Two Catholic Boys

There were two Catholic boys, Timothy Murphy and Antonio Secola, whose
lives parallel each other in amazing ways.

In the same year Timothy was born in Ireland, Antonio was born in
Italy. Faithfully they attended parochial school from kindergarten
through their senior year in high school. They took their vows to enter
the priesthood early in college, and upon graduation, became priests.

Their careers had come to amaze the world, but it was generally
acknowledged that Antonio Secola was just a cut above Timothy Murphy in
all respects. Their rise through the ranks of Bishop, Archbishop and
finally Cardinal was swift to say the least, and the Catholic world
knew that when the present Pope died, it would be one of the two who
would become the next Pope.

In time, the Pope did die, and the College of Cardinals went to work.
In less time than anyone had expected, white smoke rose from the
chimney and the world waited to see whom they had chosen.

The world, Catholic, Protestant and secular, was surprised to learn
that Timothy Murphy had been elected Pope!

Antonio Secola was beyond surprise. He was devastated, because even
with all of Timothy's gifts, Antonio knew he was the better qualified.

With gall that shocked the Cardinals, Antonio Secola asked for a
private session with them in which he candidly asked, "Why Timothy?"

After a long silence, an old Cardinal took pity on the bewildered man
and rose to reply. "We knew you were the better of the two, but we just
could not bear the thought of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church
being called Pope Secola."

No groaning! You know you're going to pass it on to Catholic and
non-Catholic friends alike.



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