The Washington DC’s Metro put together an ad to encourage people to use the Metro when attending the Papal Mass in Washington this week. It was a cute ad, with images of a “bobble-head” Benedict XVI riding on the transit system. Reports are that the Archdiocese of Washington was not impressed and complained which resulted in the ad being pulled.
A “vatican commentator” responded to the incident by posting an interesting quote from the Pope in a 2006 interview with German media:
I’m not a man who constantly thinks up jokes. But I think it’s very important to be able to see the funny side of life and its joyful dimension and not to take everything too tragically. I’d also say it’s necessary for my ministry. A writer once said that angels can fly because they don’t take themselves too seriously. Maybe we could also fly a bit if we didn’t think we were so important.