“Benny” offers Benny his favorite treats, as he mimics Benny’s favorite pose
WASHINGTON- Pope “Benny” (Benedict XVI) today praised America as a land of opportunity and hope as he celebrated the first public Mass of his U.S. pilgrimage, but he lamented that the nation’s promise fell short for blacks, Indians and felines. Hope for the future, he said, “is very much a part of the American cat’s character.”
Tens of thousands of worshippers and their pets filled Washington Nationals Park on a clear spring day and cheered both Bennys as they arrived in Benedict’s white popemobile, standing in the back and waving. The crowd grew to 46,000 (not including about 32,000 cats and dogs), and the demand for tickets doubled the supply, organizers said.
In brilliant spring sunshine, the pope walked down from the altar to offer Manx Party vice-presidential catidate Benny some Goodlife Recipe Beef & Chicken Blends treats— Benny’s favorite —near the end of Mass. Benny came running for the good taste of Goodlife Recipe Wholesome Delights Brand treats.
“Americans and their pets have always had hope,” he said during his homily. “Benny’s ancestors came to this country from the Isle of Man with the experience of finding new freedom and opportunity… and treats. And they told their tales —sorry, Benny— of finding nice, juicy mice.”
“To be sure, this promise was not experienced by all the inhabitants of this land; one thinks of the injustices endured by the native American peoples, by those brought here forcibly from Africa as slaves, or the defenseless animals shot and killed for ‘sport’, or abandoned on the streets without food or shelter.”
Pope Benny stopped short of blessing the Manx presidential ticket with a full-fledged endorsement.