Bye Bye Benny!

Wow, this just in! Pope Benedict will be stepping down at the end of the month.  It’s somewhat appropriate the Pope choose the day before Mardi Gras to step down, because he is, as I wrote two years ago, one of those insufferable “All Ash Wednesday, No Fat Tuesday” Catholics, much like professional scolds Ross Douthat and Kathryn Jean Lopez

Tragically, my first choice for the Papacy, a beloved figure from a country with a population that is 80% Roman Catholic died this weekend.  My second choice for the Papacy, the Monsignor of The Church of the Holy Spook would only get confused by the smoke emanating from the Vatican and wander off looking to score some hash.

So, who to elect pope?  Personally, I think the Roman Catholic Church should elevate one of the cardinals of Brazil to the Papacy.  Brazil is the world’s most populous Roman Catholic country, and has a diverse and forward-thinking population.  The past thirty years has seen the Roman Catholic Church take a hard rightward lurch as a mini “Counter Reformation” in response to the changes ushered in by the Second Vatican Council.  As Thunder put it in the comments on that long-ago post, the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America has maintained a tradition of actually helping the poor.  Tellingly, Benedict, while still Cardinal Ratzinger, condemned Liberation Theology.  Perhaps a Brazilian pope would bring a more progressive vision to the Holy See.  Mainly, I think nominating a Brazilian pope would be a great idea so we could have a pope who appears on the Vatican balcony in a Speedo.  Isn’t about time we had a sexy pope again?

Cross posted at my eponymous blog.

Posted by Big Bad Bald Bastard on 02/11/13 at 07:29 AM • Permalink

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bill donahue?

the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America has maintained a tradition of actually helping the poor.

And yet you still can’t separate that from the odious standards they apply to nearly every other aspect of society including families, sexuality, marriage social policy.

I help feed the poor as well, I’m just not going to tell you you’re a damned sinner worthy of eternal damnation because you rolled on a jimmy hat for some sexy fun time.

Fuck the Catholic church and especially Ratzinger.

jimmy hat

*Googles* *closes tab*

How about Paul Ryan for pope?  He could be Pope John Galt.

I wouldn’t mind Morrissey becoming pope, after all, he is the “Pope of Mope”.  The only problem with that is that every day would be like Sunday, so every day would be a holy day of obligation.

I bet they’ve found something about Ratzo that’s so awful he had to quit.

I bet they’ve found something about Ratzo that’s so awful he had to quit.

That he was a former Hitler youth who covered up thousands of pedophilia cases and went after liberal clergy members in developing nations?

That he was a former Hitler youth who covered up thousands of pedophilia cases and went after liberal clergy members in developing nations?

Yeah, that does make one wonder what they could find out that would be so bad he had to quit.

Then again, they may have a different idea of “bad.” Like, how the terrible thing Perry did to get drummed out of the Republican presidential nom was to be slightly human about immigration.

jimmy hat

*Googles* *closes tab*

*smashes keyboard*
*kills mouse*
*uses entire roll of Duct tape on monitor*
*wraps monitor in blue tarp*
*uses another entire roll of Duct tape to secure tarp*
*pays for exorcism of the Google nightmare*
*locks computer out of the house (just in case)*

They were discussing it on NPR as I drove home from the airport (been doing family duties out of town for the last few days) and pointed out that virtually all of the current cardinals have been appointed either by Ratzinger or John Paul II.  So not looking too likely that going forward with a new pope the Catholic Church will join the rest of us in the actual 21st Century.  So, as far as I’m concerned, fuck ‘em.

Bono?

Funny, that. The resignation might have to do with this?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mea_Maxima_Culpa:_Silence_ in_the_House_of_God

Comment by ms yafb on 02/12/13 at 02:50 PM

What’s all the fuss? As we all know from 1500 years of Catholic prophesy (and Nostradamus), the next pope is the last one…who also just happens to be the Antichrist.

Buy a season ticket and break out the Flaming Popcorn of Antioch.

I suspect it’s an Alzheimer’s diagnosis that’s precipitated all this.  Apparently there’s no competant staff members left from the second term Reagan white house to offer tips and suggestions.

Buy a season ticket and break out the Flaming Popcorn of Antioch.

Hmpf.  I think I’ve already seen enough performances of “Armageddon Arglebargle” over the last few years, no matter if it’s about to break out to Broadway or not.  We should do everybody a favor and lace the communion wafers with Ativan.

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