Hey Pope! Take Note!

Pope Francis will be visiting the Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia areas in just a few days. Holy shit! He’s going to be here tomorrow!   It’s really exciting.  It’s also too bad that I didn’t get a special invitation to talk with him before his trip.  There are a few things I want to warn him about while he’s here.

Pope Francis

Francis, you are the cutest Pope ever! And you are just so adorably humble–but I need to clue you in on a few things….

I mean, really, the Pope still stands by Catholic Dogma, which is only fair because he is the leader of the Catholic Church.  But, Francis is the most socially progressive Catholic leader we’ve ever had.

For one thing, Francis isn’t a fan of American Capitalism. We know what that means. He’s not a Republican!

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks at a news conference as House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens as the debt crisis goes unresolved on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, July 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

(AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

Can you just imagine if Pope Francis was American? These two would be bitchin’ and whinin’ about having to pay his Social Security benefits and health care. I sure hope they aren’t planning to “take care” of Francis in any other way!!!

I wanna bake cookies for the Pope and tell him every stinking sin and naughty act I’ve ever committed in my 60 years on earth. Ain’t gonna happen because he would need an extra week just to hear about my “sinful” and “evil” doings! Actually, that’s probably one of the reasons I couldn’t get a ticket to attend a Pope Mass. *sigh* I guess I’ll just have to wait till Christ-Mass to get my Catholic on!


This confessional would need plumbing and beds if I were to confess my naughty acts!

Seriously though, I love our Pope. He walks the walk of what a true “Christian” should be. I mean, he doesn’t even wear the red Papal shoes. He thinks they are too extravagant.

Pope Benedict XVI's red shoes are seen in 2010 as he arrives at Edinburgh Airport in Scotland. Pope Benedict will leave behind his emblematic red shoes after ending his papacy Feb. 28. A Vatican official said he will wear brown shoes, beginning with loafers he was given as a gift last March during a visit to Leon, Mexico. (CNS photo/Derek Blair, Reuters) (Feb. 26, 2013) See BENEDICT-AFTER Feb. 26, 2013.

(CNS photo/Derek Blair, Reuters) (Feb. 26, 2013) Feb. 26, 2013.

Pope Benedict was a true fashionista of the Vatican, but Francis wants nothing to do with this extravagant footwear.  

My friend Satan must be rolling in the hot coals over that one. Why I’ll bet he  is just itching to get his hot feet squeezed into those little boats of luxurious Italian leather!

I raise my cup, chalice, wine glass to you, Francis, and give you these tips and warnings so that you can better enjoy your trip to the North East of our  United States of America!

  • First, you need to apologize to the people in the cities that you are visiting who own cars. Oh. I know full-well that it isn’t your fault. But, in this instance, you need to be the whipping post of the local politicians who are using you as a scapegoat to make a ton of money off of ticketing and towing cars that are parked on the street.  The vicious politicians started this “no parking” procedure over a week ago and are raking in those capitalist bucks that you are so against. Honestly, Francis, if you apologize and take the blame, you will not only become a bigger hero, but there is a good chance that even the most anti-religious, anti-Catholic just could convert.

Pope+Parking+No+Parking+Sign Philly

Mayor Nutter USED you as an excuse to collect funds for Philly a week before your visit. That is such a sin!


Look!  Discourse was running rampant over the anxiety caused!  

  • Watch out when you are in DC. Those republicans and conservatives are “fake” Christians. Actually, many of them don’t even like you because you have empathy for so many people—the homeless, the gay community,  transgenders, women who have had abortions, people who are divorced. It especially drives them nuts since you said that atheists can be good people! You, my dear Francis (can I call you that?), realize that we are all sinners and none of us is perfect.  These bozos think that they are perfect and they are trying to make Jesus work overtime by bringing Him into their mess! Please, I’m begging you, if any of those extreme Tea Party righties offer you a cup of tea, don’t drink it! They will try to poison you.


