My Favorite Benedict XVI Moment

AP Photo
AP Photo

Regular readers know that I’m no fan of Pope Benedict XVI. Still, his ability to be colossally out of touch created many deliciously cringe-inducing awkward moments. I wanted to share with all of you my favorite such moment, from a papal audience in 2010 in which shirtless male acrobats performed for His Holiness.

Remember this? If so, enjoy a refresher. If not, you’re in for a treat:

If that isn’t a psychology dissertation waiting to happen, I don’t know what is. 😉

I’ll end by sharing a photo I snapped of Pope Benedict on November 25, 2009, when Michael and I attended a papal audience in Vatican City at the Paul VI Audience Hall. No, there were no shirtless acrobats present that day. Yes, we were both very sad about that.



  1. Rick Phillips

    …and every one of those acrobats were in Bene’s male prostitute hotel on the Square waiting for an encore performance at the end of his grueling day (and were paid handsomely)!

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