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I am not Catholic and I am far from religious, but this Pope event has been interesting for me. Aside from watching Angels & Demons, I have never witnessed such a thing and on Wednesday morning, I watched the chimney smoking, and the correspondents reporting and discussing. What originally got my attention was the retirement itself — like everyone else, I assume.
I didn’t even know it was possible for a Pope to retire. Does it mean that he goes from being an uber-holy spokesperson for the Big Man and returns to being utterly mortal? Personally, I don’t think wearing a cool hat makes you special, but think about this from another perspective, someone of faith. We mentioned this in my Shakespeare class the other day, because we started reading King Lear, in which the king in the play announces that he no longer wants to be king. He will still be revered as a royal man, but he will leave the duties to someone else. What does Benedict now expect from the world as an ordinary Christian?
Tumblr had fun with the question as to why he retired:
The Italian newspaper La Repubblica has reported that the former Pope didn’t decide to retire due to health, but due to blackmail. The Church is accused of having a gay lobby, which I find downright hilarious. It seems that Benedict wanted to avoid being mixed up in a scandal. The article read:
“The cardinals were said to have uncovered an underground gay network, whose members organise sexual meetings in several venues in Rome and Vatican City, leaving them prone to blackmail,” reads The Sydney Morning Herald’s translation of the report, and The Guardian adds: “They included a villa outside the Italian capital, a sauna in a Rome suburb, a beauty parlour in the centre, and a former university residence that was in use by a provincial Italian archbishop.”
Here’s a link to the article: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/02/secret-vatican-report/62419/
Robin Williams made a joke once about the Vatican and homosexuality.
Frankly, I was not surprised to hear about this, not with the child-molesters and pedophiles living inside those holy walls. Many hypocrites and freaks in this preaching biz. It appears to me that these men of God are trying so hard to maintain their traditional values that they’re beginning to contradict themselves. Some may be gay and some may be monsters… some may be good men, but unfortunately, they don’t stand out too much.
It doesn’t matter how much anyone prays–the cardinals, the Pope, their loyal followers–the hands of the Pope and the members of the Roman-Catholic church will remain dirty for a long time.
Francis and the Pretentious Cycle continues
The Wipe Out Homophobia Facebook page reported the new Pope saying:
“Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”
Does it sound familiar?
On gaystarnews.com, there is an article that states that Francis calls the adoption of gay couples child abuse, “saying it was discrimination against children.” That statement is a bit rich coming from a man who is representing an organization with such a gross history associated with kids. Unless he can prove himself as a modern, kind man who will accept the changes in this world, I believe the Pope shall sit down and be quiet. He’ll break a hip being so stupidly bold.
**This blog entry was written for ‘Writing for Mass Media,’ JRN202, at Central Michigan University.