April 20, 2005

Another “American” Pope

Another sign of the end of “true” religiosity that was discussed in the comments to my last post is the selection of yet another pope on apparently purely political grounds. One indication of this is the fact that for the second time in a row, after a gap of five hundred years, a non-Italian has been selected as pope. When a five-hundred year old tradition is broken twice in a row, especially by an intrinsically conservative institution such as the Catholic Church, you know something fishy is going on. Pope John Paul II’s primary credential was his anti-communism. He was put on St. Peter’s throne in order to fight for American interests in Eastern Europe, and to make sure the Cold War ends with the US as the undisputed and undisputable winner. He performed his mission in an admirable manner, surpassing all expectations. Benedict XVI’s qualifications, on the other hand, make him suitable for the new phase of the American Empire. Like all Bush appointees, he has impeccable ultra-Right credentials. In the 1960’s he abandoned liberalism in horror on realizing the risk of real freedom inherent in democratic institutions. He probably has a dual mission. One, to turn a blind eye to US atrocities around the world. John Paul II, admittedly, was not quite perfect in the art of turning a blind eye. Second, to re-interpret every atrocity as a good thing. The idea with John Paul II’s selection was that he would fight, on the “spiritual” field, the battle that was on the verge of being lost on the political field. Benedict XVI may have a similar mission, as Europe’s relationship of vassalage to the US has been subject to political and economic threats. The conclave of cardinals that chooses the Pope has become obsolete. From now on, the task should be assigned to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. The Nobel people are much more experienced in the art of selecting winners on the basis of political expediency, as opposed to merit, justice … or peace.


D-radikator said...

I'm not sure that people understand the Catholic church. When I watch television I see people complaining that the church doesn't change and that people are losing their identification with Catholisism due to its "draconian" dogma. In my opinion that's what the church is supposed to be. It's well reasoned philosophy based on firm beliefs. These ideas don't change based on the latest trends. If you don't believe in the fundamentals of Catholisism then you don't belong in the church. If you don't belong in the church, go find what you do belong to.
Regarding the reasons for papal elections? They are based on reasons of faith, not global politics, and certainly not to further American government interests.
These cardinals have spent the majority of their lives practicing Catholisism and have the intellect, training, and temperment required to make these decisions. Think of them as selfless, very very empathetic, loving CEO's. I think it would be ignorant to assume that their thoughts are totally pure and not in any way political, but in the end their resolves are based in their faith, and for them nothing comes before God, not personal agendas, nothing.
Pope Benedict is neither a Bush appointee nor the opposer to liberalism that you claim. The Catholic church believes that god gave us freedom, and it's up to us to regulate ourselves in as much of a Jesus-like manner. They contend that they have the best idea of what that manner is due to the fact that they are the only true christion church, and all others are variations on a theme based on liberal interpretations of their book, the bible. Their interpretations have been passed straight down from those who were there 2000 years ago. Pope Benedict has the job of defending the gospel of Christ and ensuring that these philosophies, and the practices that reflect them, last at least until the end of his tenure.
Good job starting these discussions by the way. It's nice to hear other's point of view as long as they give reasons for them.

Sylvana said...

I was very surprised that they selected such a conservative pope. But I'm not Catholic, so it really doesn't pertain to me.
(got to your site from Next Blog)

Al S. E. said...

Thanks for your comment, Sylvana. The Pope is one of the most powerful political figures in the world. So, in my opinion, who and what he is pertains to everyone, Catholic or not.