Phrases you never expect to hear in news coverage of the Pope's visit to America: "Oh yea. That's the money shot right there." - Headline News Vatican Priest Reporter on Headline News.
I swear, I shot water out my nose.
So...I've avoided posting about the Pope. Mostly, I've avoided it because I've been focused on the FLDS thing and work, but I find that I can't get these images of Pope devotion (which I'm going to affectionately begin referring to as "PopeDevo") out of my head. I'm watching these huge, screaming and crying crowds who gather to see him and it reminds me of a few other "rallies" I've had the distinct displeasure of seeing. It's like a holy football game and the Pope Mobile is the pigskin. All eyes on the pig skin.
Other thoughts of a PopeDevo nature:
1. Five people. He met with FIVE "survivors" of pedophile priests. Call me crazy, but I'm just not sure that's enough to absolve him of his responsibility for the situation. Ratzinger was charged with "dealing with" these priests. That was his job for the majority of the 80's and 90's. And, rather than pull these priests out of churches, he shuffled them around like peas in the shell game. He hid them. And, above all, he lived by the oath of protecting the Vatican and the Catholic Church....even if that meant losing these children and families who devoted their lives and income to the Church. Frankly, I don't know that any Catholic priest will understand what it's like to have a child who's molested by someone you (as a parent) vested with trust and God's power. This is partially why I think priests should be allowed to marry and have children. How can they possibly understand how much you suffer when your children suffer? Five people out of tens of thousands... I know some are applauding him for this, but I say it's too little, too late.
2. Fifty disabled children line up to be blessed by the Pope at St. Joseph's Seminary. Funny. I didn't see any wheelchairs and crutches outside the back door. But, that's not the part that really bothers me. What really bothers me, having known people with truly disabled children, is the knowledge that they funded those trips on their own. I suppose it's possible there were "love offerings" collected for them in parish churches, but...could that money have been spent better? Believe in God or don't believe in God - what good is a blessing from the Pope going to do for these kids? Will they walk? Will they talk? Will there be any measurable improvement to justify taking them out of their environment and spending money on the trip? $2000 can buy a lot of physical and occupational therapy.
3. He still looks like Emperor Palpatine to me.
4. I will give credit where it's due. Going to offer greetings to the Jewish community for Passover was classy. But, then some snotty witch said, in the commentary, "It's us against them. This is about joining hands with those who believe in our God to fight the culture of death." Buzz kill! So, basically, Palpatine is forming an empire to overthrow the republic? Does this make Richard Dawkins the Yoda of atheism? Is Christopher Hitchens Han Solo? No. Wait. Hitchens is definitely the wookie. I'll just say up front: I'm not sleeping in a dead Taun Taun.
5. I'll give bonus points (which mean nothing in real life) to whoever can photoshop a picture of the Pope with a Devo hat.