As I watched Pope Benedict's helicopter sail off from Vatican City with an escort of angels taking him to some forlorn monastery, I wished the fuckin’ thing would crash! No bull. Hey, I’m a nice guy. Did I really write that? I sure did, underscored and I’ll put in bold print.
I’m a proponent of chaos theory. The flap of a butterfly’s wing can cause cataclysmic changes given time and distance. A seemingly insignificant event can change the world and the course of history. A good example is Archduke Ferdinand’s chauffeur checking a map after getting lost in Sarajevo and taking the exact street which would lead him directly in front of the café where Gavrito Princip was enjoying coffee after a hectic day. We all know what happened. In less than five years, 137 million people were either killed or wounded, a half million in this country and we were in it only one year.
That’s chaos theory. If the chauffeur had gotten discouraged and given up, even World War II might not have happened. In fact, all our lives have been changed by a lowly chauffeur 99 years ago.
When the moron was running against Senator Kerry in 2004, some staff member got the bright idea of soliciting Pope John Paul II’s support. Bush was losing only slightly and an extra nudge might push him over the victory line. As it turned out, he won by a slim majority.
The idea was to use the abortion issue as a carrot to bait the pope into using his power as a world leader to exhort and solicit votes for the incumbent president. John Paul II referred the request for support to a cryptic Vatican society called Opus Dei whose director at the time happened to be a Cardinal Ratzinger. Dutifully, the cardinal saw the political “writing on the wall” and mailed out letters to all American bishops. The instruction was to use their religious and political influence to get their parishioners to vote for W. I can see it in my mind, these righteous scum bags haranguing and berating church-goers about abortion. “Abortion is abomination,” right? Therefore God demands you vote for Bush.
The sermons were so galvanizing and stimulating that thousands of Catholics jumped on the Bush bandwagon. It was more than enough to determine the outcome. W. Bush was again the 43rd president due to Ratzinger’s power and interference. The direction of the world was emphatically determined—the path toward more war and more corporate profits for the military and defense industries. Since Bush was elected the country and the world have suffered immeasurable adversities, including thousands of American kids killed, maimed or psychologically traumatized—not to mention trillions of dollars in destroyed materiel.
It’s the underhandedness and secrecy that pisses me off. Same thing in the California Proposition 8 issue last year, the gay right to marry bill. The pope had his long pious fingers pulling strings in that one also. We all know what happened.
To sprinkle salt on the wound and twist the knife, Pope John Paul II died the next year and who should miraculously become pope? Ratzinger.
Are you ready? Pope Benedict XVI capriciously decided to visit the U.S. as his predecessor was a world traveler. As soon as he landed in Dulles International Airport, President George Walker Bush, the 43rd president of the United State, all smiles and gooey gratitude, came running out, and would have kissed the holy father on the lips (French style) if given the chance. In doing so, Bush broke all historical protocol; an American president never has left the White House purposely to greet somebody.
Here’s the whopper. See if you still admire and respect the Pope Emeritus after this one:
THERE ARE NO PRIESTS OR OTHER CLERGY LISTED ON THE NATIONAL LIST OF SEX OFFENDERS.