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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Absolutely THE BEST Pope Commentary EVER

Without comment, I offer the following bits from James Lileks:

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 there 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 sacreligious: 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?

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To those who want profound change, consider an outsider’s perspective: the Catholic Church is the National Review of religion. You may live long enough to see it become the Weekly Standard. In your dreams it might become the New Republic. But it’s never going to be the Nation. And if ever it does, it will have roughly the same subscriber base.

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The election of Ratzinger to the papacy has disappointed the Ordination of Catholic Women who were hoping to begin a modern era with a new pope.Habeum pap. Note: every era is the modern era to the people who inhabit it; a “modern” pope in 1937 would have announced that godless collectivism was the wave of the future, and ridden the trains to Auschwitz standing on top, holding gilded reins, whooping like Slim Pickens. The defining quality of 20th century modernity is impatience, I think – the nervous, irritated, aggravated impulse to get on with the new now, and be done with those old tiresome constraints. We’re still in that 20th century dynamic, I think, and we will be held to it until something shocks us to our core. Say what you will about Benedict v.16, but he wants there to be a core to which we can be shocked. And I prefer that to a tepid slurry of happy-clappy relativism that leads to animists consecrating geodes beneath the dome of St. Peter's. That will probably happen eventually, but if we can push it off for a century or two, good.


Tlaloc said...

It seems reasonable for a reactionary heavily authoritarian church to select a conservative rigid pope. That's the path they've chosen. However I do wish that when Catholics boast about the 1 billion members they have they'd add in a caveat about how three quarters of them aren't really adherents to catholicism except in name.

Hunter Baker said...

Another point of agreement, at least tenuously so. I'd put the figure at about 40% REAL Catholics out of the number claimed.

Tlaloc said...

60% vs 75%? Yeah I can live with that given the anecdotal nature of both figures.

Oh an in case you are thinking of looking at my blog you may want to hold off as the last few posts have been unkind toward the National Review.

Hunter Baker said...

I checked the blog. Visually disorienting, but with a definite editorial POV.

Anonymous said...

"...animists consecrating geodes beneath the dome of St. Peter's. That will probably happen eventually, but if we can push it off for a century or two, good."

In its elevation last year of the divorced, sodomistic, outspokenly pro-abortion Gene Robinson to a bishopric, one might say that the Episcopal church has already lapped you! As for Roman Catholicism, my money remains on Matthew 16:18.