Thursday, April 10, 2008

Attending the Papal Mass?

As you may have heard, the Pope will be in the U.S. next week. He'll celebrate Mass on April 17 in Washington, DC. In anticipation of this event, the local transit system produced a commercial encouraging people to ride the subway.

The Archdiocese protested that the spot was irreverent, and it was pulled. I agree that it's not appropriate. Besides the hat being the wrong color, the depiction fails to show Benedict with a German lager in his hand. On the other hand, when's the last time you saw a commercial in Latin? Check it out:

Here's a short news story on YouTube about the controversy:


  1. so now the people who pulled the ad wont be able to get there. i think it's very creative, however I can see how they may be offended if I too thought someone who walked the earth today was that important. but i don't, so i would have kept it.

  2. I'd like to think Ratzinger, himself, would chuckle if he got a chance to see it.

  3. The Pope is well known for his impish sense of humor. I am sure that he would have liked it. Most Catholics in the blogosphere think the ad was great and that the Archdiocese was overreacting. As one post at Amy Welborn's site ( put it: "I thought it was great. Catholic kitsch is definitely part of our tradition. People need to loosen up."