And after the Feats of Strength and the Airing of Grievances

…comes the Pushing of Popes:

A shaken Pope Benedict has celebrated Christmas Eve Mass in St Peter’s Basilica shortly after being knocked over by a female spectator.

The woman, said to be mentally unstable, managed to grab him by his vestments near the neck as a security guard tried to overwhelm her.

The Vatican said she had also tried to jump at the Pope last year.

The woman apparently managed to do a little damage  — one of the cardinals fell and broke his hip, which is fairly serious business for anyone, but especially someone with 87 years under his belt.  The Vatican has Socialized Health Care, and you know what that means.

EXTRA: CNN seems to have caught right on to the spirit of this new seasonal tradition:

(via Wonkette)

15 Responses to “And after the Feats of Strength and the Airing of Grievances”


  1. 1 deBeauxOs Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks for blogging about this, JJ.

    I was waiting for inspiration, and you provided it.

  2. 2 Bruce Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    This happened after I read that the popenfuhrer decided to hold midnight mass at 10 because the old fart didn’t want to stay up that late. heh

  3. 3 Dr.Dawg Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    managed to grab him by his vestments

    OUCH!!!!

  4. 4 JJ Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    deBeauxOs – It’s a couple of days old but I couldn’t resist, especially when I saw that CNN headline that seems to say “The Pope’s been toppled, it’s time to party!”

  5. 5 JJ Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Bruce – Or maybe he just thought, “Oh well, it’s midnight somewhere!”

  6. 6 JJ Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Dr.Dawg – 😆 Remember when cops used to be called “the fuzz”? There was an old joke, “Have you ever been picked up by the fuzz? Did it hurt??”

  7. 7 Reality Bites Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    OK, it looks like everyone’s afraid to ask the the obvious question.

    Where was Suzie All-Caps yesterday?

  8. 8 Bruce Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    RB, the answer could be: getting an abortion.

    Oh, did I say that out loud?

  9. 9 Rev.paperboy Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 3:06 am

    Best. Headline screwup. Ever.

  10. 10 J. A. Baker Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 8:20 am

    the Pushing of Popes

    Funny you should mention that, JJ. I’ve been playing a certain locally-produced pen-and-paper RPG with a group of friends. Our campaign is set in a sort of modern-day NYC (with slight changes – 9/11 was just another Tuesday in our setting) with low-powered superheroes. Think Mystery Men with a dash of Watchmen. I was playing as one of the characters our GM had pre-generated named American Guy (basically, the redneck version of Captain America). In our most recent session, we were up against a villain calling himself…wait for it… The Electro-Pope!

    Let’s just say that we engaged in some Pushing of Popes ourselves. 😆

  11. 11 JJ Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    RB – Hahahaa, nope it wasn’t her. She wouldn’t be so bold as to grab him by the vestments 😯

  12. 12 JJ Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Rev. – Someone at CNN made a funny 😉

  13. 13 JJ Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    JAB – That’s good. Obviously pope-pushing is catching on as a Festivus tradition, so it’s good to train up for it (just like the feats of strength).

    Actually, the way that chick leaped over the barrier and ran at the pope was a feat of strength worthy of being a track and field event.

  14. 14 Cornelius T.Zen Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    What, she was pissed because he had on a nicer dress than she did? Seriously, lady, save the drama fo’ yo’ mama!
    Pawn to King’s bishop four – CTZen

  15. 15 deBeauxOs Monday, December 28, 2009 at 10:27 am

    JJ, sadly for female olympic athletes, the “Barrier Vaulting and Pope Toppling” event is unlikely to be accepted by the IOC.


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