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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Something You Didn't Know About Pope Benedict

(Welcome Anchoress and Terra Nova readers!)

For one, I bet you didn't know how Pope Benedict XVI got his present gig...exactly.

Fear not! Wikipedia, as usual, comes to our rescue.



The obvious part of this Wikijacking (yes dammit, a coinage) is that the majority of Roman Catholics will either gasp, or laugh, or possibly call their family over to come look, quick! before someone changes it back again.

The more outraged amongst us might possibly, say, if it's not too late, and you don't have to go to work tomorrow because you're a trust fund baby like some lucky people I could mention, fire off a quick, disgusted email to Wikipedia to bring this matter to their attention.

But that's about it.

No protests, no calls for anyone's head, no tirades about this Wikijacking being a consequence of letting the crazies run the nuthouse.

I hesitate to use "vast majority" in any sentence, but let's face it: the vast majority of Christian folk just let stuff go, in this day and age. I've spoken endlessly about this on the blog, in the past.

We are used to people firing off their witty guns at our general direction now going on 300 years. And frankly, this Wiki-Voltaire who dared to poke fun at our Pope, is almost tame in comparison to some other stuff we could mention.

That's why we let it go.

Apart from having a sense of humour, proportion, and equitable temper, that is.

So think of this last sentence of mine, as you read tomorrow's headlines when the Pope pays a State Visit to Turkey, despite the Turkish Prime Minister not being there during the 3-day visit (he got busy).

I'm sure you'll find his reception there, has been met with the same laid-back attitude, as we Catholic Wikipedia readers adopt whenever we hear stuff about us which may be a teency bit misconstrued.

Note to Turks about the EU: Even if you treat him badly, or God forbid, something really bad happens whilst he's there, we will still probably accept you into the European Union. 'Cause that's what being European means.

UPDATE: Okay, if a noted blogger recently read this blogpost, and she didn't get it, perhaps I was a touch too coy.

If you didn't already do so, click on the Wikipedia image link above. If you're lazy, here is what the second paragraph said:

The Pope was elected after giving blowjobs to all of the electing cardinals.

Now you know why the Conclave doors never blow their seal.

6 Comments:

  • Althouse posted something about the pregnancy of the young (15!) actress playing Mary in the new movie The Nativity. A commenter made a casual reference to the Pope possibly not attending the premiere of the movie at the Vatican because of his taking offense of this, a notion I saw attributed to anonymous sources in the Variety article I read.

    Of course that's why the Pope refused to attend! It couldn't possibly be because he was in Turkey! Never in all of his life has he been scandalized by something as, uh, scandalous, as a young unwed mother! Never would he think of putting the teachings of Jesus and reach out to a sinner and bring comfort! Better to boycott anything that harlot had touched! That's how you get to be leader of the Catholic church!

    And now this Wikipedia entry.

    Jeepers, but the anti-Catholic prejudice is thick.

    By Blogger Pete, at Tue Nov 28, 05:55:00 am GMT-5  

  • Pete! First of all, thanks for the linkback. Second of all, love the hair. ;)

    (NOT)

    Althouse posted something about the pregnancy of the young (15!) actress playing Mary in the new movie The Nativity.

    I looked it up. The girl is indeed 16, but she's also the product of unwed parents herself.

    IMDB commenters seem to think she might therefore think it's no biggie, but this begs the question, how young was she, when she began trying to make babies? Blimey.

    At the age of 16, I was still playing with my Barbies.

    A commenter made a casual reference to the Pope possibly not attending the premiere of the movie at the Vatican because of his taking offense of this, a notion I saw attributed to anonymous sources in the Variety article I read.

    In fairness, it seems to be a general impulse when commenting, since I have seen upteen number of similar remarks on IMDB.

    Of course that's why the Pope refused to attend! It couldn't possibly be because he was in Turkey! Never in all of his life has he been scandalized by something as, uh, scandalous, as a young unwed mother! Never would he think of putting the teachings of Jesus and reach out to a sinner and bring comfort! Better to boycott anything that harlot had touched! That's how you get to be leader of the Catholic church!

    LOL. Quite. :)

    Of course, that is the reason. Especially since the Cardinal of Mexico is about to present the Vatican with a report said to relax the stricture against condoms.

    It would make no sense to appear doctrinal about the one thing, when you're just up and volte-facing about the general topic.

    And now this Wikipedia entry.

    Yeah. Listen, we're used to it. If you make a big fuss over it, you're the one without the sense of humour.

    And I did laugh. For a moment.

    Jeepers, but the anti-Catholic prejudice is thick.

    You know, people with a progressive world view are the ones leading the charge on this anti-Catholicism. The ones to whom secularism is deeply important not just at the State level, but at the social level.

    And for whatever reason, they are also the ones who seem to be more anti-Israel, than those on the Right.

    Anti-Catholic. Anti-"Hebrew".

    Is it me, or are today's liberals turning into Paleo-Cons? Sheesh.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 28, 11:51:00 am GMT-5  

  • "You" in my response, being "one", not you you Pete. ;)

    Just to make it crystal clear, and all.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 28, 11:52:00 am GMT-5  

  • Welcome back, Sweetie! The prayers will continue, though...

    By Anonymous Darrell, at Wed Nov 29, 01:07:00 am GMT-5  

  • No. There are plenty of Europeans determined not to let the Turks enter the EU. It's NOT the European thing to do to accomodate their each and every selfish, aggressive and exploitative wish.

    If it still happens, it will, in the medium term, bring down the EU and cause terrible havoc in Europe. In fact, I know about a British conservative Member of the European Parliament who supports Turkish EU accession because it will spell doom for the, in his view, entirely pernicious EU.

    Michael (Germany)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Nov 29, 12:20:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Well, that is one way to win an election.

    By Blogger Michael, at Thu Nov 30, 12:06:00 pm GMT-5  

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