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February 11, 2013 8:30 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

With the startling announcement that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning (the first voluntary papal abdication in over half a millennium) due to “frailty,” I guess the only appropriate song is Tom Lehrer performing “Vatican Rag” in 1967.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • martin on February 11, 2013 9:04 AM:

    Great clip. Odd how they kept such a tight shot on his face the whole time.

  • c u n d gulag on February 11, 2013 9:40 AM:


    Yeah, maybe he couldn't get it up anymore.

    His HAT!
    His Pope's HAT, you degenrates!!!

  • Celui on February 11, 2013 10:11 AM:

    Tom Lehrer! The Timeless Troubadour!

  • biggerbox on February 11, 2013 11:12 AM:

    Now the Cardinals will be singing "Now you're just some pope that I used to know"

  • Soprano on February 11, 2013 1:39 PM:

    The Vatican Rag never gets old.