Generally speaking I’m not very inclined to regard popes in high esteem, especially ones like the current Pope Emeritus (Pope-on-a-Rope) who, besides being partial to snazzy red shoes, put the interest of the institution of the Catholic Church above the need to protect thousands of children from being sexually abused by the priests under his charge.
But the current Pope Francis did make something of an impression on me last Sunday by blessing hundreds of Harley Davidson motorcycles and, presumably, their leather-clad riders. I can only imagine that he has been reading my book, Getting to Heaven on a Harley. Little did I think when I wrote that book that it would be bedside reading for a Pope! (It can be your bedside reading, too. See below on how to grab your free eBook now.)
I guess I should send his Holiness a signed copy. Perhaps then he’ll give me a testimonial to put on the back cover. But what would I write on the inside page? I usually just say ‘blessings,’ and sign my name and date it, but for me to bless the Pope might seem a little presumptuous, don’t you think?
How about ‘When you get to heaven on the Harley, hope your life review goes well.’ Wait, that seems to imply that there might be some doubt about it. Goes against the infallibility thing. Better not go there then.
How about, since the bikers were there to celebrate the manufacturer’s 110th anniversary, and for that received the Pope’s blessing, I should write the words that appear in the current Harley ad which go like this: “Live life on your own terms. More than 30 ways to defy the status quo.”
Hold on, though. That’s hardly church doctrine. Unless he has taken a sharp turn to the left in his theology, he might find that one a bit threatening. Especially since the reason he was there at all was to be ‘the celebrity’ kicking off a two-day rally to reinforce the rather fixed rules about abortion, contraception, euthanasia and other ideas that otherwise might be left to individuals to decide upon. (As far as I know, the bit about priests touching up little boys and girls was not a big part of the rally’s agenda.)
OK, so I give up. I can’t think of anything really appropriate to write in the book for the Pope. So please help me out. What do you think would be appropriate for me, as the author of this extraordinary book that seems to have caught his attention, to write? Nothing too abusive please! And nothing too ecclesiastical. The one thing l like about this Pope is that he seems down to earth and, well, just plain human.
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