Pope John Paul the second is being remembered today in Rome. Catholics all over can't wait to make this man a Saint. As a dude who is still trying to excise Catholicism from his psyche, I will say that my departure from the Church was hastened by his actions. It was of course inevitable, but I might just have lasted long enough to get confirmed and claim the gifts that come to the newly confirmed in my rather large Irish Catholic extended family. What am I referring to? What on earth was such a blight on this "holy man"'s legacy?
Well for one, he put into place the policies that kept pederast priests in circulation. That they could still yet work with children, so long as no one knew. He also saved Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston from potential prosecution by giving him a cushy job in rome. Not that he was going to get put in the can for it. The Massachusetts attorney general is a Catholic.
Also under his direction, missionaries in Africa told their parishioners that condoms provide no protection against HIV, and that abstinence was the only way... because teaching abstinance has always worked, remember?
The law of God is higher than the law of Man, they say. And they say that the Pope speaks infallibly. So is that higher than law? Or truth? Or human dignity?
Even if absolute power doesn't corrupt absolutely in this case, it's still a shitty idea.
So I finally got my laptop back. Spending a lot of time just downloading all the Windows Updates.
Got a new IM client though. gAIM is the real deal.
Daaaaaaamn its weird typing on this tiny keyboard after so long.
Didn't prank or get pranked at all this April Fools. Was considering doing something here but didn't really form any good ideas and figured that a pronouncement of my death would have been in poor taste.
Enjoyed the hell out of Miz Bohemia's Spain rant
Hope that doesn't mean it's Schadenfreude. Just love the tone that chica takes when she flies into a rage.
Alice has reopened the discussion of rape. I don't think I have anything to add to the discussion, but it's more than worth a read, as is Pia's response at BIO
Jason catalogues a vindictive act which has my full support.
As for me? I need to get the hell out of this house and get some Frisbee going, but no one around here seems to be on it.