“Your’re giving up WHAT for Lent?!!”

From Joe Heller:

An interesting cartoon was published in German on Sunday:

Holy cow! Tomorrow I’ll resign!”


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  1. MisterH says:

    Lent is coming!

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  2. Michelle F says:

    Oh, good! I needed a laugh after this day!

  3. frjim4321 says:


    Thanks for the link.

  4. abasham says:

    At least the Church managed to steal the President’s thunder.

  5. Phillip says:

    It’s been a long and strange day. I chuckled. Thanks, Father.

  6. Stumbler but trying says:

    Ah…it is a good thing to have a sense of humor and after the tears comes a smile. Thanks, Fr. Z. ^^

  7. kat says:

    Both are laugh out loud funny. Thanks Father!

  8. Bea says:

    As Phillip said

    “It’s been a long and strange day.”

    Thanks Fr. Z. We needed that. It lightened the load.

  9. StJude says:

    Nice to smile after a day of shock and tears.

  10. Legisperitus says:

    Whoa! That was a page from a tear-off calendar, published last year! Did the Pope have that on his desk or something?

    The odds against that are like… winning the lottery. Or… getting struck by lightning.

  11. Therese says:

    Still in shock, but now feeling selfish to boot.

    He’s leaving quickly, too quickly for me, in any case. But there’s no reason to tarry, is there? He’d like to get out of the way of the next pope.

    I wonder if we’ll ever see him again. The thought is heartbreaking. (Can anyone imagine Obama quietly “retiring”?)

    Great cartoons, Father.

  12. southIndia says:

    Extremely sad. What glorious 7 years of reign !! Now to loose him!!! Very painful to even think about it. But unable to not think about it. We are losing our Shepherd !!! I am in deep mourning. The loss is just too much. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us and your Vicar Benedict XVI.

  13. Random Friar says:

    I looked it up. “Strohsack” = lit. “straw mattress” or “a donkey’s breakfast.”

  14. aragonjohn7 says:

    Which part of the phrase in the first comic is given up?

    : )

    God bless y’all

  15. Lauren says:

    Thank you Father Z – I needed to good laugh and a smile. The strips are harmless and cute – no disrespect meant or taken. Boy, I’m going to miss him terribly. I feel like he has actually died :(

  16. Lauren says:

    Thank you Father Z –

    I needed to laugh and smile. The strips are harmless and cute – no disrespect meant or taken. Boy, I’m going to miss him terribly. I feel like he has actually died :(

  17. Joan M says:

    Like Lauren, I, too, am feeling bereaved. I fully understand his need to retire – he is about 2 years older than my priest brother, who constantly feels exhausted. I miss him already, and will be looking for every chance to see him (on tv or the internet) for the rest of the month – and longer.

  18. letchitsa1 says:

    Both of the cartoons were hilarious, but I particularly liked the first one.

  19. MAJ Tony says:

    Kuendige, literally “to give notice.”

  20. MAJ Tony says:

    Technicalities, I know, but from what I’ve researched, a resignation noun form would be “Rücktritt” and the verb is zurcktreten.

  21. MAJ Tony says:

    Sorry, that should be “zurücktreten.” Seems I hit cut, instead of copy, when grabbing the “ü”.

  22. Imrahil says:

    “Kündigen”, as used here, is the standard term for to quit (or whatever the usual word in English is) a job.

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