Monday, 28 September 2015

The Irrational Exuberance of Papal Fever

Space Pope by lobs2 via deviantart

The United States is in the grips of an outbreak of Pontifcalitis (Papal Fever).

Symptoms include the suspension of rational thought, promotion of wilful ignorance, irrational exuberance, and taxpayer-funded events with a wanton disregard for the First Amendment (or similar local laws).

Papal Fever is common around the world when an old, white, male virgin (the head of an organisation that has, in the past, waged bloody wars and tortured unbelievers and to this day, protects men who rape children) visits a locality and waves to crowds from the comfort of his air-conditioned bullet-proof and blast-resistant vehicle.

He then proceeds to lecture audiences on helping the poor (even though his church is wealthy enough to have literally hundreds of millions of euros "tucked away"), sex (even though he is a virgin) and being nicer to immigrants (the Vatican City is probably the world's most difficult nation to gain citizenship of). The current outbreak of Papal Fever is not only confined to the United States and has been caused by apparent humility and goodwill of the current Pope.

Recommended treatment is some critical thinking and some hard facts:
  1. Despite his positive rhetoric, the Catholic church still actively obstructs non-church investigations into clergy abuse. 
  2. The Church still actively relocates pedophile priests.
  3. On this most recent trip to the US, the Pope praised bishops and empathised with them for their handling of abuse cases prior to meeting with a few abuse victims on the final day of the trip. Additionally, not all the victims he met were victims of clergy abuse.
  4. This Pope is no "radical", he is (unsurprisingly) a very conservative Catholic who says less-bad things than his predecessors and colleagues from time to time.
  5. The Pope stands by bishops' condemnation of abortion and gay marriage. 
If pain persists, use your brain.

Oh, and read this, the last thing I wrote about the current Pope.

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