Final Thoughts on the Pope, God Bless Him

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:











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Comment by amer chohan on March 2, 2013 at 10:30am

I loved first two and half lined paragraph. Thanks Richard.

Comment by Steph S. on March 2, 2013 at 10:14am

Yes, I know that Loren. It's a rhetorical question. It makes me angry that they get away with this criminal behavior and that they are put on a pedestal and respected.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 2, 2013 at 9:59am

C'mon, Steph, you know the reason as well as I do: because priests, even pedophile priests, are assumed to be RESPECTABLE.  They are HOLY, SACRED, and all those other words whose sole purpose is to place such people, beliefs and practices OFF LIMITS to ordinary people, actions and processes, including those of our criminal justice system.

Until and if those who promote religion and violate criminal law are treated precisely the same as any other offender, this crap will continue.  And I suspect that such an event would be in parallel with the recognition that faith is no virtue.

In the current climate, that's still one hell of a stretch.

Comment by Steph S. on March 2, 2013 at 9:51am

That's just sick how those clergy priests don't get listed on the list of sex offenders - why are they getting away with this?

Comment by Rich Goss on March 1, 2013 at 8:48pm

Beautiful, Steve.  Thanks for the info.  I stand corrected. 

With all the subjective supposition crammed into that little article, it’s a compliment to have just a tiny inaccuracy. 

(I don't suppose we could put FDR in there, definitely a two-term president being he served three plus, Truman who served during two terms '45 to '52, and Ike.) 



Comment by SteveInCO on March 1, 2013 at 8:24pm

To pick a nit, GWB did not become the 43erd president because of the pope's interference in 2004; he was already the 43rd president.  What in fact happened that year was that Kerry failed to become the 44th president, leaving that for Mr. Obama to accomplish.

As a complete aside, assuming Obama finishes his term (quite likely!) this will be only the second time in history we've had three two-term presidents in a row (the first being Jefferson/Madison/Monroe).

Comment by Rich Goss on March 1, 2013 at 6:52pm

Oh, yeah, Joan.  Thanks for the compliment.  You're welcome to republish any of my stuff. 

Comment by Rich Goss on March 1, 2013 at 6:18pm

Thanks to everyone who replied.  To my mind it wasn’t so much that justice wasn’t served in terms of prison sentences, as much as the sneakiness and pathological secrecy of it all.  The pope likes to pull strings to make people jump. 

Sometimes I get mad at how stupid they must think we are.  Especially W. Bush.  Did he really think 9/11 happened because “they were jealous of our freedom?”  It’s bad enough to lie but don’t add insult to injury by thinking they’re all a bunch of idiots.



Comment by Gwaithmir on March 1, 2013 at 5:46pm

The Pope's activities when he was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (formerly the Office of the Inquisition) are enough to condemn his as an international criminal. His participation in the coverup of priestly sex crimes should be officially exposed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2013 at 3:58pm

Dr. Terence Meaden, "We can guess that will be the end of the matter with no police action as usual."   That is exactly why new evidence of old crimes, and insistence on public prosecution is absolutely essential. Terry, you know my story as well as anyone, and silence did absolutely nothing to turn the social mores around until women started to speak out, and victims of priests stated to expose predatory priests. Once the exposures take on a steady beat, it is just a matter of time until we get some teeth in law enforcement and legal sanctions. I know it has been tough on everyone to read my rants, but I can think of no other way to stop such criminal activity. I even received death threats from Facebook readers ... yes ... that is plural! Fear is the second leg of oppression.

Won't it be wonderful if we see the day when these kinds of crimes no longer remain hidden and continue to occur !



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