Saturday, April 02, 2005

Pontifex Maximus Mortus Est (or something to that effect)

Warning to Catholics: Blasphemy ahead

So...yeah. Everyone'll be talking about this, no doubt. I'm pretty sure the people in the White House are pissed at how this breaks their news cycle on the Terry Shiavo case.

What did I think of the Pope? I think he was a nice guy who could have done a lot of good but instead decided to play it safe and stick with the old rules. I think he had an enormous amount of power and influence and he could have brought the Catholic Church into the 21st century, but he felt more comfortable in the 16th.

At the same time...yeah. He was a nice guy. I think he genuinly wanted peace, and I think that he genuinly wanted everyone else to have peace as well.

I also think he should have retired a while ago. But I also respect the fact that he stayed at the job until his dying day. You gotta respect that dedication.

I hope that the new Pope is a bit more progressive. I know, it ain't gonna happen, but hey, a guy can dream.

What would I like to see the new Pope do? First off, avoid taking the name Pious or Innocent, because the Popes who take those names seldom come out well in the end. Secondly, kick the clergy in the seat of their pants and throw them kicking and screaming into the baptism of the new millenium. Upset tradition. Let women into the church in some fashion other than being covered in what's really only a few steps away from a burkah, and realize that maybe, just MAYBE, the God they worship who apparently loves all things equally wants to be worshipped equally. Also, perhaps understanding that being realistic about overpopulation is better than being wistful, and perhaps announcing the birth control is no longer a sin. To quote Anya, "and frankly, it's ludicrous to have these interlocking bodies and not... interlock."

(I once heard a figure from a prominent Catholic scholar that Earth could give a kilometer of land to everyone on the planet and support another few billion. I'm assuming he meant that this included colonizing the ocean, the Sahara desert, Antartica, and possibly some of the more hell-holish places in Siberia. At the same time, people need to realize that humans, being naturally greedy, highly social beings, like to clump together into cities, and steal and buy as much as they can. Which means that the world cannot support its current population forever...just look at Africa and Asia. Sure, their overall LANDMASS could support another few billion, but they don't even have the food to support they people they have now.)

Anyway, we shall see who gets elected Pope. I wonder if he'll be from North America. I somehow doubt it, but it could happen.

And that's all I have to say about that.


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