Big deal. One less bigoted, misogynistic man to deal with. But still – what a surprise! One day the Pope is tweeting in a hundred languages, the next he’s retiring to whatever German or Italian monastery/village he has in mind.
The “Panzer Cardinal” as they call him, sparked enormous international anger over the extensive amount of offensive comments he made during his time in ‘office’. Here’s a few – just to remind you – on his first official visit to Africa he said “Aids cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms” while implying condoms aggravates the problem by fueling promiscuity. Nice one, Pope.
When he visited the UK in 2010, he said, in reference to Heathrow airport – “When you arrive at Heathrow, you think at times that you’ve landed in a Third World country.” It is true – a lot of Muslims and Indians work at Heathrow but is it really necessary to make such connections. I’m not sure. Maybe he did not mean it that way, though I wouldn’t put it past the old fella.
Oh, and the Pope was certainly “Never in the Hitler youth.”
“Never, never, never.”
Only last year, in July, the Vatican was accused of misogyny when it put ‘ordaining women’ among the “most serious crimes” alongside paedophilia. Yeah, Women Priests = paedophiles.
I mean, how wrong would it be to argue that the Pope and Berlusconi share a lot more in common than the vicinity in which they live in. The Panzer has been suffering one public disaster after another. Perhaps his decision to resign is not a bad one after all.
But what does the Popes resignation mean? Hopefully it means a new modern beginning. No more condoms, no more women, and certainly no more multi-ethnic staff at Heathrow. No, not really. Hopefully the new Pope will be one accepting of all religions – not like Benedict XVI, who accused Prophet Muhammad’s teachings as “evil and inhuman.” And hopefully the new Pope will not claim heterosexuality is as crucial to the future of mankind as protecting the rainforests.
Rumors are going around saying the new Pope will be elected by the end of March, other rumors are going around saying he likely to be an African. So far there are four main candidates.
Cardinal Peter Turkson
A Ghanaian TV star, dubbed as the ‘people’s person’, ‘a wonderful priest’. Apparently he’s got quite a sense of humour. A pope with humour – that would be good! But he’s not as angelic as you might think. Not long ago, Turkson published a YouTube film titled Muslim Demogaphics making claims such as: “In just 39 years France will be an Islamic republic.” What he meant by that – I am not sure, but I’m sure it angered the French.
The other candidate is……..
Cardinal Marc Ouellet
A 68-year old Canadian former archbishop of Quebec who has worked in the Vatican for three years. He spend many years living and teaching in Colombia which makes him an attractive figure to the massively Catholic Latin America. Even though he is a Traditionalist, he does condone anti-Antisemitism, racism and discrimination against women and homosexuals. He is a bit funny on the old anti-abortion issue though – calling it a ‘moral crime’, even in rape cases.
Cardinal Francis Arinze
Then there is this Nigerian Arinze who is about as old as the current Pope and who is a great communicator but he has also been a bit naughty because about ten years ago he equated homosexuality with adultery and divorce at Georgetown University. Boo.
Cardinal Angelo Scola
Now this guy would make Italians so happy. He is Italian, the son of a truck driver, not too old and not too young. He has a PhD in philosophy and theology and has been cardinal for absolute ages. He urges the church to be more modern, he wants to communicate messages clearly on matter such as marriage and one of the clever things he said in 2005, making him very popular is:
“One reason for the misunderstanding is that we Christians often propose this moralistically instead of giving reasons, instead of convincing, this is a weakness of ours.”
Now that’s a Pope and a half!
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