Crewmannumber6: Not as edgy or controvercial as I would have liked. If there is a reformation contigent in the cloister that wants to shake things up, this could be fun.
Baron Harkonnen: Now, back when Pope Benedictine XVI was still Cardinal Ratzinger, he convinced John Paul II to put him in charge of investigating sex crimes within the church. Before that, there was no investigative office for sex crimes. None. Benedictine created the office and took responsibility upon himself. All the time John Paul II was standing up to Communism, standing up for Poland, nearly getting shot to death, and generally acting like a superhero, all of this stuff was brewing in the background, and not being taken care of by John Paul II. At the time Benedictine XVI went after some very high-profile targets. There was incredible political pressure from the Vatican to back off going all the way up to John Paul II himself. I know some people want to hang responsibility for some of the cases that were mishandled on his shoulders, but if it weren't for Benedictine, I'm sure that most of the crimes he investigated wouldn't have been investigated. So I have respect for the man.And I'm not a Catholic. And I don't really like the Catholic church that much. I do think John Paul II represents a high-water mark for the Catholic church. After him, I think it's a downward spiral for that faith until the Catholic Pope has as much worldwide influence as the Coptic Pope.
jumac: hdhale: For a guy who figured on being a "temp" for several years until he passed on and someone emerged who would be able to to take the helm of the Church for the next couple of decades or so, he did ok. Yes, I'm aware of all the allegations made about him before he became Pope.martid4: Jesus H. Christ, aren't these guys a little old to be in college?Their college is older than yours. Have you not heard of continuing adult education? ;-)ismakes one wounder was this all planned form the begining. maybe he was told ok your going be pope for a few yearsbut once we find a able body person who will be a better fit then you retired and get all this for doing it.
martid4: Jesus H. Christ, aren't these guys a little old to be in college?
ChrisDe: Just to irritate conservatives, I'd like to see the College of Cardinals elect Obama as the next Pope.
Baron Harkonnen: Benedictine
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