You have to hand it to the Pope. He knows how to adapt. Now he’s doing stand-up in small, hip clubs where people get his deadpan delivery.
Here’s a guy we accused of having no sense of humour, and in fairness to all of us, he played it dead straight for 83 years, so you could hardly blame us for assuming old Ratzo was a straight-man. But no.
We were wrong.
What’s not to like about this guy? Ratzo warns that internet carries a risk of control and conformity of thought.
Isn’t it great? Performers a quarter of this man’s age haven’t got the timing or the cojones to deliver a line like that, but of course they aren’t all the supreme leader of the Catholic church, so I suppose you have to cut them a little slack.
A risk of control and conformity of thought, says the Supreme Pontiff, without blinking.
He also warns about the internet promoting moral relativism, but I don’t know what that is. I think it might be the same thing as saying it was ok for priests to be buggering children in the sixties because we didn’t know it was wrong but we’re better now and let’s forget all about that shit because that was then and this is now.
That’s relativism, I think, and it’s always wrong, except when a bishop says it.
Isn’t it marvellous the way a new comic great emerges just when you think it’s all over?
Who’d have thought that comic genius would turn out to be the Pope?