The Pope is a Bad Ass

Pope Benedict XVI


Whether or not you appreciate the catholic religion, you have to admit that despite all of the controversy, the pope is one of the coolest religious figures in the world.

The simple fact that Pope Benedict XVI was man enough to admit that his age, and failing health would get in the way of his “job” is a radical move in its own right. The last pope to step down was Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the only reason he even considered stepping down was just an effort to end what is called, the “Great Schism” where two men were claiming the papal throne.

In 1941, Josef Ratzinger, 14, and his brother, Georg, were enrolled in the Hitler Youth when it became mandatory for all boys. Soon after, he was let out because of his intention to study for the priesthood. At the age of 16, Ratzinger was drafted into the German army. In 1945 during World War II and at the age of 18, Josef deserted from the German army and was a U.S. prisoner of war… They took him to a camp near Ulm, Germany where he wound up living under the open air for several weeks, surrounded by barbed wire.

The pope also happens to have his pilot’s license for the papal helicopter and liked to fly from the vatican to the papal summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, but the pope does not have a driver’s license as he has never learned to drive a car… Bad ass right…

Weideneder Brau Vertriebs GmbH (?), a family owned brewery in nearby Tann, Germany, has created a special brew called Pabstbier/Pope Beer. The label reads, “Dedicated to the great son of our homeland, Pope Benedict XVI.” Bad ass right, What do you think Jesus would do?

Pope Benedict XVI is fluent in German, English, Italian, French and Spanish and has knowledge of Portuguese. Naturally, he can also speak classical Latin… Again… Totally Bad Ass…

The Pope is also a relatively computer savvy individual, being the first Pope to have a Twitter account, and sending the first Papal tweet. The man also has six email addresses, each one beginning with the name Benedict… He is even the first Pope to own an iPod…

And Finally, if this doesn’t say bad ass… I don’t know what does… The Holy Father loves cats and has two of his own… One was a stray which he found in Rome!..

Now, I’m not a religious person by any scale, but you have to admit that the Pope is one bad ass man. He is multilingual, a pilot, a P.O.W. and a beer namesake just to name a few. I guess what I am trying to say, is do your own research when it comes to religions, don’t let anyone else choose your spirituality… Your soul is not for sale…It is important to explore all religions… Take what will help you and what interests you… Absorb and digest it… And expel the waste…

He was the Pope, and he’s still a man…

find what works for you – chriscondello

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5 thoughts on “The Pope is a Bad Ass

  1. SimplySage says:

    Thanks for giving credence to this unique character of modern history. He is a man so he is imperfect but the pope is an influence very few are—a force of moral good. Benedict has been impressive with his intellect and tech savvy. I really enjoyed this article. I think he would, too.


  2. Allison says:

    Nice. I do give him a lot of credit for retiring.


  3. jyharts says:

    And you think to much! But it’s fun to read.


  4. tony Condello says:

    you are a bad ass


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