Habetis Papam March 13, 2013Posted by ubi dubium in Rants.
Tags: Catholic, pope, pope resigns, religion
So, a 76-year-old Argentinian homophobe who probably collaborated with a brutal military Junta is pope. yay.
Good things – he’s not European. If the Vatican is ever going to adapt to the future, they’ve got to be willing to change things. So I guess this is a change.
He prefers living simply and supporting the poor. Good there. Maybe he can sell off some of the Vatican’s enormous wealth and do something better with the money. I’m not holding my breath, but I’ll be pleased if it happens.
He’s already pretty old. So the Vatican will probably have another shot at getting this right soon. (Remember John Paul I? Me neither.)
Except, no they won’t. They’ll never appoint a true reformer, because they always pick one of their own. The vatican is a corrupt organization, answerable to no-one. The rich and powerful heads of this organization, who also answer to no-one, have gathered and selected one of their own number to be capo. This man will appoint the new cardinals, and the circle of corruption will go round and round. Maintenance of their hierarchy and power is always going to be put before the wellbeing of their “flock”. None of them are ever really held accountable to the catholic people who provide their power base. The only recourse that catholics actually have is to walk out of their churches and stop giving them money. If they vote with their purse-strings, the hierarchy will have to listen. But with a billion catholics in the world, it will take a lot of independent-minded catholics to make much of a difference, and we know how much the church encourages independent thought.
In other news, apparenlty the Vatican recently bought Europe’s larget gay bathhouse! (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/as-cardinals-gather-to-elect-pope-catholic-officials-break-into-a-sweat-over-news-that-priests-share-23m-building-with-huge-gay-sauna-8529670.html) The building apparenlty also houses 19 Vatican apartments, including the 12-room apartment of Cardinal Ivan Dias. What a convenient location! I wonder what other fun stories are going to crop up next. I’m waiting for the thing to come out that’s so bad that Ratzinger resigned to avoid dealing with it.