Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Popemobile

This morning as Pope Ratzi was doing a wheel-and-wave through the grounds of St. Peter's Square in his new rockin' ragtop popemobile, someone tried to hitch a ride:

"Security officers wrestled a man to the ground Wednesday after he tried to jump into Pope Benedict's popemobile during his general audience in St. Peter's Square.

The 80-year-old Pope was not hurt and, appearing not to notice the flurry of activity going on behind him, continued to wave to the crowd.

The man, clad in shorts and a red shirt, jumped over the protective barricades lining the route, hurling himself toward the open-topped popemobile."

Sooner or later, everyone takes a run at the pope. It's a papal rite of passage, like altar boys. The real outrage here: shorts and a red shirt... without matching Gucci shoes? It's scandalous.