I'm not the least bit sorry that James closed the 'Pope' thread, it was getting a bit heavy. I am sorry that he closed it before I had time to respond to Stewie's invitation for jokes. I've got a million of 'em! It's an old cliche that the best Irish jokes are told by Irishmen, the best Jewish jokes by Jews etc., but in my experience it is at least partially true. One particular story, told by Rabbi Lionel Blue, still has me chuckling six months after I heard it. I say 'story,' not 'joke,' because dear old Lionel claims it's true. It refers to a period in his life when he was a young man and felt he was at the crossroads and wasn't sure where the path was going to lead him. His mother took him one side and the conversation went as follows.....
"Lionel, you haven't been to the Synagogue very much lately."
"No, Mum. I will try to go a little more often."
"You should, Lionel. You should. It's become noticable."
"And another thing. I saw Mrs. Green in the high street the other day and she said she saw you coming out of the Wimpy Bar with some young men. They weren't Jewish lads."
"No, Mum. They're just some lads I know."
"Lionel, you didn't eat any pork in there did you?"
"No, Mum. I promise."
"Lionel. One last thing, and I want the truth. Are you still circumcised?"