Rabbi Shmuley Boteach did the unthinkable. He made me feel sorry for the Pope. As a way to maximize the PR yield of his upcoming visit to Pope Benedict XVI, Shmuley published his suggestions including: institute din yichud so no priest is alone with a child and institute Friday night family meals for Catholics as an occasion to shmooze about serious topics and extend hospitality to others.
You have got to admire Shmuley. He has a penchant for hanging out with folks with incredible wardrobes. First there was Michael Jackson and now there is the Pope. He also does a great job of leveraging those connections. After Jackson died, quicker than you can do a shiva visit, he was writing an expose about Michael and how Michael would have been OK if he had only followed Shmuley’s advice.
I can only imagine what he will have to say when the aged Pope Benedict dies. He will probably time his expose to conincide with TV coverage of the funeral mass. While he is visiting the Pope he will probably hand him a copy of his book Kosher Sex in front of flashing cameras. For all we know he has branched out into writing cookbooks and he will hand him a copy of his collection of inspiring Friday night recipes.
Meanwhile Shmuley, do you have any thoughts about din yichud and other steps to combat molesting in the orthodox Jewish world. Are you planning to write a book about Unkosher Sex. I know we can’t ever match the worldwide Catholic population for book buying. Even the most bedecked chasidishe rebbe can’t match the Pope for satin, velvet and glitz. However, as long as you are borrowing your legitimacy from us, how’s about some payback?