Head of State and Head of Kingdom, both heads of churches
QUEEN: So it seems like fornever since you last visited.
BENEDICT: I’ve been busy with the boys. They are so much trouble, you know.
QUEEN: Divorce after divorce.
BENEDICT: Oh not that, mine aren’t aloud. They have hobbies to keep them busy.
QUEEN: Since I am head of the church and you are head of the church do you want do something kinky?
BENEDICT: Why whatever do you mean?
QUEEN: I’ll give you communion if you give it to me.
BENEDICT: How ecumenical of you. Let’s have a go.
“Pope's visit: two mighty spiritual leaders make small talk
The Queen and Benedict – who have more than a billion parishioners between them – have to work hard at conversation in Holyrood
Rarely are two such mightily titled spiritual leaders in the same room together.
It was the morning that the supreme pontiff, pontifex maximus and vicar of Christ met the defender of the faith and supreme governor of the Church of England, if not mano a mano at least shoulder to shoulder: two rather diminutive octogenarians, one all in white and the other in duck-egg blue.
Despite all the titles, there were, of course, just the two of them: the Queen whose church claims 27 million parishioners of whom fewer than a million attend services and Pope Benedict, head of the Catholic church, which boasts one billion adherents, many of whom don't attend either, but – once a Catholic ... still a sixth of the earth's population.”