As well-wishers turned up outside the Pope's office to bid him farewell today, some Cardinals admitted the outgoing pontiff's high-spirits have created something of a nauseating working environment inside the Vatican over the past few weeks.
"He just doesn't give a shit any more" said Cardinal Turkson. "He's been sitting there in his office all day, feet up on the desk with Bon Jovi blaring, searching bijou properties in Provence".
Senior Cardinals complained the Pope's Out-of-Office has been switched on for the last three weeks and a message appeared on His Holiness' Twitter feed recently saying "Fuk dis holy shit. L8rz", although Vatican officials claimed this was the work of hackers.
Cardinal Scola said he believed his outgoing boss was behind a number of recent practical jokes, including covering toilet bowls with cling film and pilotting a remote-controlled flying saucer around the Sistine Chapel.
"We all know he's leaving and at first we were happy for him" said Scola, "but when he comes in wearing hawaiian shirts clutching holiday brochures, well it just rubs our noses in it.
"And it took hours to scrub the rubber marks off St Peter's Square after he made his driver do donuts in the Popemobile."
The Pope was unavailable for comment, as he was playing Resident Evil 6.