Monday, March 18, 2013

Life as a Clergy Wife: "We Have a Pope" Movie Night!

So, how did we relax at the end of a week that included the election of Pope Francis? We went to the movies in the cozy confines of my husband's Rumpus Room.

This is what I call the first floor Sanctus Sanctorum in which the big but not-too-big flat screen television is located as well as sermonating resources that include but are not limited to gazillion volumes of Feasting On The Word.

And what, pray tell, did we watch? By unanimous vote, my former Roman Catholic and current Episcopal priest husband and I watched: "We Have a Pope," a 2011 Italian drama-comedy (yes, hold those two concepts in your head simultaneously) about a cardinal who is dismayed to have been elected pope.

Against the background of this week's events, "We Have a Pope" seemed more prophetic and poignant than director Nanni Moretti probably intended.

Here, I'm thinking especially about reports about Pope Francis opting out of the ermine cape and purportedly saying, "You put it on instead. Carnival time is over!" and his comments about the papal apartments being a bit much. In this movie, the expressive face of the reluctant pontiff speaks volumes; no dialogue necessary. We, of course, had lots to say about the movie which staved off my husband's sermon prep for another hour.

Don't we get enough of this stuff? Apparently not.


* Great dowry or what?!?


  1. What does "not too big" mean when describing a flat screen TV? I don't understand this concept.

  2. I watched this movie a couple of weeks ago and loved it. Funny and touching as well as timely. Great acting, too.

  3. Yes, Ed, a staggering concept...for you!

    Margaret: Glad I saw this after the papal election!

  4. Excellent! I expect there is a grain of truth in the feeling of not wanting all that responsibility. Looks like a great movie.

  5. What a great way to spend the evening! I want to see that movie.

  6. What a blessing the Holy Spirit brought the two of you together!

  7. This is perfect! Ah, the church. Just when you've had enough of it you realize you can never get enough. xx

  8. This was one of my favorite Lenten moments. Glad to see it is making the rounds!


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