There were two Catholic boys, Timothy Murphy and Antonio Secola, whose lives parallelled each other in amazing ways. In the same year Timothy was born in Ireland, Antonio was born in Italy. Faithfully they attended Parochial School from kindergarten through their senior year in high school. They took their vows to enter the priesthood early in college, and upon graduation, became priests. Their careers had come to amaze the world, but it was generally acknowledged that Antonio Secola was just a cut above Timothy Murphy in all respects. Their rise through the ranks of Bishop, Archbishop and finally Cardinal was swift to say the least, and the Catholic world knew that when the present Pope died, it would be one of the two who would become the Next Pope. In time the Pope did die, and the College of Cardinals went to work. In less time than anyone had expected, white smoke rose from the chimney and the world waited to see whom they had chosen. The entire world was surprised to learn that Timothy Murphy had been elected Pope! Antonio Secola was beyond surprise. He was devastated, because even with all of Timothy's gifts, Antonio knew he was the better qualified. He just had to know why. So Antonio Secola asked for a private session with them, which they granted. He candidly asked, 'Why Timothy over me?' After a long shocked silence at his nerve, an old Cardinal took pity on the bewildered pious man and rose to reply: "Yes my son, we knew you were the better of the two, but we just could not bear the thought of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church being called 'Pope Secola'." --No groaning! -- You KNOW you're going to pass it on to Catholic and non-Catholic friends alike-- I hope -- I got it from a Catholic friend actually!