John Lilburne's journal about Archbishop Hart's joke on the Pope.
2002 L Wed 26 Dec 2001
I went to the cricket today -- seeing the first day of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It rained a lot, so I had plenty of time to read The Age newspaper.
An interesting article was on Backpage, edited by Michael Shmith. Under the headline "Laughing Matter" it has "... BackPage contacted a host of people asking them for their best or favourite joke ...". The first is from Archbishop Hart:
In Australia there have been lots of advertisements to convey the message to drive within the speed limit and that "speed kills". The Catechism of the Catholic Church specifically refers to the same problem:
So perhaps part of the joke's intention is simply to encourage people to think about the need to drive safely, the risk of being pulled over for speeding, whoever they are.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 26 December 2001.