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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

 Pope Palpatine I

Who is the new Pope? Is it...

(a) A former member of the Hitler Youth;

(b) The man that for the last 24 years headed up the office of the Inquisition;

(c) A man who believes that evangelization and fidelity of faith should be the church's top priority, rather than Jesus' message of responsibility to the poor and oppressed;

(d) The architect of John Paul’s internal Kulturkampf, which through intimidation and punishment created a climate of fear in the theological community that discourages honesty in areas such as sexual ethics, religious pluralism and political theology;

(e) All of the above

If you answered (e) you are correct! Meet Emperor Pope Palpatine Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger.


Blogger Dave S. said...

Bow down before Him.

3:57 PM  
Blogger M@ said...

The first two options are unfair. It's not as though he had a choice about joining the Hitler Youth, and his father was an outspoken Nazi critic.

And to criticise him for being head of the Inquisition seems similar to criticising Nelson Mandela for being the leader of South Africa because racists had earlier held the office. The Inquisition today is not the same as the inquisition of the middle of the last milennium.

I don't like Ratzinger or what he stands for, but those points distort the facts by serious omissions -- something I've seen denounced (and rightly so) on this blog before.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

On the bright side, the guy is 78. How long can he possibly last?


Morbid I know, but it was the only bright side I could see in this.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

M@: Agreed -- however, I couldn't not mention them.

Angie: He is the same age as Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli when the latter became Pope John XXIII, and no one disputes that John had the most profound impact on Catholicism of any Pope in the twentieth century. There is, unfortunately, too much opportunity for Ratzinger to do damage.

8:06 PM  
Blogger M@ said...

: ) Fair enough.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Electro said...

This is great! An atheist worried about how a man will do "damage" to the Catholic Church. It doesn't get any more screwed up than that. I hope he is the great pope for the Catholic Church that I think he will be.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

What I care about, Electrician Boy, is the 1.1 billion HUMANS who also happen to be Catholic. I would guess that I care a lot more about his flock than Ratzinger does: he has shown himself to be obsessed with doctrinal purity. He is the new leader of the latter-day pharisees. Jesus would be pissed.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous mutant cat said...

Yeah but all those millions will go to heaven when they die, so he does care, see?

11:28 AM  
Blogger Brinstar said...

Come on... As if the Catholic Church would change just because of a change in the papacy? I was not surprised at all. I would have been more surprised had any of their policies changed.

Arinze would have been better PR for the Church. They could have looked progressive for making a black man Pope, but only on the surface, as nothing would change at all.

1:36 PM  

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