Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Except, like, way worse.

Here's some cool facts about the new pope:

He wrote a letter of advice to U.S. bishops on denying communion to politicians who support abortion rights!

He publicly cautioned Europe against admitting Turkey to the European Union and wrote a letter to bishops around the world stating that the continent is essentially Christian in nature!

He was active in stamping out liberation theology, with its emphasis on grass-roots activism to fight poverty!

He once called homosexuality a tendency toward "intrinsic moral evil" and dismissed the uproar over priestly pedophilia in the United States as a "planned campaign" against the church!

He opposes contraception and the use of condoms to combat HIV/AIDS!

He advocates a diminished role for women in the Church and has called for mandatory celibacy for priests!

He was a member of the Hitler Youth!

Clearly the Catholic Church is begging for irrelevancy, though I'm not sure why.


Anonymous said...

Ratzinger wasn't really a member of the Hitler Youth, was he?

Mathis said...

Well, I doubt they'll mention it on Fox News, but yes, he was.

Danny Fisher said...

Here's a good article about Pope Bernard's past as a member of the Hitler Youth.

In 1937 Ratzinger’s father retired and the family moved to Traunstein, a staunchly Catholic town in Bavaria close to the F├╝hrer’s mountain retreat in Berchtesgaden. He joined the Hitler Youth aged 14, shortly after membership was made compulsory in 1941.

He quickly won a dispensation on account of his training at a seminary. “Ratzinger was only briefly a member of the Hitler Youth and not an enthusiastic one,” concluded John Allen, his biographer.

Two years later Ratzinger was enrolled in an anti-aircraft unit that protected a BMW factory making aircraft engines. The workforce included slaves from Dachau concentration camp.

Ratzinger has insisted he never took part in combat or fired a shot — adding that his gun was not even loaded — because of a badly infected finger. He was sent to Hungary, where he set up tank traps and saw Jews being herded to death camps. He deserted in April 1944 and spent a few weeks in a prisoner of war camp.

Mathis said...

Yay Pope! I can understand, though, because he did have a badly infected finger.

King Koopa said...

Ooh man, apocalypse-watchers are gonna have a field day w/ this. Some conservative protestant groups believe the pope will play a key role in end times stuff, i.e. supporting the anti-christ.