The early release of excerpts for Pope Benedict XVI’s new book reveal he will discuss the lack of theological basis for the idea that my mother is culpable in the death of Jesus of Nazareth. This came as a huge relief and I wanted to share the news with her immediately. Here is how the conversation went:

“Hey Mom”
“Hey sweetie, I was just reading your article.” [ed. note: No, she wasn’t.]
“Did you hear that the Pope’s new book clears the Jews of guilt in Jesus’ death?”
“The who?”
“The Pope.”
“What? I don’t know, did we kill Jesus?”

The heartwarming words of a woman, finally set free.

Pope Benedict Exonerates Jesus for Jesus’ Death in New Book [AP]