Saturday, April 23, 2005

Popular not just with the faithful


Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said the Pope's image as a German "panzerkardinal" was unfair. "He is human and he will convince you," he said. "He is both a man of science and of faith. He possesses a great sense of humanity, he loves nature and music."

The same churchman said that Cardinal Ratzinger was a cat lover. "Every time he met a cat, he would talk to it, sometimes for a long time," said Cardinal Bertone. "The cat would follow him. Once about 10 cats followed him into the Vatican and one of the Swiss Guards intervened, saying 'Look, your eminence, the cats are invading the Holy See'."

Having cats around the Vatican would be cool, but I can see where one hopping up on the altar of St. Peter's during a televised Mass would be a little disconcerting. Even so, I'm sure Jesus is a cat lover too.