This bunch thinks they are closer to God than the Pope is . I think they smoke dope!

  • If you get hungry for a snack while on the road, go to a Dunkin’ Donuts rather than Krispy Kreme. Krispy Kreme is out of stock.  The company hosted “Pirate Day” recently. Anyone who dressed like a pirate received a dozen free Krispy Kreme donuts.  Well, Francis, let me tell you—The Duggar Family, who actually hate and despise Catholics, had 14 family members dress up in pirate costume so they could claim 14 dozen donuts.  From adults to infancy, they all dressed up.  These are people who refuse to dress up for Halloween because they feel it is paganistic, but yet, they will dress up as a band of raping and pillaging pirates to lay claim to 14 dozen free donuts.  Francis—aren’t they committing the deadly sins of gluttony and greed?


I’m sorry but there is just something so wrong with adults dressing up as pirates to get free donuts.  Hey Duggars. If you want free food, why not become a Catholic? Then you can go to Communion and receive gluten-free hosts every Sunday!

  • Oh. And I think you need to know. This family also travels to El Salvador to convert Roman Catholics over to their funda-mental form of fake Christianity.  Trust me, I’m sure the Duggar family squeezed into their *cough* “used” RV and traveled to many more than one Krispy Kreme shop to pillage more donuts.  I’m sure there are no more Krispy Kreme’s to be found. Stick with Dunkin’ Donuts. Besides. You can get the little Munchkins and flatten them out to look like Communion Hosts—just in case you run out when you are saying Mass!


If you get hungry on the road, just stop at a Dunkin’ Donuts and grab a box of Munchkins instead.  Thank God Dunkin’ didn’t have Pirate Day!

  • I think you are ok with non-Christians. They are more tolerant than you think. It’s the evangelicals that you need to watch out for. They believe that Catholics aren’t Christians. Can you process this at all? I mean, you, the Pope, according to the bible-bangin’ fundies, are not Christian! Do me a favor and watch your back!
  • Can I do you a kindness and offer you some instruction when driving on the Jersey Turnpike in transit to DC, New York, and Philly? Watch out for Virginia plates. Hands down. Virginia drivers are the worst.  They love to drive s-l-o-w while in the left-hand lane. They don’t care if you need to hurry to the stadium for Mass—they will just keep practically idling down the Turnpike.  Oh. And beware of Maryland plates too. Bonaparte and I were almost killed twice in one week by Maryland drivers who shot out of nowhere and cut us off.  As slow as the Virginia drivers are, the Maryland drivers are arrogant and aggressive. I will definitely be spending a few hours confessing the plethora of words that begin with the letter “f” and end with the letter “k” every time I pass a car with Maryland Plates.

va plates


Please print these plates out and use as reference. You do NOT want to be anywhere NEAR cars that adorn either Virginia or Maryland Plates or you will be entering the Gates of Heaven rather than the City of Brotherly Love sooner than you want to.

  •  You really need to watch out for any car that is going incredibly slow in the center or right-hand lanes too.  Really slow with no Virginia plates means that some self-important nincompoop is yapping on the phone. Yeah. On the Turnpike.   Have you any idea what it is like to be motoring at 80 MPH when you approach a car that is going 40MPH on the pike?  Trust me, I know you are heavenly and are super-close with God, but I don’t think you want to hang with him any time soon.  Please take note of any car that is going slowly and drifting from lane to lane at the same time.  These road multi-taskers are texting.  They are putting everyone on the road at danger but they know they won’t get in trouble because the State Troopers only go after any driver who is speeding.  Don’t forget to hang the rosaries from your rear-view mirror. You’ll need them.

Texting While Driving 1

It’s gonna be tough–not only are the texters gonna text, but when they get a load of YOUR Pope Mobile, they’ll be taking pictures and selfies all along the Jersey Turnpike. Get your rosary beads out now!

