Sovereign of Vatican City
Kate: Your Holiness, thank you for agreeing to this imaginary interview.
Pope: Actually, I don’t think I—
Kate: Let’s get down to business! First, I just want to tell you that, more than anyone else since Daniel Tiger, you have inspired me to try to be a better person.
Pope: That is wonderful.
Kate: I can’t even remember the last time I bore false witness against my neighbor. Well, I guess it was yesterday. But that was the first time in a while!
Kate: When I read about how you used to sneak out of the Vatican at night to buy food for homeless people, I got all choked up.
Pope: Ah…well, I can’t comment on…
Kate: Part of that was because I was eating peanuts at the time, and I was choking on a peanut. But it was still pretty emotional!
Pope: Oh. OK.
Kate: So, what are your holiday plans? Do you have grandkids coming to visit or something?
Pope: Uh…no. As usual, I’ll be delivering my annual Christmas Day message from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Kate: Can you give us a hint as to what your message will be this year? It’s not going to be all about our callous indifference to human suffering again, is it?
Kate: Because that’s getting kind of old. If you really want to grab headlines, you should talk about the new Star Wars movie.
Kate: You could complain about how it’s derivative of the first Star Wars movie. No one would see it coming!
Kate: Well, it’s something to think about. Anyway, next I was hoping you could clarify something that Catholic doctrine has been kind of unclear on.
Pope: Go ahead.
Kate: Is it a sin to create a website that, let’s say, ranks world leaders in order of attractiveness?
Kate: Oh. Huh. You didn’t even hesitate there, did you? Well, I was just asking for my neighbor. My evil, evil neighbor.
Pope: Hmm. Look at the time! I’m afraid I have to go. I have a canonization to get to.
Kate: Huh. Is that where you turn someone into a cannon?