Tuesday, April 19, 2005

We are One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and damn it . . . European!

The election of Pope Benedict XVI affirms one thing. The Church is primarily about one region and "race." The Catholic church is about Europe.

The cardinals of the Catholic Church unanimously gave one big "F__ you" to all of Africa, all of Latin America and all of Asia.

They've decided that the problems of poverty, HIV/AIDS, malaria, political corruption, devastating wars, prostitution and child slavery, and the challenges of fragile democracies on the rise in Africa and the rapid spread of Islam, are of little concern to the Church. "F___ you, Africa!"

They've also decided that the problems of poverty, corruption, the challenges of fragile democracies, drugs, and the challenges of Pentecostalism which threatens to supplant Catholicism in Latin America, are of little concern to the Church. "F___ you, South and Central America."

They've also decided that the challenges of human rights, the perilous state of Catholic minorities, the challenges of Islam, the problems of workers rights, child rape, slavery and prostitution in Asian countries are of little concern to the Church. "F___ you, Asia."

The Cardinals have affirmed in one voice that the true concern for the church is the secularism of Europe and the impact of academic relativist trends. Who cares if a little girl is sold into prostitution, at least we'll fight the darn post modernists in Belgium and keep those filthy muslim Turks out of the pure bred European Union.

I'm not bitter, angry or anything (My shaking fingers on my keypad indicate unfilter blissfulness and joy). I decided to give all this more time to sink in but the more time passes, the more unpleasant the whole experience is. There really isn't much of a bright spot. He is going to be pope for the next 15 years and that's enough time to do his thing. Maybe a good part of all this is that he'll push things to a breaking point which is always good. Breaking points lead to Martin Luthers.

I think Pope Benzinger (ha, had to say it) definitely has his eye on Vatican III. This way they can seal the deal on liberals in the Church. That would be interesting. Benedict is certainly not interested in the Church being loved. He wants a smaller, leaner, meaner Church, void of liberals and more manageable. He is the theological correlate of the smaller government Republicans.

Boy, it is going to be a long Catholic winter.


Blogger Talmida said...

Cheer up, Ono, at least you're male.


11:54 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Boy, Ono, don't hold back...tell us what you REALLY think ;)

I agree. I was watching live on Vatican TV and, my Latin is very shaky, but when I heard "Ratzinger" I gasped. This was the nightmare scenerio. I thought the College of Cardinals would recognize what a controversial figure he was, how much he is loathed in the much of the western north, and pass over him over.

But we'll see where he takes the Roman Catholic Church.


11:02 AM  
Blogger Ono said...

I am not a pessimist or fatalist, but one of my mottos in life is that "life sucks and then you die."

First we got George Bush and then Pope Benedict. It's been a tough two years.

But Talmida is right, at least I am superior to women, though whom the Holy Spirit is unable to act.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Ambrose said...

I can't wait to say I was one of the folks downsized from the Catholic Church.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad to see that you don't see the Holy Spirit working through the conclave.

It is with great JOY that I am celebrating the election, inspired by the Holy Spirit, of Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI!!! Hopefully, YOU will be moved by that same Holy Spirit to accept His choice to lead His Church.

David B

2:19 PM  
Anonymous fidens said...

Sooo... an Asian Pope would also have been a f*** you to Africans right?

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this culture, we are constantly encouraged to nourish our grievances and see ourselves as victims. This has the positive aspect of helping make society more just, but it also contains emotional and financial rewards which assure that the sense of victimhood will continue long after justice is served. It seems we won't be shaken from our desire to see all power as something that should emanate from my group, where my group infinitely approaches me.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like the Roman Catholic faction of the Roman Catholic Church got their man in.

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