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.