Todd Kimmell and Norwegian Artist Fred Lammers Pope pic

Actually, I think you will be better off just letting Matt O’Donnell from ABC News just row you up (or is it down) the Schuylkill River.  Isn’t this picture cute? It’s the artwork of Todd Kimmell and Norwegian Artist Fred Lammers.  Tour de Francis. I love it! Don’t you??

  • Please put that pexi-glass covering on your Pope Mobile. I realize that you are the people’s Pope and you like to engage, but please. This is America.  And lots of white-trash, hillbilly inbred, red necks have guns.  Lots of people who are emotionally unstable (which is one reason that I will never, ever want to own a gun) and lots of people with criminal records also own guns.  It’s not only how they go shopping for their dinner, but it’s also how they take care of those who don’t agree with them.  Just sayin’.  This isn’t Europe where people don’t really care about guns. Put the damn top on the Pope Mobile!


Pope Francis.  You can get away with no pexi-glass in the Vatican and in Europe. But American is gun-country my man! I don’t want anything bad to happen to you. Put the top on!!! Wow! You ARE humble! You aren’t even driving a Mercedes!

  • Enjoy. In spite of the sicko fundamentalists, despite the Republicans and conservative righties, and disregarding those who love to bash Catholics, have a great time. A number of Atheists think you are a cool guy. I know Jews who adore you.  You are responsible for bringing a number of lapsed Catholics back to the flock.   You are a ray of light in our world filled with bigotry and hatred and for that, I love you and just want you to have a safe trip!

So wolf down a Philly cheese steak.

Cheese steak

Hint. Go to Geno’s. 

When in New York, stop at a cart and savor a Sabrett Hot Dog that has been floating in dirty water for a few hours—they are the best!

sabrett hot dog cart

And when you order one of these delightful dirty-water dogs, don’t forget to slather it in lots of mustard and sauerkraut.  Best. Dogs. Ever!!!! Get a pretzel for dessert!


And realize, that most of the people you will meet here are good and decent people. They work hard and have hope for a better world.  Most of us are on your side, buddyroo!

Francis. You will thank me later for this advice!

Today’s song is was written by a Philly boy. Eric Bazilian of The Hooters. Joan Osborne sings “One of Us’. Very appropriate for the visit of Pope Francis. XOXOXOXO!!!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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42 Responses to Hey Pope! Take Note!

  1. Tejaswi says:

    Hahaha… only you could have used Pope and Holy Shit!! in the same line hahaha…
    But you are right.. this is the best Pope ever… and I am not even Christian, forget being catholic..
    (Are you sure you are not turning socialist? living with a Frenchman and all that.. you know, that is just not done… A communist awaits to whisk you away hehehe.. )
    Being a godless heathen, I can empathize with this post.. but are you sure you don’t need Plexi-glass either?
    Take care, Cath… je t’aime bien (as someone recently corrected me when it was a word short hahaha)…

  2. spearfruit says:

    I just forwarded this to the pope – him and I are pals! 🙂

  3. Entertaining as always!

  4. Sherri says:

    This is perfect night before Yom Kippur reading, Catherine! I love Pope Francis. And you’re not wrong about Maryland drivers, as MD is the state where no one uses turn signals. It gets worse here every year, even for a former Jersey girl who misses jug handle lefts.

    • Catherine says:

      Sherri, G’mar Chatima Tova on this Yom Kippur to you and your family. Francis is really a truly good person. I think we all need to strive to be a bit like him. He’s not a Catholic snob either–that’s what makes him cool! And about those MD plates–right? I used to live in Jersey and loved those jug handles along Route 1! XOXOXOXO!!

  5. Jean says:

    All hilarious. And the Duggars? Really? They did? Hahahahahaha

  6. Gillian says:

    mmmmm Donuts! Very funny Catherine as usual.

