The Pope met with his cardinals to discuss a proposal from Benjamin Netanyahu,
the leader of Israel.
�Your Holiness,� said one of the Cardinals, �Mr. Netanyahu wants to challenge
you to a game of golf to show the friendship and ecumenical spirit shared by the
Jewish and Catholic faiths.�
The Pope thought it was a good idea, but he had never held a golf club in his
hand, �Have we not,� he asked, �a cardinal who can represent me against the
leader of Israel?�
�None that plays golf very well,� a cardinal said. �But,� he added, �there is
a man named Jack Nicolas, an American golfer who is a devout Catholic. We can
offer to make him a cardinal, and then ask him to play Benjamin Netanyahu as
your personal representative. In addition to showing our spirit of cooperation,
we�ll also win the match.�
Everyone agreed it was a good idea. The call was made. Of course Nicolas was
honored and agreed to play. The day after the match, Nicolas reported to the
Vatican to inform the Pope of the result.
�I have some good news and some bad news, Your Holiness,� said the golfer.
�Tell me the good news first, Cardinal Nicolas,� said the Pope.
�Well,� you�re Holiness, �I don�t like to brag, but even though I�ve played
some pretty terrific rounds of golf in my life, this was the best I have ever
played, by far. I must have been inspired from above. My drives were long and
true, my irons were accurate and purposeful and my putting was perfect. With all
due respect, my play was truly miraculous.�
�There�s bad news?� the Pope asked.
Nicolas sighed. �I lost to Rabbi Tiger Woods by three strokes.