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Tuesday, April 19, 2005 

He even looks a little evil

So, the Catholic Church has a new Pope. Good ol' Joseph Ratzinger. Woo. Hoo. The man was once a professor of "dogmatic theology" and among other things was the guy who said that Catholic politicians who are pro-choice should be denied communion. So another reactionary fuckhead, then. About the only thing I like about him is this line from his first speech:

"The fact that the Lord can work and act even with insufficient means consoles me."

I just think it's a good line, though, I doubt it reflects any genuine humility on the man's part.

Worse still, he's a former Hitler Youth

Yeah, along with every other German kid of his era.

On the other hand, he was also the guy who was instrumental in the church's rather major reconciliation with Jews under Pope JPII. He's the guy who wrote "Memory And Reconciliation", the document which outlined everything the Catholics had to apologize for.

He's still a reactionary fuckhead, but for a Pope he's not bad.

On the bright side:
He's 78 years old. He's not going to be filling the hat for very long.

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