No, we don’t buy Papa Ratso’s reason for getting off the throne; we believe there’s something going on that won’t come out for many years. After all, the papacy is like civil service, or the U.S. Supreme Court: you die in office, no matter how lousy you do your job… unless, of course, you’re forced out.
Whatever the story really is, we’ve been thinking all day about what we might say — within the bounds of ConBab’s mission (outside those bounds, we would have plenty to say) — to mark the occasion,* and, honestly, we couldn’t come up with anything. (That could very well change, if and when we learn what really prompted him to give up his party hat and Dorothy Gale red ruby slippers.)
And then we ran across a piece by a self-professed lifelong Catholic who’s not afraid to go against the grain (if we see one more “tribute” article or any more news footage of old German women reacting to the news with shock! and grief!, we’ll barf), and who offers, among other read-worthy notes, this observation of immense hypocrisy, which doesn’t even have anything to do with predator priests and the endless effort to hide their sins. This bit seems quite fitting as a send-off for the Pope who loves to spread lies about and incite hatred toward people like us:
“Rubbing salt in the wounds in Britain has been the creation by Pope Benedict of the Ordinariate. This body facilitates the progress of those Anglicans who predominantly want to leave the Church of England because of the ordination of women into the Catholic Church.
“This has seen a succession of married priests coming over, so providing a ready supply of candidates to fill the growing number of vacancies, due to lack of celibate males, in the Catholic Church.
“No one at the Vatican seems overly concerned about the contradiction that sees married Anglicans being allowed to join the Catholic Church and minister to the faithful, whilst a man ordained as priest in the Catholic faith who wants to get married has to leave in order to do so.
“It is this sort of heaping of contradiction on contradiction that has brought the church to its present position of crisis with people walking away in their droves.”
— Paul Donovan
“Why next pope must open up church and usher in Vatican III”
CNN, February 11, 2013
* We backspaced over the word “joyous” — as in “joyous occasion” — because we sincerely doubt the next pope will be any less hateful than Ratzinger. (Yes, hateful.) We won’t even bother to make book on who it will be; you can find countless articles naming the top five bets; Google “next pope.”
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