Since you are a traditional marriage supporter, tradition dictates that I give you a gift of wood. No silverware for you!
Congratulations, Benny, on five years of constant crisis, and we're not just talking about sexual abuse, although you've been stellar in your denial and cover-up. We're talking about your relationship with the worlds' Jewish population. How about those Muslim-Catholic relations? Let's not forget your condemnations of the world's gays as "filth," which include most of your priests (possibly even yourself). What about forbidding condoms to prevent HIV? Your encouraging religious schism in other Christian denominations? Turning a blind eye to genocide? Rape? You must be doing something right to inspire such wonders in the name of your god and savior.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict's ascension to the papacy, but they aren't exactly popping champagne at the beleaguered Vatican. At the moment Benedict is embroiled in a massive pedophilia scandal that could define his papal legacy, and it's not like he's had a charmed papacy until now, Sylvia Poggioli reports in a rather scathing piece for NPR. Benedict's a lousy communicator, and he's attracted a host of critics.
Image Credits of Possible Gifts for Pope Benedict XVI's Fifth (Wooden) Anniversary:
Wooden sewing machine for Pope Ben's vestments: Planet Pink n Green
Wooden machine gun for use in killing non-believers: Pixdaus
Wooden torture rack for encouraging religious homogeneity: Find Target
Wooden egg thingy for sticking where the sun don't shine: Dear Ada
Wooden good luck phallus for overcoming the sexual abuse scandal: Thailand Stories