Regardless of the
- disgust, hatred, bad feelings/vibes and other negative gut feelings,
- lack of trust in a person supposed to represent God (not a holy man) on earth (an insult to the Church universal)
- and possibly legal action by the Common Law Court of Justice (itccs.org) regarding child abuse charges (thanks Richard Dawkins)
against Ratzinger, we must laugh at, mock and even shame him. The Onion gladly took care of the latter. I chose an article explaining how spoken material is delivered to the pope (no Holy Spirit inspiration, but rather writers)
“According to papal sources, the Vatican’s staff of prayer writers meets every day to brainstorm, write, and edit catechetical materials for the Pontiff. The head prayer writer and prayer-writing assistant then meet with Pope Benedict in his office to deliver completed speeches, discuss upcoming liturgies, and receive edits on sermon drafts.
In addition, the head prayer writer is responsible for reviewing prayer submission packets–typically consisting of one full sermon, 10 possible titles for open-air masses, and 10 tweet options for the papal Twitter account–and hiring new writers for the team in the case of an opening.
After sitting with his team of writers for approximately seven minutes and warmly reminiscing about a certain humorously botched sermon from 2009, the Pope told the group of young men and women in their late 20s and early 30s to ‘be good’ before bidding them all farewell and exiting the room.”
Pope Benedict Stops By Prayer Writers’ Room To Say Goodbye (Feb 28, 2013)
and a second simply making fun of religion or perhaps the pope’s own religious beliefs (if any).
“For the past eight years, it has been my distinct pleasure to serve as head of the Roman Catholic Church. Spreading the message of the Bible around the world and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ is an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. Honestly, I had a ball. But at some point, you just have to face the facts and realize that you can’t play make-believe forever.
Hey, everyone has to grow up eventually–it’s just a part of life. And several weeks ago, I decided it was time for me to finally move on and put all this pretend, fantasy stuff behind me.”
Being Pope Was Great, But You Can’t Play Make-Believe Forever (Feb 28, 2013) by Benedict XVI
When mockery makes sense (The Onion, among others), it’s a time for change for the Church. Maybe this year’s Lent will be the best as even the biggest denomination in the Church will purge its impurities (Ratzinger). Would this be start of PROTESTANTISM II, PROTESTANT REFORMATION II, COUNTER-REFORMATION II or simply the DEATH OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH?
By the way, read the influence of Protestanism by country with numbers and statistics provided by the US Census Bureau (2005 estimates) and Population Reference Bureau (2011 estimates). For the curious, the US has 165,653,774 Protestants (55% of its population) followed by the UK with 36,000,000 (60%).