You're going to think I am kidding, but I'm not.......earlier in the year I sent one to the Pope
knowing of course that I would not get a response, but thought it was amusing anyway. Would be a shock from hell, pardon the pun, if it ever did come back signed.
A good friend (Liam O'Connel) of mine in the Army and a fine officer, a West Pointer, decided to get out and go to law school. During his last year and a half in the Army, we worked together as assistant S3's in an air defense battalion at Fort Hood. Liam spent a lot of time sending in law school applications during the duty day and I covered for him while he did so. No problem ... he was a great guy and you always cover for your buddies.
Anyway, one day he brings in an expensive and beautifully hand-framed, matted letter and hung it on the wall. I get up from my maps and planning and said "Liam, what the heck is that?" He says "That's my rejection letter from Harvard." He went on to say he was really proud that he tried to get in and wanted a reminder that you should always do just that ... try. He was shortly afterwards accepted to University of Virginia Law School... probably the finest public law school in America.
I sense the same spirit in you, Dave, with your request for endorsement from the Pope. At least you tried! If the Pope sends you a rejection letter, you should frame it too.