Would we have coffee with soon-to-be-former Pope Benedict?
Cammy: In light of today’s shocker news that Pope Benedict is planning to retire via some means other than the grave, it seems like we ought to address whether we’d have coffee with the guy….and I’m gonna go with no, myself. While I would totally love to ask about what really brought on this retirement thing (is he really doing it because he feels he can’t be the best Pope he can be? Multiple centuries and he’s the first one to think that? Really?), I doubt we’d get a straight answer. And, to be honest, he always kinda creeped me out a little. Pope John Paul was all warm and fuzzy and Polish-grandpa-esque. Benedict? Well, I go back to what my German Catholic friends said when he was first elected , “Ach! Ratzi der Nazi!” Also, being so painfully Lutheran with no close Catholic influences in my life, I’m pretty sure I lack the proper deference. So unless Kristy’s feeling up to quizzing him….
Kristy: Yeah, it’s a no for me as well. Yeah, there’s lots of interesting stuff he could tell us, but I’m not convinced he would. I’m with Cammy on the creep factor, and it would be kind of hard to not ask things like, “So… how do you feel about the fact that your papacy will be primarily remembered for the whole child molestation thing?” I have lots of influential Catholics in my life, and it would be really hard for me to be disrespectful to him, but I think it would also be really hard for me to enjoy coffee with him.