In a stunning bid to modernise its image (lest it should end up being lampooned on some satirical news website somewhere - as if!) the Holy Church has approved the most far reaching changes it has seen since the inception of the "Buddy Christ".
As the present Pope nears retirement, it has been decided that the selection of his successor will be presided over by none other than Simon Cowell.
Mr Cowell said: "We have started auditions, already, viewers can phone in and vote to keep their favourite contestants in the competition"
My money will be going on a three year old Alsation called Mandy, who having failed in a audition with Genesis, has now turned his attention towards trying to lead the Roman Catholic Church.
And the name of this grand venture? That's right, its POPE IDOL.