Pope vs. Netanyahu
Posted by Mottapala on April 22, 1998 at 03:36:44:

>> The Pope met with his cardinals to discuss a proposal from Benjamin
>> Netanyahu, the leader of Israel.
>> "Your Holiness" said one of the Cardinals, "Mr. Netanyahu wants to
>> challenge you to a game of golf to show the friendship and ecumenical
>> spirit shared by the Jewish and Catholic faiths."
>> The Pope thought is was a good idea, but he had never held a golf club
>> in his hand. "Have we not," he asked "a cardinal who can represent me
>> against the leader of Israel?"
>> "None that plays golf very well," a cardinal said. "But," he added,
>> "there is a man named Jack Nicklas, an American golfer who is a devout
>> Catholic. We can offer to make him a cardinal; then ask him to play
>> Benjamin Netanyahu as your personal representative. In addition to
>> showing our spirit of cooperation, we'll also win the match.
>> Everyone agreed it was a good idea.
>> The call was made. Of course, Nicklaus was honored and agreed to play.
>> The day after the match, Nicklaus reported to the Vatican to inform the
>> Pope of the result. "I have some good news and some bad news, Your
>> Holiness," said the world-class golfer.
>> "Tell me the good news first, Cardinal Nicklaus," said the Pope.
>> "Well, Your Holiness, I don't like to brag, but even though I've played
>> some pretty terrific rounds of golf in my life, this was the best I have
>> ever played, by far. I must have been inspired from above. My drives
>> were long and true, my irons were accurate and purposeful and my
>> putting was perfect. With all due respect, my play was truly miraculous."
>> "There's bad news?" the Pope asked.
>> Nicklaus sighed. "I lost to Rabbi Woods by three strokes."

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