Amusing video on “How To Become Pope”

There is a semi-cute video out there which explains in a nutshell “How To Become Pope”.  The video has a flawed premise in that the priesthood, episcopacy, cardinalate, and papacy are described in terms of a career path for those who want to “climb the corporate ladder”, the short video is amusing.   There are also a couple flaws in terminology and procedure which some of you will catch.  But…  beh… it’s amusing.

Who will catch the Monty Python allusions?

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  1. PostCatholic says:

    You’ll find this less amusing than I did, but I hope funny nevertheless:

    [Ummmm NO…. I did not. I removed it.]

  2. Animadversor says:

    Probably a point of view adopted by more clergy than one cares to think about.

  3. mamajen says:

    Monty Python allusions never get old!

  4. bmccoy says:

    I love CPG Grey’s videos. He is entertaining and quite informative. Hopefully whoever is elected won’t have seen his entire vocation as an ambitious gamble to climb to the top, but who knows? Not all popes are saints.

  5. ljc says:

    “Assuming you eventually win the support of your fellow cardinals you have one final thing to do before becoming Pope… pick yourself a new name.”

    Nope, first you have to accept the election.

  6. The Sicilian Woman says:

    This didn’t ring a bell with the little of Monty Python that I know, but it made me laugh anyway.

  7. Animadversor says:

    If I had to choose between a wise and firm confessor and an eminently holy one, I hope I’d choose the former—feeling rather the same thing about popes right now.

  8. OrthodoxChick says:

    66.6% ???????????? Tell me that’s more Monty Python than fact!

    By my math, it comes out to 76.6%, but of course, I required a tutor just to squeak by with a passing grade. Ummmm, which cardinal is only 6% all there? Maybe I shouldn’t ask!

  9. acardnal says:

    I like the music in the background.

  10. Lori Pieper says:

    Father, I can see your video and raise you a much funnier one. In fact, this is hysterical:

    Excellent evidence for why a) the conclave should not be run as if it were The Dating Game and b) the laity (or at least certain laity) shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

    A gentle little satire by our Lutheran friends, with a lot of fellow-feeling for us Catholics.

  11. inexcels says:

    Assuming it was basically accurate, from that video I actually learned some stuff I didn’t know before about how bishops are appointed.

  12. StJude says:

    I learned something! This is my first Pope election since I converted.

  13. Believe it or not, apart from the satirical style, it isn’t too far from the mark, and actually could be educational to someone who knows nothing about the process. Of course, I am partial to anything with Monty Python allusions.

  14. cantrix says:

    What is your name?
    What is your favorite color?
    What… is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
    Hmmmm…An African or European swallow?

    Beware the Bridge of Death! And don’t say ‘NI’ to old women.

  15. Subdeacon Joseph says:

    “The Ladder of Divine Ascent” for Dummies!

  16. mpolo says:

    66.66666% is correct for 2/3. Also Pope Benedict has made the 2/3 necessary even if the election goes over 12 days (Pope John Paul the 2nd had allowed a majority vote at that point.) I believe that if it goes over 12 days, only the two candidates with the highest number of votes become eligible, which could humanly seen leave us in a long stalemate until the Holy Spirit inspires the Cardinals to choose the correct one of these two.

  17. pelerin says:

    Delightful drawings and informative too. Interested to see that although the voiceover is American the Cathedral interior shown is that of Westminster Cathedral in London.

  18. Melody Faith says:

    Another Monty Python allusion-

    There are some who call me…..Tim?!

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