"Two or Three" Book Club, Meeting 38
Apparently, I never know what I've got until it's gone. Last year, it was Westlife; this year, it's Pope Benedict XVI.
With the exception of the encyclical Deus Caritas Est, I didn't bother to read anything the current Holy Father had written during the seven years of his papacy, for a lot of reasons that I now see were as silly as they were punkish. So with exactly four days left before his resignation becomes final and his ring is destroyed, I announce that the next book club pick will be . . .
Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection
Surprised? Well, I did say I wanted the next "Two or Three" Book Club pick to be one not originally written in English. =P But I had no idea, either, one month ago, how that random wish would be granted.
Just when I thought this blog couldn't be more unpopular . . . ;-)
PS -- The original plan, hatched last St. Valentine's Day, was a tournament bracket. A Pontiffs Named Benedict Smackdown!!! =D I mean, there are sixteen of them, right?! But although I'm usually happy to start a smackdown knowing nothing and ending it finally competent enough to begin, I had to admit that 2100 years of papal history are a lot more than even my sizeable werepunk jaws are able to chew. So you'll all have to put up with a readalong instead.
PPS -- Not that I gave up without a fight or anything. I tried other themes: Pontiffs of Modern Times . . . Pontiffs Named Gregory . . . Most Common Papal Names . . . even one weird one I had no name for that would have let me do Pius IX vs. Pius XII and Alexander VI vs. John XXII (Lycancath howl of doom!!!), among others. But as you can see, that I wrote such a sentence is an argument against even trying!
Image Source: Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week by Pope Benedict XVI