You can leave your hat on

Cidu Bill on Nov 19th 2014


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23 Responses to “You can leave your hat on”

  1. Mona Nov 19th 2014 at 01:49 am 1

    The retired pope or bishop or whatever had to turn the hat over to the new pope/bishop/whatever, and he misses it, or just doesn’t feel complete without it.
    I like the bunny slippers.

  2. DemetriosX Nov 19th 2014 at 07:20 am 2

    Yeah this is obviously a Benedict and Francis joke. Which is perhaps not so funny, since there’s apparently a movement among some arch-conservative Catholics to not regard Francis as legitimate.

  3. MollyJ Nov 19th 2014 at 08:03 am 3

    Yeah - bunny slippers. Took me a minute. Thought they looked kind of like a pair of Mickey Mouse gloves or something.

  4. Elyrest Nov 19th 2014 at 09:24 am 4

    ” movement among some arch-conservative Catholics to not regard Francis as legitimate”

    Time to start a new church of their own - there are many examples out there already for them to follow.

  5. mitch4 Nov 19th 2014 at 10:40 am 5

    Agree, “this is obviously a Benedict and Francis joke”. But here in Chicago we just in the last couple days have seen a new archbishop installed, with the previous one alive (but ill) and going into retirement.

    The retired archbishop is also a Cardinal, and the new one is not — so he shouldn’t be borrowing that hat.

  6. Daniel J. Drazen Nov 19th 2014 at 10:50 am 6

    This plays like a sitcom: “Benny and the Bishop.” Can two popes share the same apartment without driving each other crazy?

  7. Mark M Nov 19th 2014 at 11:52 am 7

    I don’t know if this was the case with CIDU Bill, but I got that the retired pope does not want to give up the hat. What I didn’t get was the way the new guy’s comment was phrased. He states that his former is wearing the hat “because” he is retired, which makes no sense. It would have worked better with “You’re retired now. Relinquish the hat”.

  8. Mona Nov 19th 2014 at 01:00 pm 8

    “This plays like a sitcom: “Benny and the Bishop.” Can two popes share the same apartment without driving each other crazy?”
    There would be no end to “said the actress to the Bishop” jokes.

  9. Boise Ed Nov 19th 2014 at 02:22 pm 9

    Thanks, Mona. I hadn’t noticed the bunny slippers.

  10. Pinny Nov 19th 2014 at 03:23 pm 10

    Re: #7(Mark M):
    The word balloon is fine. Here is what happened:
    The retired pope gave up his hat when he retired. However he misses being the active pope so he takes back the hat whenever he gets in the mood. The active pope is saying, “Just because you used to be pope (i.e. “you are retired from the papacy”) does not mean that you can just take (what is now) MY hat back whenever you want to.”

  11. billybob Nov 19th 2014 at 08:04 pm 11

    Benedict broke with tradition by favoring a red hat (in fact, there’s a picture of him wearing one hanging on the wall). He had the big hat all to himself and ditched it, but now that somebody else has dibs on it, he can’t leave it alone. Is covetousness a cardinal sin?

  12. pepperjackcandy Nov 19th 2014 at 11:34 pm 12

    So my son and I were in Rome this past July and we went to the Vatican City while we were there. I told my friends when I got back that, even with 200% the usual number of popes, we didn’t see a single one. I did buy a Pope Francis pen, though. It’s on my desk right now.

  13. Cidu Bill Nov 20th 2014 at 12:22 am 13

    You know, you probably could have gotten a Pope Benedict pen at half price.

  14. billybob Nov 20th 2014 at 01:04 am 14

    F&B pen and pencil set. Benedict needs an eraser, since he’s no longer infallible.

  15. Elyrest Nov 20th 2014 at 10:13 am 15

    Thanks for the laugh, billybob! :-)

  16. DemetriosX Nov 20th 2014 at 04:20 pm 16

    I see what you did there @11.

  17. James Pollock Nov 20th 2014 at 05:18 pm 17

    billybob is totally OWNING the Catholic humor.
    (Of course, the chief argument that God has a sense of humor, the duck-billed platypus, is undercut by the fact that the Catholics officially believe that evolution of species is a thing.)

  18. Meryl A Nov 27th 2014 at 03:44 am 18

    Cidu Bill (13) -

    You know that when they stop making something, like Pope Benedict pens as he is no longer Pope, they go up in value.

  19. Meryl A Nov 27th 2014 at 03:48 am 19

    I asked my (Catholic) husband last night this question -

    If a child is old enough to make confession and take communion and they have been bad, if they make confession and atone does that mean they have been good and Santa will bring them presents or are they still bad and lose out?

    He says it doesn’t work that way and they will still not get presents. (This discussion had been brought to mind by the thought of his 12, soon to be 13 year old niece who still believes in Santa as her mom told her that if she doesn’t she does not get any presents.)

  20. James Pollock Nov 27th 2014 at 07:56 am 20

    I suppose it depends on the nature of Santa’s information sources.
    He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows if you’ve been bad or good… He seems to have NSA-level surveillance operating.

    I’m reminded of a funny story.
    When I was about 13 or so, I got up early one morning, hid all of my sister’s Christmas loot, and put charcoal (the only coal I could put my hands on) in her stocking, and went back to bed. The entire house was awakened to her wails of “but I was GOOD!” Even without any forensic evidence implicating me, mom was somehow able to determine that I was the culprit.

    The point is, I didn’t confess and I still got stuff from Santa. His “goodness” meter may have been calibrated differently than the Church’s.

  21. Elyrest Nov 27th 2014 at 10:03 am 21

    Meryl A - Don’t get Santa Claus and the Catholic Church confused. Their rating systems for good and bad are completely different.

  22. James Pollock Nov 27th 2014 at 12:20 pm 22

    Well, it’s also the case that Santa serves not just Catholics, but also Protestants and even some children who aren’t members of any Christian faith.

  23. Meryl A Dec 5th 2014 at 04:11 am 23

    It was just one of those passing thoughts that come to mind when I asked him.

    We do a reenacting event at the candlelight nights at the local restoration village. The village is set late 19th century, but they have a house from a Dutch (originally) family from the 18th century and members of our unit were upset that either the house was not open at these events or there was someone who was dressed 100 years later in the house and we asked for volunteers from the unit to do the house. Many of the members were interested and we have now interpreted the house for a number of years (over a decade) at this event.

    There are wooden shoes and some small toys and oranges out on a table. There also used to be some pieces of coins, but they disappeared some years ago. There is also a stocking, but we take it down as it is not period appropriate. We treat the event as if the people in the house are having a holiday party and all of us and the public are the guests - i.e. we do not pretend to be the owners, but their friends, which lets us differentiate between the Dutch and English colonists and comment on the Dutch things in the house.

    When talking about St. Nicholas Day we do not want to disillusion any children. To explain the difference in gifting for the English colonists I have come up with the idea that since the English children do not put out the shoes and carrots, they do not get a visit, and instead get their gifts from their parents on Boxing Day if they have been good.

    We will be doing this again for the weekend before Christmas and the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve day.

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