It's not even gay marraige
Creep factors I and II:
Many blame Ratzinger for decrees from Rome barring Catholic priests from counseling pregnant teens on their options and blocking German Catholics from sharing communion with their Lutheran brethren at a joint gathering in 2003.
Creep Factor III:
John Paul II named him leader of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1981, where he was responsible for enforcing Catholic orthodoxy and was one of the key men in the drive to shore up the faith of the world's Roman Catholics.
I have not been able to confirm that the office he was in charge of for 20 years was the Inquisition, but that would be Creep Factor IV.
Creep Factor V
Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, was raised Catholic but left the church in 1986 after former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger -- the new Pope Benedict XVI -- issued a letter to the bishops on the "pastoral care of homosexual persons." The letter described gays as "intrinsically disordered" and homosexuality as a "tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil."
the gay marraige thing is moot compared to that. To reguard homosexuals as permently on tenterhooks because one slip into sexuality is evil is essentially a negative view of sexuality and of life--no matter what he may say to the contrary.
And I could have gone for a pope from the impovrished 3rd world. Instead of the same old same old.
The sad truth is that the Catholic Church is out of step with many of us, religious or not. And this "moral relitivism" crap that he espouses sounds an awful lot like "We're right, you're wrong, neener, neener, neener."
And he may not have done anything as pope
but he's done plenty as a cardinal. And I think that counts, just like GWBs executions and drug use.
But he does look kinda dottering. . .
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