Papal conclave

At least he didn’t cover up the systematic buggering of little boys

Looks like the new pope has a few issues.

What one did not hear from any senior member of the Argentine hierarchy was any expression of regret for the church’s collaboration and in these crimes. The extent of the church’s complicity in the dark deeds was excellently set out by Horacio Verbitsky, one of Argentina’s most notable journalists, in his book El Silencio (Silence). He recounts how the Argentine navy with the connivance of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now the Jesuit archbishop of Buenos Aires, hid from a visiting delegation of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission the dictatorship’s political prisoners.  Read more »

Vatican installs election chimney; should go hi-tech

The New Yorker reports

a_190x190On Friday, the College of Cardinals decided that the papal conclave to pick a successor to Pope Benedict XVI will start this coming Tuesday. The first vote will be held that afternoon; four votes each day after that. In preparation, Vatican workers spent Saturday morning on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, where, as per tradition, they installed the temporary rust-colored chimney that will let the world’s one billion Catholics (and some other people) know when the new pontiff has been selected. (White smoke will issue forth when they have their guy.) The process is expected to take only a few days.

Smoke?  Really?  I have a better idea

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What would happen if they had to swear on the bible they had never had gay sex

It could be interesting…Before they were allowed to vote for the next pope. How many would be left?

The resignation of Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic clergyman amid allegations of “inappropriate” behaviour with priests has thrown plans for the election of the next Pope into disarray.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, announced that he would not only be stepping down as Archbishop of Edinburgh and St Andrew’s but would also not take part in the Conclave in Rome next month.

He said that he did not want to become a distraction as the Cardinals prepare to chose a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.  Read more »

Cardinal Keith O’Brien wants Marriage Equality

Cardinal Keith O’Brien said it was clear many priests struggled to cope with celibacy, and should be able to marry and have children.

I wonder he thinks this is a pragmatic move to provide priests with a way to express themselves as sexual beings without having to resort to abusing children?

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