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19 April 2005 @ 12:24 pm
Not amused  
One of the only cardinals opposed to interspiritual dialogue in Africa and Asia, who publicly criticized Buddhism as "mental masturbation", is now Pope Benedict XVI. The fact that he looks an awful lot like Emperor Palpatine has not escaped anyone.

I remain steadfast in my hope that he can be shown the error of his ways, and that Nostradamus was wrong.
Current Mood: troubled
Angharad Elwesangharad on April 19th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
Memo to self: look up whether papal infallibility is retroactive.
masui on April 19th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
You still had hope for Catholicism?
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on April 19th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)
Not really - now my hope lies with the Jesuits.
Do You Wanna Be Free or You Wanna Be Right?malcubed on April 20th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
But only the ones with machine guns, right?
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on April 20th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
You mean there are Jesuits without machine guns?
Nightwalkerhalfawake on April 19th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
I think it's somewhat ironic that we get a new pope that looks a lot like Emperor Palpatine just a little over a month before EP III comes out.

Still, I'm not at all surprised that the catholic church is getting more and more conservative. I think decent conservatives who aren't rabid Bushites or Catholics should rebel; they're being given a bad name.
iophaiopha on April 19th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Devourdiscoflamingo on April 19th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
You. Totally. Win.
Happylittledevilhappy_l_devil on April 19th, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC)
I concur. The palpatine thing is terrifying frankly, and I'm really getting tired of influential extreme-conservatives. Also, I keep thinking of the hyperion series with the crucifixes and the anti-pope and the whole thing.
Xedoxedo_bubbleman on April 20th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
As a Catholic, I do agree that he's troubling... I'm getting tired of reading the word 'hardliner' in every description of him. But the big difference between this guy and JPII is that he's 78 years old, not 58. This guy isn't going to be establishing policy for the next 26 years, he's not going to be a fixture of the world for the next generation, the way JP was around since before we were born. He's a transition pope, and we'll be seeing another conclave in a decade, plus or minus a few years. And maybe next time, it'll be one of the Latin American cardinals from Brazil or Honduras.

And since when has hope NOT rested with the Jesuits? Seriously :)

P.S. On the whole empire thing... Are you all aware that this guy was a Hitler Youth? Although he only by law, and he defected when he had his chance. It's still creepy.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on April 20th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
I read a lot about him on the way to the papal elections; creepy, but also impressive in demonstrating his moral fortitude.

His statements today seem to intimate that he is more interested in preserving the legacy of John Paul II than beginning his own, which is mildly comforting.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on April 20th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)
That's also awesome. I didn't know you could page backwards through previous definitions.
Dr. Xsinister_dr_x on April 22nd, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
assume you went all the way
Assume you checked out the prophecy of the popes or st. malachy

and it's important to note that nostradamus did borrow the prophecy.