Benedictions: The Pope in America

Benedictions: The Pope in America


The Great Vatican Smokeout?

posted by David Gibson

Interest groups are cranking up campaigns to take advantage of the publicity attending Benedict’s visit, and among them is one of the more novel approaches I’ve seen: According to a CNS story, Physicians and Nurses Against Tobacco, a U.S.-based group, is launching an on-line petition asking the pontiff to make the 108-acre Vatican the world’s first tobacco-free state.
New York eateries are one thing. Even Dublin has banned smoking in pubs. But the Vatican? Seems next to impossible. Not only do Italians smoke like chimneys, but Vatican employees–lay and clerical–seem especially addicted to nicotine.
Yet Benedict is a decidedly abstemious fellow, so who knows. The Vatican did ban smoking inside all buildings in 2002, well after my time there. But that led to a rather dodgy situation during the 2005 conclave, when the cardinal from Portugal, Jose da Cruz Policarpo, was spotted sneaking out of the supposedly secure residence at night to light up a cigar. No one complained then, or the next evening when white puffs (gray, actually) came wafting out of the Sistine Chapel smokestack announcing Joseph Ratzinger’s election…It was better than the first ballot, when the cardinals tried to burn the ballots but wound up filling the precious frescoed chapel with smoke when the stove backed up. Povero Michelangelo.
Incense, candles, conclaves–could there really be a Catholic Church without smoke? Even the beloved “Good Pope” John XXIII (photo below) liked to enjoy a drag once in a while, it seems. Still, there could certainly be a Vatican without smoking. Sign on here. John%20XXIII%20with%20cigarette.jpg



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posted March 30, 2008 at 9:32 pm


Looking forward to the visit.



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Andy MacDonald

posted March 31, 2008 at 12:50 pm


This former smoker (2 packs a day of Luckies) agrees that smoking is bad for you, but there is something big brotherish about the anti tobacco madness that emanates from certain quarters in this country and abroad. These are many of the same people who openly advocate other dangerous and oftentimes deadly practices that spring from a lack of self discipline on the one hand and an embrace of self indulgence on the other.
Furthermore, while the Vatican can decide whether or not they wish to ban smoking throughout the 108 acres thereof, it all comes down to policing on the Vatican and the hope that smokers will come to their senses and quit a very dangerous habit.
As Christions: Oremus! (Let us pray!)



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