The pope has written a biography of the little known prophet "Jesus". Title? The Newer Testament. I wonder if it's been holy-ghostwritten? Ar-ar-ar! I got a million of 'em. Surprisingly, the pope has undercut his own messenger-of-god status by saying people are free to disagree with the book. Huh. Imagine Christianity with room for discussion. It's positively Quaker.
No Pope has ever opened up his work and opinions to criticism before. Nor has any Pope tried to separate his personal and public personas, according to Professor Giuseppe Alberigo, a professor of the history of the Catholic Church at Bologna University.
"I really believe this is the first time this has ever happened," he said. "It is an extraordinarily important gesture. What it means is that the Pope is not totally infallible. As well as being the Pope, he is a common man, hugely studious in this case, but like all men he is subject to debates, arguments and discussions." He added that Pope John Paul II "could never have made a distinction between 'official' Pope and 'ordinary' Pope".