By Piper Bayard and Kristen Lamb
As a general rule, popes don’t change jobs except by dying. On the rare occasion that they do retire, they tend to be trouble makers, either wanting their old jobs back or exercising their Back Seat Pope’s License. Benedict XVI is the first pontiff to retire in around 600 years, and with this move, the Vatican now has an unusual conundrum on its hands. What to do with a retired pope?
When I ran for US president (see Okay. I’ll Do It. I’ll Run for President), my space saving vice president, Kristen Lamb, and I set out to make our world a more efficient and humorous place. So when we heard that our fellow world leader was about to have too much time on his hands, we brainstormed a few things he can do to keep himself busy and out of the cardinals’ zuccehettos.
Top Ten Ways to Keep a Retired Pontiff Busy
- Co-star in a movie as Steve Carell’s best friend, The 90 Year Old Virgin.
- Translate Latin into Twitter-speak for remote exorcisms.
- Be a Walmart Greeter who can save souls and provide carts that don’t squeak.
- Team up with George Foreman to make a new line of sandwich grills.
- Be a Spokesperson for Clorox on how to keep your whites the whitest.
- Cast devils out of the Jersey Shore crew and the Real Housewives.
- Babysit Bill Clinton.
- Judge contestants on Dancing with the Saints.
- Host the new game shows, Your Soul’s In Jeopardy and Are You Smarter than a Pontiff?
- Test drive the new bulletproof Hoverround.
We make these suggestions with the purest of hearts. If anyone finds them offensive, at least be glad we had the good taste to stop at President and not run for Pope.
What are your clean and respectful suggestions for how the Pope can stay busy in retirement?