Installing the Pope

Am I the only one that thinks the terminology of “Installing” a new pope is a little stupid?

I can see installing a new alternator in my car… maybe even a new light bulb in my hallway. I can see installing new software on my computer.

But somehow “Installing” the pope sounds bizarre and wrong. I like the fact that in America, we “Swear In” the president. That’s cool. Your first day on the job, and you get to swear. But not the pope. The pope gets to be construed as a replacement part.

I was reading comments on ScrappleFace and someone suggested that in order to better appeal to Americans, the pope should have picked the name “Chad 1.” I like it. A pope with wide appeal.

A lot of people are upset because this pope is not progressive. Isn’t being traditional kinda the whole point of a pope? Popes aren’t allowed to go in and just suddenly change church doctrine… A progressive pope is almost as ridiculous as an intelligent liberal.

People are also upset that this pope was in the compulsory Hitler youth corp. It’s irrelevant that he never actually attended ANYTHING related to the corp. Note the word “compulsory” at the beginning… i.e. “Absolutely Required or we come drag you out of bed and kill you.”

I think old Rat-Zinger is going to have a heck of a time with the kooks on the left. It’s just one more case where Conservatives are supportive and Liberals are whining. Per Usual. And it’s odd that liberals would whine about the nature of the pope, considering they are the ones that harp on “Seperation of Church and State” all the time… a concept which as I said in a previous entry, just happens to not ever be mentioned in the Constitution.

The only thing I worry about is that Rat-Zinger is so old, he may not last very long. Fortunately, it looks as if the Cardinals are willing to keep a Conservative in the papacy. At least there’s still one place in the world that values traditional conservative values… the Vatican.


  19 comments for “Installing the Pope

  1. Wen
    April 24, 2005 at 3:01 pm

    It looks good Incredipetey! I changed my template and whatnot… and you have your own link there now…

  2. April 24, 2005 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve never really thought about it. I think the reason people are freaking out is because the word of the Pope is infallable. I personally think Catholicism is fucked up, but that’s just me I’m sure.

    It’s all about the condoms, baby.

  3. April 24, 2005 at 3:43 pm

    P.S. I never got my email notification.

  4. Incredipete
    April 24, 2005 at 6:05 pm

    Still in the process of setting up my end of it. Fear not, you shall get notifications…

  5. April 24, 2005 at 6:25 pm

    Ah, I see said the blind man…LOL

  6. April 24, 2005 at 7:19 pm

    Okay, I got the notice…but you didn’t put a link to the site.

    What can I say? I’m lazy.

  7. April 24, 2005 at 7:24 pm

    I suck. I knew I was forgetting something!

  8. April 24, 2005 at 7:57 pm

    I saw some retards on tv last week talking about how they wish the Pope could be “more with the times,” a “Pope for the new millennium.” Do people think some guy is going to be “installed” and all of a sudden decide abortion and homosexuality is ok? I pretty much hate all organized religion (I am one of the kooks on the left, after all), but even I get that he’s supposed to be the one yelling at all his Catholic minions to follow the rules of the church.

    Pope Chad 1 is so much cooler than Benedict the-whatever-number-I-can’t-remember.

  9. April 24, 2005 at 8:01 pm

    Speaking as the atheist representative here … I think it’s about time the Catholic Church updated some of the doctrines that were “installed” based on a society and period of history that has evolved and changed in many ways over the past hundreds of years. Oh, and I found myself using a brand-new oxymoron on the phone yesterday: extremely reasonable

  10. April 24, 2005 at 8:14 pm

    I think the point is that God never changes, so neither should religion. But hey, maybe Chad 1 can talk God into being more progressive.

  11. April 25, 2005 at 6:20 am

    Catholicism put so much into its religion that is NOT in the bible; that’s what needs to change. That and all that “one true religion” crap. Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, end of debate. Period.

  12. April 25, 2005 at 7:18 am

    Why must “Seperation of Church and State” br in the Constitution to be valid?

    I mean there isn’t anything in the Constitution about “Don’t fuck farm animals” but I think that is a pretty valid issue.

    I know a lot of consertives who think sheep are sexy but, Hey! KNOCK IT OFF!! Leave those sheep to their grazing.

    ANd I think the Pope has to be traditional, otherwise I’m sure he would get a different hat. I mean talk about something straight out of the middle ages.

  13. April 25, 2005 at 7:44 am

    First of all, it wasn’t your God who created those doctrines, it was men. Second, dahling, if one is going to truly follow the rules of the Catholic church then one would never engage in premarital sex, hm??? I can’t imagine any Catholic being so hypocritical as to believe it’s acceptable for him/her to pick and choose which of the church’s rules they should obey or disobey. 😉 (and now, having realised she’s finally been dragged into a debate, DK goes back to her Dumb Blonde Act)

  14. April 25, 2005 at 7:57 am


    I would agree with that if I thought that the catholic church doctrine was actually written by God. Church doctrine and about 75% of the King James Bible were written by the church, not the deciples. Read up on the council of Nicea

    Also, I find it slightly humourous that you Conservatives are supportive of the Papacy. Back when Pope John Paul II was making speeches saying that war in Iraq was wrong and imploring Bush to give the Inspectors a chance to find the weapons you conservatives were all “He’s the pope, what the hell does he know? Shut up and mind your business old man!”

  15. April 25, 2005 at 8:31 am

    It’s called “pope-appeal”. Some say Pope St. Deusdedit in 615 had it. Some don’t. But by far I think we can all agree that the Pope with the most “pope-appeal” was definatley Pope Callistus III (1378). They say he could turn his eyelids inside out and he’d freak everybody out during evening confessions-he’d flip his eyelids out and start speaking in tounges just to scare people. Man, one crazy Pope.

    Oh, it’s not called “installing a new Pope”
    It’s called “The Popeification, or being Popeified”

    The more you know….

  16. April 25, 2005 at 11:15 am

    Personally I don’t have A god, I have many. I feel that it is an unnescessary burden on just one god to try and listen to all of the trivial shit I need divine guidence for. Like for instance this morning I needed a rather large nail to emmbed itself into the tire of the guy following to close to me with his brights on…So I said a little prayer to Loki the God of Mischief.

    do you think the kids in Vatican city can rent the Pope Mobile for like prom?

    How cool would that be?
    “Got a limo”
    “hell..I mean Heck no I got the pope mobile!!”


  17. Maryl
    April 25, 2005 at 6:36 pm

    The Pope Rocks!

  18. Wen
    April 25, 2005 at 11:27 pm

    Is it me or does the new pope look like he’d steal your wallet if he had the chance? Seriously, he has a rat face and he scares me.

    But at least no more dead pope on tv. That was starting to creep me out and I make horror movies for a living.

  19. April 26, 2005 at 10:32 am

    My new invention: Pope soap on a rope. That’s money baby. MONEY!

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