Pope Benedict XVI walks during an unveiling ceremony for a new fountain dedicated to him in the Vatican Gardens at the Vatican July 5, 2010
Pope Benedict tells the architect, “Ah so you have not read what I have written about beauty. Authentic beauty, however, unlocks the yearning of the human heart, the profound desire to know, to love, to go towards the Other, to reach for the Beyond. Other than that I like this fountain just fine.”
Update: Apparently the fisheye lens used rather distorts this fountain.
Though still the words beauty don’t come in mind to me.
“I’m sorry; this is not an acceptable baptismal font.”
Anti-mingling swimming pools.
Finally, the Vatican has obtained the one amenity it has been missing, a hot tub that seats fifty.
“The Papal Hot-Tub Time Machine.”
Reminds me of a multiple-choice question on a catechism test I took ages and ages ago… the question was, “What is the Magisterium?” one of the choices was, “the swimming pool at the Pope’s summer residence.”
I truly don’t get it. Not just what some people think passes for “art.” But the whole concept of giving a gift without making the slightest effort to find out what would please the recipient. Is there no oversight? Who thought this was a good idea?
I wonder when the re-veiling is.
Pope Benedict tells the architect, “Ummm… you do /know/ that I’m not Paul VI, right? That I, you know, have a modicum of taste?”
From a more sensible angle the fountain is attractive. What on earth led the photographer to take a picture this way?
Meanwhile, Pope Benedict XXXVI approached the Romulan Senate to open interstellar negotiations for missionary work on the distant planet…
If you follow the youtube link http://www.youtube.com/v/YN51AynE4tM&hl=en_US&fs=1 It is titled “St. Joseph Carried out his mission in silence.” Which I took to also to mean “humility, renouncing one’s self” I’m not sure His Holiness was displeased ? Sorry to be a wet blanket on the caption contest, but this one does not incite me as much as most the fun I find here.
@ Paul in Austin, thanks for the link. The fountain isn’t as unfortunate as it it appeared in the still.