Ghost Write the Pope, for a Day!

This is strange and wonderful:

Have you ever dreamed of writing one of the Pope’s speeches? If you’re a fan of Vatican Insider, you might have thought once or twice, “I would have said this,” or “I would have said that.”

Now, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation is giving everyone a chance to step into the shoes of the papal ghostwriter and write a speech for Benedict XVI to give to the German Parliament during his visit to Germany next September.

Joseph Ratzinger’s country of birth is already abuzz about his upcoming visit, and Katja Plate, director of the Foundation’s Rome office, believes this is a great opportunity to “earnestly prepare” for the visit.

As she explained to Vatican Radio, “when a loved one comes to visit, we normally prepare for their visit. We started this contest as a kind of intellectual preparation.”

The challenge to become the Pope’s ghost writer for a day is aimed mainly at the theological faculty of German universities, but anyone may present ideas or proposals. However, the organizers warn, only submissions that are in line with the theology, form, and content of the Pope’s thought will be evaluated.

Also, you have to be able to write in German!

Once more, I find myself wishing I were Liz Lemon!

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  • jkm

    I had occasion to ghostwrite for Blessed John Paul II in years past, and did not appreciate it at the time nearly as much as I should have. And why did I have to waste 7 years on Spanish? Like anybody’s gonna elect a Spaniard pope in my (or anyone else’s) lifetime!

  • Annie

    It is strange…and unlikely. I am not sure that Alessandro Speciale from Vatican Insider has the story right. He makes it sound as if the contest winner will actually assist the pope in writing his speech. Really?

    From the Reuter’s article:

    “Benedict is not about to let outsiders write the landmark speech he will deliver to the German Bundestag in Berlin during his visit to his homeland on September 22-25. But the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), a think-tank affiliated with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), wants to test out this idea before he leaves Rome for the visit.”

    It’s a clever idea though.

  • Mary De Voe

    Ghost writing for the Pope is a wonderful exercise in thinking. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that group of which Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was head and is now headed by William Cardinal Levada of the USA is light and hope as well as a captive audience for the good. Everything is read by priest secretaries and considered. So, know that any guidance by the Holy Spirit will be acknowledged and ultimately end up in the Pope’s mind.


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