Since very early in his pontificate I have thought of this old joke, many and many a time....
Two men are having an argument, and decide to settle it by agreeing to abide by the judgement of the wisest man in the world.
After some time, they find the man with the unquestioned reputation of being the wisest man in the world.
The first presents his case, and the wise man says, “You’re right!” and the man goes away happy.
But then the other man stands up and gives his side of the story.
The wisest man in the world says, “You’re right!” and the second man departs satisfied.
The wise man's wife who has overheard all this, mutters to her husband, “You know damn well they can’t both be right....”
“You’re right, dear,” her husband answers, winking.