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I plan on being the supreme dictator of the country, if not the world. Therefore, you might want to stay on my good side. Just a hint: ABBA rules!

12.7.07

The Pope is awesome

I'm sure you've seen this:

Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday asserted the spiritual primacy of the Roman Catholic Church.

He did so at the expense of Christian Orthodox churches, which he said are wounded, and Protestant churches, which he said are not really churches at all.

The pope approved a document that says the only path to true salvation is Catholicism. The move was a stark reaffirmation of centuries-old Catholic belief that Protestant churches are lacking because they cannot trace their leadership back to Christ's apostles.

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Some Catholic Church observers think the pope is trying to revisit the historic events of Vatican II from 1962 to 1965.

Last week, he eased restrictions on the Latin Mass, which was stopped almost entirely after Vatican II.

Even before his papacy began, he believed the church needed to draw more visible lines for Catholic faithful.

At the beginning of the process that made him the church's leader, he said, "We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one's own ego and desires."

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Others were not surprised by the pope's stance. For them, it was simply a reaffirmation of long-held beliefs.

"Catholicism is complicated, and being Catholic is a daily practice of understanding and acceptance that there is no order nor drive-up window to the gates of heaven," said Gayle Plato-Besley, 42, of Phoenix.

Those sentiments were echoed by the Rev. Christopher Fraser, adjutant judicial vicar of the Phoenix Diocese.

Fraser said it is important to note the intent of the pope's documents.

"In fact, the purpose of this document is more self-directed and reflective than it is a commentary on the incompleteness or insufficiencies of other churches and communities," Fraser said.

He pointed to the importance of language to the pope. "In the Catholic world, precise use of vocabulary and distinctions are imperative to the rendering of an authentic and genuine communication of beliefs."


Fuck yeah, Pope Benedict XVI! I knew there was a reason I loved this dude. I mean, given the Catholic Church's fucked-up stance on women in general, reproductive rights in particular, plus the idiotic rule of celibacy, it's about time someone made it obvious that the Church is still stuck in the 13th century. I mean, Benedict is just stating the obvious, isn't he? "Other churches"? Fuck that! Those wacky Protestants, reading the damned Bible and deciding for themselves what's relevant! We can't have that! That way lies anarchy ... and a loss of total power of the Pope! I mean, if the Pope doesn't have total control over your life, God might. And that's just ... well, it's just crazy, isn't it?

Somewhere in Hell, Innocent III is cheering.

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9 Comments:

Blogger layne said...

I've been telling my Presbyterian girlfriend this for months, it's about time Benny came through with some back-up.

12/7/07 8:18 PM  
Blogger Sleestak said...

YES! Now we can put people in stocks in the public square and burn witches again! About darn time!

12/7/07 10:39 PM  
Blogger Mrs Lefty said...

For some really strange moment when I first looked at the headline I thought that it said that Poop was awesome. Don't know what that means about me, but I didn't mean to see it, it came to me! :) Okay and the word verification started with bm and ended with bm. Pattern? I think you have already started to take over the world Greg.

12/7/07 11:50 PM  
Blogger Roger Green said...

Sigh.

13/7/07 3:10 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

There's nothing wrong with a good bowel movement, Kelly. Unless, of course, it offends Benedict XVI!!!!

13/7/07 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Jon H said...

Maybe Bennie will dig up JP2 prop him up on the papal throne thingy, and put him on trial.

Wouldn't be the first time a pope has done that.

13/7/07 10:33 PM  
Anonymous beta ray steve said...

Bennie, when will you learn, talkin' trash about other religions is like telling your neighbors about the faults of their kids.
OK, bad example. But you know what I mean.

14/7/07 7:07 PM  
Blogger Tom the Dog said...

Hey, perfect timing, Pope, just in time to capitalize on the $660 million the L.A. Archdiocese is shelling out to 500 people their priests molested. Spiritual primacy, eh? I guess that equates to: "We knowingly let our priests fondle little boys, then cover it up, but if we get caught -- like, REALLY caught, as in 'one of our Bishops is going to have to testify in court and we're totally going to be found guilty' caught -- we'll pay a ton of hush money." Now THAT'S spiritual primacy!! Oh, no wait, that's actually being a gigantic fucking scumbag. My mistake.

15/7/07 12:13 AM  
Blogger Roger Green said...

Greg-Left you five questions on my blog's comment section. Feel free to answer them here, if you want.

16/7/07 7:21 AM  

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