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August 14, 2004

Parkinsonian pope takes spill at Lourdes, declines cure

'Suffering' pope at Lourdes shrine [CNN]:

LOURDES, France -- John Paul II is visiting the French "miracle shrine" town of Lourdes where he called himself a sick man among the suffering.

As you may know, the 84-year-old pontiff suffers from Parkinson's disease (as did the late, lamented Julia Child).

The pontiff lost his balance while kneeling to pray and aides rushed to prevent him from falling before seating him back on his wheeled throne.

If I were pope, and I had a neurodegenerative disease, and I fell over in a miracle shrine, I know what my next move would be. But I guess that's the kind of thinking that separates the popes from the Jewish atheist bloggers.

Although the waters of Lourdes are said to bring miraculous healings, the Vatican denied the pope was seeking a cure for himself, The Associated Press reported.

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If I were pope, and I had a neurodegenerative disease, and I fell over in a miracle shrine, I know what my next move would be.

Is or is not the answer supposed to be "Support stem cell research"? Is there a big stem-cell subtext here or am I just overinterpreting?

[Actually, the Pope is one of the few people with a reasonably consistent anti-stem cell position, since he opposes IVF as well.]

Is or is not the answer supposed to be "Support stem cell research"?

Actually, the answer is "Curse God." "Curse God." We would have also accepted "Take God's name in vain," or "Blaspheme loudly."

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