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Who Said It: The Pope... or 'Fifty Shades of Grey'?

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Mar 01, 2013 | 1:32pm EST

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Pope Benedict XVI may have left the Vatican for good, but that doesn't mean he isn't leaving a legacy behind. And by legacy we mean this spectacular farewell digital scrapbook. (Who knew the Pope was so proficient with iPhoto on his 1999 Apple iBook?) From its use of the heavenly Papyrus font to those tasteful selfies, this Popebook is everything you'd want and hope for. The only thing missing is this jingle playing every time you turn the page. 

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But something struck us as we flipped through all 62 (!!) pages of Benny's book. No, not that he forgot to wish us  an awesome summer. (C'mon man, haven't you signed a yearbook before?!) But that the language sounded, well, awfully similar to E.L. James' wildly popular BDSM-inspired series Fifty Shades of Grey. Don't believe? Take our sacrilegious "Who Said It: The Pope or Fifty Shades of Grey?" quiz to find out if you can tell the difference between waxing poetic about Christian Grey and Christianity. 

Who Said It: The Pope Or 50 Shades of Grey?

1. "I seem to feel his strong hand clasping mine; I seem to see his smiling eyes and hear his words, at this moment addressed specifically to me, "Do not be afraid!"

2. "Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction."

3. "I find myself walking beside him, hand in hand."

4. "The heavenly choir all singing different parts, their voices blending blissfully and sweetly together in a melodic harmony that is beyond anything I’ve ever heard."

5. "To love is to give, to offer what is 'mine' to the other."

6. "God, I hope I don't let him down."

7. "She is called to be the sign and instrument ... in pure docility to his authority and in total service to his mandate."

8. "I'm Eve in the Garden of Eden, and he's the serpent, and I cannot resist.”

9. "Christian takes a whole different league of handling or understanding."

10. "The first missionary commitment."

11. "Man bears within him a thirst for the infinite, a longing for eternity, a quest for beauty, a desire for love."

12. "There is light everywhere. Bright, warm, piercing light, and I endeavor to keep it at bay for a few more precious minutes. I want to hide, just a few more minutes. But the glare is too strong, and I finally succumb to wakefulness."

13. "It is not by sidestepping or fleeing from suffering that we are healed, but rather by our capacity for accepting it, maturing through it and finding meaning through union with [NAME], who suffered with infinite love."

14. "If you give yourself to me, it will be so much better ... I can take you to places you dont even know exist."

15. "We're talking about cheese... holy crap!"

Check out the answers on the next page to see how you fared. 

ANSWER KEY: 

1. "I seem to feel his strong hand clasping mine; I seem to see his smiling eyes and hear his words, at this moment addressed specifically to me, "Do not be afraid!" THE POPE 

2. "Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction." THE POPE 

3. "I find myself walking beside him, hand in hand." FIFTY SHADES OF GREY 

4. "The heavenly choir all singing different parts, their voices blending blissfully and sweetly together in a melodic harmony that is beyond anything I’ve ever heard." FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

5. "To love is to give, to offer what is 'mine' to the other." THE POPE 

6. "God, I hope I don't let him down." FIFTY SHADES OF GREY 

7. "She is called to be the sign and instrument...in pure docility to his authority and in total service to his mandate." THE POPE 

8. "I'm Eve in the Garden of Eden, and he's the serpent, and I cannot resist.” FIFTY SHADES OF GREY 

9. "Christian takes a whole different league of handling or understanding." FIFTY SHADES OF GREY 

10. "The first missionary commitment." THE POPE

11. "Man bears within him a thirst for the infinite, a longing for eternity, a quest for beauty, a desire for love." THE POPE 

12. "There is light everywhere. Bright, warm, piercing light, and I endeavor to keep it at bay for a few more precious minutes. I want to hide, just a few more minutes. But the glare is too strong, and I finally succumb to wakefulness." FIFTY SHADES OF GREY 

13. "It is not by sidestepping or fleeing from suffering that we are healed, but rather by our capacity for accepting it, maturing through it and finding meaning through union with [NAME], who suffered with infinite love." THE POPE 

14. "If you give yourself to me, it will be so much better...I can take you to places you dont even know exist." FIFTY SHADES OF GREY 

15. "We're talking about cheese...holy crap!" FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (But we wish the Pope). 

 [Photo credits: Vatican; Vintage Books]


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