The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 April 2005

And the ursines remain on the sylvan glades

Is the Pope Catholic? Yes, and this simple fact seems to have upset the Usual Suspects.

Lileks' take is instructive:

The selection of Ratzinger was initially heartening, simply because he made the right people apoplectic. I'm still astonished that some can see a conservative elevated to the papacy and think: a man of tradition? As Pope? How could this be? As if ... this was some golden moment that would usher in the age of married priests who shuttle between blessing third-trimester abortions and giving last rites to someone who's about to have the chemical pillow put over his face. At the risk of sounding sacrilegious: it's the Catholic Church, for Christ's sake! You're not going to get someone who wants to strip off all the Baroque ornamentation of St. Peter's and replace them with IKEA wine racks, okay?

Too facile, you think?

Yes, yes, easy for me to say, it's not my church. New age of oppression and intolerance, and all that. Write me when hot-eyed Jesuits walk into a mosque in Qom with ten pounds of Semtex strapped to their chest.

Naw. He's got them dead to rights.

Note to those of you in the cafeteria line: The Church owes you nothing. It was here first.

Posted at 7:42 AM to Immaterial Witness