It’s been a funny week for Argentina. On the one hand the Falkland Islands voted 99.8% in favour of remaining a British Overseas Territory, but on the other hand their own Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the first non-European ever to be elected as the head of the Catholic Church.
So we’ll call it a draw.
I admit that despite having been brought up Roman Catholic, I knew surprisingly little about the process of choosing a Pope. But after the knuckle-biting excitement of watching a chimney for two days I feel I know a lot more. And thanks to some genius on CNN I also learned that not only is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (or Pope Francis for short) the first pontiff to be chosen from outside Europe, he is also the first one from Latin America… I mean, what are the chances?
All I have to say is that I hope the US Congress was watching the TV today because man, could they learn a lot from the Vatican. They stuck a bunch of old fat white dudes that are completely disconnected from society in a room for two days, with nothing but an indoor barbeque to feed themselves, and they managed to choose the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion people (although if I’m still called a Catholic having not gone to a (non-Christmas) mass for well over a decade I’d dispute that number).
Congress, take a leaf out of Francis and his buddies’ rule book will you? Isolate yourself in a big room, preferably one with a chimney, and don’t come out until you’ve agreed on what to do to balance the budget. Or agree not to balance the budget. Just make a decision okay- and then tweet us, Pope-style.
I do sincerely wish Pope Francis the very best of luck in what cannot be the easiest position in the World. Although admittedly not as difficult a being one of the three people in the Falkland Islands who voted against British rule.