• Jun 29, 2006
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was forced to give up his rather secular ride, a 1999 Volkswagen Golf, when he became Pope Benedict XVI. Feeling bad for the old guy, Volvo handed over a set of Volvo XC90 keys to His Holiness yesterday. The SUV is dark blue with a light-colored interior, which doesn't really matter much since the Pope only goes mobile in the patented Popemobile that can deflect bullets and survive bomb blasts. As far as we know, Volvo's don't deflect bullets or survive bomb blasts very well, so perhaps the Bishops can use the XC90 for late night pizza runs.

[Source: SwedeSpeed]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      The Pope would be smart to give away that Volvo. It's a gas guzzler. I'd like to see him whiz around in an electric car with a solar roof but that'd probably be a safety issue - maybe not enough power or range for a getaway.
      Marie
      • 8 Years Ago
      To Michael Trippiedi.....your mind is working overtime, guy!
      Marie
      • 8 Years Ago
      You all need to quit!!! This is about The car company, Volvo, giving the Pope & Pals a car! Can someone inform me how Volvo caters to gays?? A volvo is a nice car & if I had the mula, I would purchase one like the Pope's....DON'T lie-you would too if you could afford the maintenance. I am a Catholic and being called a hypocrite pi.... me off. I don't critize people of other religions or gays. LIVE AND LET LIVE!!!! My brother is gay...that his choice....the Pope didn't make up The Bible people. Read and be informed. I believe God welcomes all of us. The Bible is a book like any other book EXCEPT for the fact that it was written by the disciples of Jesus. My brother and his partner go to Church; they do not accept Communion and I have not asked why because that is their choice. God is good and he will not turn away his sheep. As far as I am concerned the Pope is a messenger, but The Vatican set up their own rues....like birth control. I have used birth control until I wanted and was ready for kids. I am sorry that the Pope doesn't like it....BUT I am and forever will be a Catholic.......my way because only God knows that it would be stupid to procreate if you cannot afford to keep kids well! May God bless you all!
      Floyd
      • 8 Years Ago
      "If any one of you who is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone..." John 8:7b (NIV)
      Donna Greene
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whatever happened to a vow of poverty by Catholic clergy? Seems like it doesn't exist anymore. Doesn't the pope feel a bit guilty using an expensive SUV? What's wrong with a basic minivan? I'm driving a 7 year old car. I don't know when I'll get a swanky new SUV.
      Adam
      • 8 Years Ago
      I find it rather ironic, or better yet, a sell out, that the Pope who has issued the harshest anti-gay decree yet, would gladly accept a brand new lavish SUV from one of the most gay friendly car companies in the world.
      Pat R
      • 8 Years Ago
      The CAtholic teaching on Homosexuality is: Homosexuals deserve the respect afforded to all human beings. Since the catholic church believes that all physical expressions of an individuals sexuality should have the possibility of procreation.....The physical expression (sex)between Homosexuals is looked upon as unacceptable just as sex between two people who are not married is considered unacceptable, Intercourse between a married couple according to strict church law should have the possibility of procreation soooo technically even those who are married and practicing birth control have the same"problem" as homosexuals and singles
      Shoogi
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would rather have a gay in the family than a Volvo!
      Father McFeely
      • 8 Years Ago
      He needs an SUV so he can wear his big pointy hat when he drives.
      Lisa
      • 8 Years Ago
      OMG, the Pope is a Holy Man. Please stop the fighting!!!!! Jesus H. Christ!
      manoman
      • 8 Years Ago
      how did gays come up in this? leave them alone especially the lipstick lesbians!(hotness) its a car given to a guy that has more money than god! hey volvo donate a few cars to some orphanages that can really use it.
      thesby tolbert
      • 8 Years Ago
      so what the pope had an suv.do not let religion control on what the pope can drive!let the man live a little.
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