Visiting The Pope

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Just before World War II, an ambassador from Germany visited the Cardinal of the Church of England.

“Heinrich Himmler will be attending the next day’s Mass”, he began, “and we would be honored if you would kindly point out Himmler to the congregation and say a few words to the effect that calls him a saint.”

The Cardinal responded, “No, I don’t really trust the man, and there are certain issues of conflict with the Church of England over Himmler’s views.

The ambassador then said, “Look, I’ll write a check here for $100,000 if you can just say that he’s a saint.”

“Well,” said the Cardinal, “the Church could really use the money…I’ll work your request into the service tomorrow morning.”

As the ambassador promised, Himmler appeared for Mass and seated himself prominently in the front of the cathedral.

As promised, the Cardinal indicated that Himmler was present at the start of his sermon.

The Cardinal then went on to explain, “while Mr. Himmler’s presence is probably an honor to some; the man is not numbered among my personal favorite personages. Some of his most egregious views are contrary to tenets of the Church, and he tends to flip-flop on many other issues. Heinrich Himmler is a petty, self-absorbed hypocrite, a thumb sucker, and a nitwit. He is also a serial liar, a cheat, and a thief. I must say, Heinrich Himmler is the worst example of a Catholic or a Christian I have ever personally witnessed. He married for money and is using his wealth to lie to the German people. He has also has a reputation for shirking his representative duties as an appointed official. The man is simply not to be trusted.”

The Cardinal concluded, “but, when compared to Adolf Hitler, the man is a saint!”