Being the Pope of the Roman Catholic church means you’ve got a lot of responsibilities. The global community of the faithful expects a lot of time, attention, and care from the man they view as being their spiritual father.
For most of the men who are made Pope, this goes without saying: If you’re going to take on the highest order of the Catholic church, it means that the time for seeking out thrills and having adventures is over. You’re just too important!
However, making big sacrifices doesn’t mean you can’t still have a little fun from time to time. One pope showed that, while he might be God’s #1 fan, that doesn’t mean he can’t get into some shenanigans…
Just as his driver was finishing loading his luggage into the trunk, the Pope approached the chauffeur and posed a question: “They never let me drive at the Vatican. Do you think I could drive today?”
“I’m sorry but I cannot let you do that. I’d lose my job!” the driver protested. “And what if something should happen?”
“There might be something in it for you,” the Pope replied.
The driver considered it and, with some hesitation, handed over the keys and hopped into the back of the town car. Almost immediately, however, he regretted his decision. The Pope quickly began to accelerate—going so far as to floor it up to 100 miles per hour!
“Oh, Lord, I’m going to lose my license!” the driver wailed.
The Pope continued to speed, faster and faster, until finally a siren blared behind them and they spotted the lights. The cops were behind them! The Pope decided to pull over and roll down the window.
Strangely, before the policeman could reach the window, he stopped, turned around, and headed back to his cruiser.
“Chief,” he said into his radio, “I need to talk to you. I just stopped a car going 105 miles per hour…”
“So bust him!” the chief said.
“I don’t know if that’s smart. This guy is a big deal.”
“Who cares? Bust him!”
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Now the policeman had to explain. “No, like, a really big deal,” he insisted.
“Who did you pull over? The mayor?” asked the chief.
“Bigger,” replied the policeman.
“Well, who is it?” the chief asked, exasperated.
“Well, he’s got the Pope working as his chauffeur… so I think it’s God!”
That is not where we expected that story to go! Then again, maybe this is actually why you never see the Pope driving his own Pope-mobile! Who doesn’t love a good ol’ Pope joke?
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