16 April 2017


A courtier once asked Benedict XIV, Prospero Lambertini, whether he had noticed the large cross being worn suspended from a necklace by a certain well-endowed marchesa.

The enquiry was a cheeky one because the lady was displaying her emerald cross just above a very plunging neckline.

"Yes", replied the Sovereign Pontiff. "And I've also noticed the hill of Calvary upon which it is set up".

1 comment:

Marc in Eugene said...

A happy and peaceful Easter to you and your family!

Your joke caused me to reflect that while I know that we are no longer burdened by an archaic papal court (Paul VI and his successors having ended all that &c) it does seem to me that there are, undeniably, courtiers, both cheeky ones and sinister, aplenty at Rome these days.