There’s an old and slightly antisemitic joke that goes: “What’s a Jewish dilemma?” The answer is “free ham.” (I’m allowed to tell this because I’m a cultural Jew.)
But here’s an even bigger dilemma for me:
The Pope likes cats.
As the BBC News reports in “Benedict XVI: 10 things about the Pope’s retirement” (my emphasis):
6. Life in retirement Announcing his resignation, the Pope said he would spend his time praying for the Church. His elder brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, has also said Benedict would be happy to advise his successor, if required. Writing and studying also seems likely to be on the agenda – Benedict had a library of 200,000 books installed in the papal apartments when he was elected in 2005. He also enjoys playing the piano and watching old black-and-white comedies – and he loves cats. At least one, Contessina, is known to live at Mater Ecclesiae [the monastery inside the Vatican where Ratzi will live].
Here she is:
The article gives other fascinating details, like his title in retirement (“Pope Emeritus”; I am not kidding) and his retirement package (not much, but he’s free from prosecution!).
Addendum: The Pope likes all cats, but not all cats like the Pope:
h/t: Aaron, Sigmund