Life is full of ironies. Just as the Muslim religion passed Roman Catholic as the world’s largest religion, Pope Benedict XVI conducted the third-ever mass at Yankee Stadium, following the lead of Popes Paul VI and John Paul II in earlier decades. It’s clearly time for some pop culture papacy. The Pope has always been featured in various screenplays across the ages, including Becket, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Godfather III, The Omen, and, most recently, in The Da Vinci Code. Here are our six favorite movie quotes about the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
“The Pope decided today to release Vatican-related bath products. An incredible thing, yes, it's the new ‘Pope On A Rope’. That's right, ‘Pope On A Rope’. Wash with it, go straight to heaven.”
Good Morning Vietnam (1987) – Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams)
“First there was a Pope John, then there's Pope John Paul. We can see where they're going with this, the next one will be Pope John Paul George and then Pope John Paul George and Ringo.”
We Know Where You Live (2001) – Eddie Izzard (himself)
“You can't have a deputy pope. The Pope's infallible; you can't be deputy-infallible!”
Nuns on the Run (1990) – Charlie McManus (Robbie Coltrane)
“No Pope ever visits a city where the newspapers are on strike.”
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Roman Castevet (Sidney Blackmer)
“The Pope dies and goes to Heaven. Saint Peter greets him and says, "You've led a very holy life on Earth, and if there's anything you want here in Heaven, we'd be glad to accommodate you. Is there anything we can do for you?" The Pope says, "Well you know, I've never seen the original form of the Bible." Saint Peter says, "Okay fine." He ushers him into a little room. There on the table is the original version of the Bible and he leaves him alone in there to browse through it. After a few minutes, he hears the Pope exclaim. "Oh, my goodness," he says. "The word is ‘celebrate’"
The God Who Wasn’t There (2005) – Alan Dundes (himself)
“Does a man need a Pope to tell him where he's sinned?”
A Man for All Seasons (1966) – King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw)