As JP2 shuffles off the mortal coil, the hype has started to build. Who will be the next Pope? We have a few ideas…
And they’re off! Paddy Powers have posted their odds for the next man (well, it’s somewhat unlikely to be a woman…) to emerge from the white smoke as the new leader of planet Earth’s 1.1 billion Catholics.
When the white smoke clears, we expect to be confronted by a gay, sub-Saharan African, Guardian reading, tofu eating, condom dispensing, straight-talking pragmatist who will usher in a new era of understanding and frank dialogue with leaders from the Islamic world.
Not, we repeat not some fossilised, European bureaucrat whose idea of progress is to wear shades and whose agenda will involve going out of his way to ensure medieval ignorance surrounding aids, birth control, abortion and homosexuality and whose first Papal act will be to order Dan Brown burnt at the stake. Although, now that you look at it…
However, to save the gaggle of scheming Cardinals from having to decide, we would like to propose our own candidate. That’s right kids: Senator David Norris! We couldn’t get him elected as President of Ireland, but we reckon he’d be a shoe-in for the big Vatican job.
But, never mind that. What do you think? Who would you like to see clad in the big pointy hat and waggling out the window on Sunday mornings?
Answers in a comment below. The most creative answer gets a night in bed with Daev.*
*= this may not be true
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