vatican city—in the interim between pope john paul ii's death and the election of his replacement, unsupervised catholics seized the opportunity to sin without fear of reprisal, sources confirmed tuesday.
"for two weeks, it was like mardi gras all over again," said bryan cousivert, a catholic from arizona. "people were drinking, cursing, and engaging in premarital or even extramarital sex. more importantly, everyone was being totally open about it. no one was worried about doing any penance at all!"