Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ratzinger Is the Perfect Pope, Benedict Should Not Resign?

     Yesterday, I posted  why Pope Benedict XVI should resign (not that I think that he will).  It is only fair that I present opposing opinions, such as the view of the Vatican's official spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, hot off the press at the Washington Post:
     Lombardi said still relatively isolated suggestions that the pope himself should resign were "obviously coming from those who do not understand the Catholic Church.  This is not some multinational company where the chief executive is expected to take responsibility," Lombardi said. "The pope is not personally directing the actions of priests around the world. He is their spiritual leader, and he is one who has acted very clearly to confront this problem."  Describing the attacks on the pope as unfair, Lombardi said Benedict has "in fact acted swiftly" to address allegations of sex abuse.  
     All I will say is that you can delegate power but not responsibility, and did I not use arguments from Catholic theology for why the pope should resign.  Lombardi doesn't understand logic.  In fact, the pope did not "act swiftly" to address allegations of sexual abuse.  The proof is in the documents.

     Here is another argument for why Pope Benny should not resign, proposed by  Richard Dawkins' in the Washington Post:

     "Should the pope resign?"
     No. As the College of Cardinals must have recognized when they elected him, he is perfectly - ideally - qualified to lead the Roman Catholic Church. A leering old villain in a frock, who spent decades conspiring behind closed doors for the position he now holds; a man who believes he is infallible and acts the part; a man whose preaching of scientific falsehood is responsible for the deaths of countless AIDS victims in Africa; a man whose first instinct when his priests are caught with their pants down is to cover up the scandal and damn the young victims to silence: in short, exactly the right man for the job. He should not resign, moreover, because he is perfectly positioned to accelerate the downfall of the evil, corrupt organization whose character he fits like a glove, and of which he is the absolute and historically appropriate monarch.
     No, Pope Ratzinger should not resign. He should remain in charge of the whole rotten edifice - the whole profiteering, woman-fearing, guilt-gorging, truth-hating, child-raping institution - while it tumbles, amid a stench of incense and a rain of tourist-kitsch sacred hearts and preposterously crowned virgins, about his ears.
     Dawkins has changed my mind.  The pope should not resign.  Benno should be a real captain and go down with the ship.  Of course, as he does, Ben will continue to lock innocent children in steerage, while he offers the lifeboats to his pedophile-priests and company-line-toting bishops.  H.M.S. Benedict is going down faster than the Titanic.
Picture via Pam's House Blend

1 comment:

truthspew said...

I hope it comes to pass that the Catholic church implodes on itself. That would be great. And think of all those precious art works that would be parceled out to art museums around the world.