In a long thorough interview with German televisions ARD-Bayerischer Rundfunk, ZDF, Deutsche Welle, and Vatican Radio, broadcasted in the night of August 13, pope Joseph Ratzinger addressed issues of marriage and family, world peace, intercultural dialogue, the future of the Catholic Church, and … the role played by humour in the life of a Pope:
“I think it's very important to be able to see the funny side of life and its joyful dimension and not to take everything too tragically. I'd also say it's necessary for my ministry. A writer once said that angels can fly because they don't take themselves too seriously. Maybe we could also fly a bit if we didn't think we were so important.”
Here the complete English transcript.
[This post was first published at windrosehotel.splinder.com on August 16, 2006. The comments to the original post are worth reading.]