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  •  No, just my boring personal view (1+ / 0-)
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    I never understood why Wojtyła was more popular than Ratzinger, but then, I'm not Catholic.

    As a nobeliever who considers himself to be culturally Christian, I take Ratzinger to be a sincere Christian, but Wojtyła to have been an exhibitionistically devout phoney.

    In any case, judging by this piece, Ratzinger did less harm than Wojtyła:

    Ratzinger was prevented from acting decisively in part by John Paul's intransigent unwillingness to face the facts about abusive priests and bishops who covered for them.

    In the final days before John Paul's death, Cardinal Ratzinger spoke an extraordinary prayer at a Good Friday service, recognising the "filth" in the Catholic Church - a clear reference to clerical abusers - and saying how often the Church seemed "like a boat about to sink".

    But my comment was out of place in a satirical diary. Sorry.

    American exceptionalism is America's road to perdition.

    by Alexandre on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:37:47 PM PST

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    •  I don't know that much about Popes. (1+ / 0-)
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      They're bizarre figures in a surreal and thoroughly outmoded institution.  But they're also insanely and totally undeservedly rich, so I will verbally kick their asses at any and all opportunities.

      Pour yourself into the future.

      by Troubadour on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:55:17 PM PST

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      •  At least Ratzinger didn't have a popmobile... (0+ / 0-)

        like a common pimp lol.

        My main problem with Catholicism is that in the same way it refused to reform itself when Luther challenged it to, it refused reform again in the 20th century, in the wake of Vatican 2.

        Given that American priests and monks were in the forefront of the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War, the rabidly reactionary turn the church has taken is especially sad.

        Unfortunately, the new pope is unlikely to be any better than Ratzinger: just younger and less bright.

        American exceptionalism is America's road to perdition.

        by Alexandre on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 07:17:16 PM PST

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