The Vatican was facing criticism last night, following Channel 4’s broadcast of an episode of ‘Celebrity Come Dine With Me’ featuring Pope Frances and his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict. Last night’s edition showed the new Pope and two other contestants, arriving at Ratzinger’s modest 28 bedroomed apartment for a three-course dinner prepared by the ex-pontiff himself.
The controversial decision to invite the broadcaster to make the show, is seen as further evidence of Pope Frances desire to ‘open up’ the Church and dispense with much of the Vatican’s pomp and formality.
Viewers watched Josef or “Ratty” as he informed guest he prefers to be called now, struggle to cook a three-course meal alone. More used to an army of servants to cook for him, Ratty kept his guest waiting for over an hour before the starter but the delay left plenty of time for guests to have a good nose around Ratty’s apartment. Much hilarity ensued when Pope Frances found a signed copy of Richard Dawkins ‘The God Delusion’ on his bedside cabinet, posters of a teenage Cliff Richard on the wall and a novelty “Keep Calm and Carry on Denying” mug.
After the meal and on the way home in their taxi’s, Pope Frances scored Ratty a ‘9’ and commented…
“Ratty made an excellent host, despite some of the catty remarks about my first Mass! Bitch! His starter of Melon balls on a bed of shredded documents was tasteless, but the main course of penis-pasta in a tomato sauce was a revelation! The pasta shapes in my mouth, gave me a strange feeling of Déjá Vu for some reason”
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