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April 23, 2008


I suppose that like any supermodel who spends a huge amount on maintaining their looks and wardrobe, the pope has an image to maintain of the might and magnificence of the church to a worldwide audience of Catholics. The clothes do make the man, in this case, perhaps even more than doctrine does.

A little off-topic, did you know that the pope is a cat lover? He is most definitely not a rat in his former life, even if he is a Ratzinger in this one. (Mea culpa, I know the Catholic church had given up the Gnostic view of the gospels and reincarnation eons ago, but I couldn't resist this little zinger of a pun.)

Ratzinger = zinger of rats = cat

No, Benedict was definitely not a rat in his last life and is aptly named in this one.

Thanks for bringing this interesting piece of papal trivia to my attention. I didn't know this. I will from now on judge the pope's outmoded ideas less harshly. Anyone who prepares food for homeless cats gets miles of rope from me.

Let me tell you a "cat-pope" story of my own. My cat Ali doesn't watch much TV when news shows or movies are on. The only time he gets perked up is when a nature show or images of animals, particularly birds, appear on the screen. Last weekend my husband had C-Span on in the morning where among other things, an hour long interfaith meeting of Pope Benedict with other religious leaders was on. Ali left his snoozing perch on the sofa and parked himself before the TV and watched the slow moving humans droning for nearly thirty minutes - very unusual for him. He was mesmerized. I wondered aloud as to what had attracted him to this particularly boring broadcast. Do you think he recognized a cat lover in the pope or was it all those "cardinals" scurrying around?

It may have very well been the pope, as per the anecdotes at the link. Your Ali is perceptive indeed!

Perhaps Ali, like Smart's Jeoffry, "is the servant of the Living God duly and daily serving him."

Oh my god, Dean, this is so beautiful! Cat quotes by a mad man - all of them true. Of course, they apply to my Ali and to all the cats that have crossed my path.

My favorites:

19. For having consider'd God and himself he will consider his neighbour.
42. For he is a mixture of gravity and waggery.
and like the author of the post,
70. For, tho he cannot fly, he is an excellent clamberer.

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