaching about (hopefully not anything pertaining too closely to faith and morals, if’n y’catch m’drift).

For now, lady and gentleman, I don’t know what this “means”, but I certainly know how it makes me “feeeel”.









Clockwork Orange - brainwashingAmen.


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4 Responses to Well, that’s not at all unusual…

  1. AmoPapam says:

    Young seminarians in cassocks… I wonder why they’d want to meet with Benedict instead of Francis? I’d heard that he met with some former students, quite while ago, and they remarked that he was looking old. But these kids are kind of young to be his former students. I’ll guess that one of his former students brought a group by and asked to visit.

  2. I can’t imagine why you’d be flummoxed, B.C.

    It has always been this way in the Catholic Church; we have always had retired Popes wearing their former attire signifying their authority and if he who abdicated can hang-on for a few more years then we Christian Catholics can see him photographed with retired Pope Francis who’ll likely be resigning when he hits 80.

    Meet the new Popes who, apparently, are going to act just like, Jack Welch, former head honcho of G.E. who, even though retired, is still sought-out for advice.

    This is our new ecclesiastical tradition and I look forward to the day when we will have at least two -hopefully three or four – retired Popes so they can all be photographed together like when our former Presidents gather together for a public photo.

    Seriously, if it is to be this way then I truly would love to see a photo of three or four Popes photographed playing Bocce in the Vatican Gardens. Why the hell not?

    Pope Paul VI created this new ecclesiastical tradition when he decided that when a Cardinal reached 80, then his election wings would be clipped although he could still wear his Gelaro and so now we have a retired Pope, a self-severed head, who still dresses like a Pope.


  3. rubyroad2013 says:

    Amateur Brain Surgeon – At the rate you’re going, you’ll be a pro in no time.

  4. Murray (mgl) says:

    I think those might be the handmade brown shoes he was given on a trip to Mexico. Doesn’t look like they’re the red ones, which I think were much brighter.

    Weird as it certainly is, it’s always good to see Papa Benedict. Is that his brother Msgr. Georg in the background?

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