As a fallen Catholic – who didn’t fall from very high – I have the worst reactions to the Pope’s announcement that he is quitting:
1 It matters because?
2 This German Pope was seventeen in 1945. Too young but so was the writer Gunther Grass, and see what happened.
3 Another set of priestly abuse horrors coming up?A friend of mine, an American sociologist who lives outside the US, sends me this perfect example of unspeakable cynicism:
A friend of mine, an American sociologist who lives in another country, has this cynical reaction to my reaction:
I know you don’t have a dog in this race, though as usual your forebodings are onto something. Here’s another scenario:
Sources close to the College of Cardinals have disclosed they will reach out to groups that Pope Benedict may have been insensitive to, and will select a Muslim pedophilic Nazi from Latin America as the Church’s next Pontiff. There are reportedly several qualified candidates in Argentina vying for the position.
But don’t quote me. ‘Unnamed sources’ will do.