Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Why from now on I will be making all of my most important blog announcements in Latin*

Sometimes I find myself wanting to write something here, but I worry about what people will think or say, and so I don't, because it just seems easier to avoid controversy. But then other times I think, hey, why are my opinions less valid than anyone else's? What I am trying to say is, if you believe in a guy in the sky whose mouthpiece is an old man in a bulletproof car, and if it offends you when people make light of things that seem ridiculous to them but are Very Serious to you, then you might want to stop reading now. Right...now.

For everyone else who is still with me, the following is my reaction to the constant running news feed of THE POPE! MY GOD, THE POPE! 

I listen to a lot of NPR, and so it's been near impossible to escape even one minute of this Very Important News Story and its eyeroll-inducing gravitas. Case in point:

NPR journalist: "This is an historic event with far-reaching consequences!"


Commentary from man on the street: "I think this is a courageous decision. The Pope has always been courageous and will continue to be courageous for the rest of his life."


Commentary from woman on the street: "I feel abandoned! The Pope is abandoning us!"


NPR reporter: "The Pope first made this announcement to his Cardinals in Latin, many of whom did not immediately understand him."


Yes, there is no better way to insist that you are still totally relevant in 2013 than by saying it in a language that has been dead for thousands of years. 

Now if you'll excuse me, all this eye rolling has given me a headache. Or maybe it's God smiting me. Either way, it's nothing that a little Advil shouldn't be able to handle.

*Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem, bitches


  1. This is the second blog post I've read on ol' Ex Benedict (har. har. har.) today - here's another - made me giggle (and worry) a little.


    Also - those GIFs sent me in to a trance. I'd get trapped by one and think 'right, don't look at the next one' ... and then I'd be trapped again, before I even got a chance to look away.

  2. Well, if you had ever been a student in an actual law school, you would have known that Latin is not dead, it's merely resting. But, as the legal grind would add, "voluntatis non necessitatis." Or, roughly, it's up to you.


  3. Love the GIFS - totally cracked me up! It does seem that people are getting quite excited...but then again, I'm not Catholic so what do I know? I think it is kind of rad that he resigned in Latin - he's keepin' it real!

  4. Yeah, I think you're wonderful. not just because of the clips of amy, tina and H. Granger. not just because of the giant ball balancing on your face. not just because "occupation...oh, who even knows anymore!"

    Just you, in general. Rock on.