I never liked him, as soon as I found out he was part of some Nazi camp as a kid (which I don't believe he was "forced" into..but whatever). He's a joke as much as the Vatican itself.
Oh, I don't believe for a second he was forced into it either. His papacy made me especially sick because of my family being concentration camp survivors. He looks like a golem to me.
I also agree that the celibacy thing won't stop the raping of little children. People who are not under vows of celibacy who have families have been pederasts. And you (and Bill Maher) are right: it probably is a good cover for pederasts because of the church's own version of the blue wall of silence. And it really gets me how the priests can just go to confession and get moved around, without the authorities getting called. If I knew of a crime being committed like that and did nothing, I could be charged as an accessory. Priests get to be told of rapes, molestations, murders and robberies, and they aren't compelled to go to the police with this information and face no retribution for it. Why are priests exempt of such laws?
Why not? Look at how Vatican City got its start.....aligning itself with Mussolini and supporting fascism. With a blueprint like that, I'm not surprised the popes since then have gotten caught up in various unsavory, unholy, unGod-like situations. By any means necessary as they say. Have to keep that money rolling in after all. I have zero faith that the new pope will be any better. Not when the people electing him are the same ones that have been apart of this mess. I turned in my Catholic card almost a decade ago (I'm in my late 20s), and I'm embarrassed I didn't do it sooner.
Oh I understand all of that, I just don't know how anyone of good conscience could continue to go to the church knowing all of these atrocities and scandals the people at the top are constantly involved in. The new pope won't be any better- he's just as full of hate for all kinds of people (i.e. gays, women) as the last one. I left the church when I was six after my cousin committed suicide and they wouldn't bury her in a Catholic cemetery. That was my personal "this is bullshit" moment.
Pre-nups wouldn't help with children inheriting. That's always the reason I thought the rule was changed. The church wanted to hold onto all the property & wealth. Look at all the opulence on display for this conclave. Think of the good that could be done through Catholic charities out in the world with the money selling off some treasures would bring.
But they don't really seem to want to help the poor. They want them to accept their lot in life and give what little pittance they have to the church. Look at Mother Theresa. She would re-use needles until they could no longer puncture skin, when she actually did allow people to have medications, despite having thousands upon thousands of dollars in medical supplies from donations. She denied treatment to people with treatable infections because she wanted them to die with Christ, not survive and live their lives. She would even deny people visitors when they were dying. Yet this woman is seen as a saint and a hero. The church care not about the poor, just the money they can make off of them.
Edited by Myndela, Mar 14, 2013 @ 9:23 PM.