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say it ain't so, Joe

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 13, 2007

As a Red Sox fan I admit that I was troubled by the headline:

Pope signs contract with the Yankees

Oh. Ryan Pope is a baseball player. Relax. Crisis of faith averted.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 23, 2007 12:50 PM ET USA

    I had a great time wearing my Cincinnati Reds #5 Johnny Bench jersey last week to a tour of Fenway Park in Boston.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 19, 2007 7:15 AM ET USA

    If the Pope were on the team, we'd need a new play: "Blessed Yankees."

  • Posted by: - Jul. 14, 2007 4:28 PM ET USA

    "Honey, do you allow people to say "go Yanks" on this site??" I believe the "preferential option for the poor" also applies to teams that are under .500 and double digits behind the first place team (i.e., the Sox). Charity, Leila, Charity.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 7:37 PM ET USA

    Honey, do you allow people to say "go Yanks" on this site??

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 4:11 PM ET USA

    I dunno, Meg. If you turned it around: "Cardinals sign contract with Pope" it might be a consummation devoutly to be wish'd.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 2:58 PM ET USA

    Would "Pope signs contract with Cardinals" have been okay? Oh, dear, that *really* looks wrong!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 11:11 AM ET USA

    Wow, Phil! What a great start to the century it's turning out to be for you! First the "Curse of the Bambino" goes down, and now perhaps the "Spirit of Vatican II" is on its way out as well! God Bless the Holy Father! p.s. Go Yanks!!!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 13, 2007 9:48 AM ET USA

    Well, the Pope isn't that much older than Roger Clemens.