  7. amommasview says:

    Love it 🙂

  8. jabrush1213 says:

    Everything you said about the Pope is true. He is a breath of fresh air to the Catholic church who has great faith and a love for people.

    • Catherine says:

      IKR???? It’s his love for people that scares me though. Lunatics abound–especially the religious freaks who may want to harm this man. I actually said a prayer for him this morning. The walls to my home shook–but I don’t care. He needs them! XOXOXOXO!!!

  9. Lol! Here in South Jersey, we’re getting warned to prepare for the Pope’s visit like it was a snowstorm! Stock up on milk, eggs, and bread everyone! 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Hahaha! That reminds me, Philly is going to be a zoo. Time for me to head to Wegman’s for eggs and milk…bread–I’m doing low-carb. I’ll just get chocolate instead! XOXOXO!

  10. Gina Blue says:

    Awesome…awesome…awesome…I’m not Catholic but am excited about the Pope’s visit. My bro (recently confirmed in the Catholic faith) and his girl have given me the lowdown (just like you did) on expected backlash. Now…we just sit back and watch…PS I’m not big on politics; however, when the political scene is presented with your gift of gab/writing style, I’m glued to the page!


    • Catherine says:

      HI Gina. Oh…I know there’s a TON of backlash on the Pope’s visit. One woman who was interviewed on the news was bitchin’ to the point where I was actually floored that she was televised! He’s a cool Pope and far more realistic than any religious leader–that’s why I think the idiots in Congress and the righties in politics cannot stand him. ….XOXOXOXO!!!

  11. calensariel says:

    LOVED IT! Not Catholic, but I adore Francis! Right now we are sitting two metro stops away from where’s he’s going to be speaking at Catholic University of America from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Our Son-in-law got his Masters Degree there. Things are already starting to close down here. We’ll be on our way to Baltimore to leave while he’s speaking. Hope that means all the traffic will be headed THIS WAY!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Cheryl. You HAVE to let me know how traffic was after you left! I remember seeing the Pope in NYC in 1979–and it was so cool to be up front and personal (Pope John Paul. But to see Francis is even more amazing! Glad you enjoyed the post! XOXOXO!!

  12. rosemawrites says:

    Your wit and hilarity is just… indescribable! Thank you!

  13. Little Voice says:

    Wonderful and so apropos.

  14. BunKaryudo says:

    Yes, I agree with you about the Pope. I said this to somebody recently, apologies if it was you Catherine, but I liked this pontiff right from first hearing his choice of his name. Francis of Assisi — what a great saint to model oneself after, and how telling that after all these many centuries he was still Francis I.

    I REALLY want him to roll up his windows, though.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Bun. Yes. And I love his name because that’s my son Roman’s middle name–Francis!It’s actually one of those old-school names that you don’t hear too much anymore maybe it’ll gain in popularity again. XOXOXOXO!!!

      • BunKaryudo says:

        It might. If I had a newborn child around in need of a name, I might do a lot worse than Francis. Names go out and then come back into fashion later, don’t they? (I admit Aethelbert and Aethelbald are taking quite a long time to stage a comeback, though.)

      • Catherine says:

        Lol. Bun. I am the lover of names that will never be on keychains. My kids are Jake, Roman, and Oona. And I love and adore their names so much! XOXOXOXO!!!

  15. Thanks to the Pope for visiting DC, VA and MD…I got 2 days of “Work from Home”! You see his visit meant blocking the road i take to work everyday! Haha…Coouldnt thank the Pope more visiting! 😀
    Love your post, as usual, it has everything I needed! 😉

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Rashmi,
      Oh there are a lot of people who are thrilled about the Pope’s visit because of the “work at home” gift! Lots of companies here in the Philly area have people working from home tomorrow and Friday! Have a wonderful and relaxing two days home!! Glad you enjoyed the post! XOXOXOXO!!

  16. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It made me laugh 😄

  17. I really love this Pope as well! This was a very entertaining post as always. 😀

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