Seven years ago today I watched Pope Benedict XVI become the 265th Pontiff. I was at work watching the coverage on a small black and white TV set up at my desk. I’m not sure why I didn’t just have it streaming online – there was internet 7 years ago right? Maybe I didn’t know about EWTN or Catholic media since I was still in RCIA. I guess I didn’t have access to top secret Vatican websites only privy to full fledged card carrying Papists or something like that.
Anyway, I followed the coverage for days, much to the annoyance of my co-workers. If memory recalls, I jumped out of my chair and gave the touch down sign followed by an end zone dance when they called Joseph Ratzinger’s name. I’ve been referred to as “that crazy Catholic” ever since. But that’s ok, I like being the token papist.
Where were you when you heard those words, Habemus papem?
Things I am going to do to celebrate: Make a cake and drink German beer, even though I don’t need an excuse for cake. Or beer.