Pope Benedict XVI is making his first tour of the US this week. He will only be stopping in Washington, DC and New York, but he is hoping the visit will rally Catholics around the US. According to NPR:
At the outset of his papacy, Benedict's focus was on reawakening Europe's Christian roots. He hoped the old continent would become the spearhead of a battle against what he calls the "dictatorship of relativism." But much of Europe rebuffed Benedict. The European Union constitution leaves out any reference to God, and same-sex marriage has been legalized in several countries.
Vatican expert Sandro Magister says that today, Pope Benedict looks to the United States as a beacon for more positive relations between religion and politics.
"Benedict sees the state of religion in America as healthier," Magister says through a translator. "There is separation between church and state there, but the public space allows religion to play an important role."
Jesus H. Christ! You know things in the US are bad when this former Hitler Judge thinks that things look rosy!
OK, first of all . . . what business does the Pope have commenting on the role religion should play in the US? He's not American, he's a former Nazi. Secondly, the First Amendment still exists in theory and is supposed to keep the church and the state separate. The fact that he thinks the church is playing an adequate role in the US (while those heathens in Europe have abandoned it) is really just scary. More scary than the fact that the Pope looks like the Emperor from Star Wars.
"We will absolutely exclude pedophiles from the sacred ministry," he told reporters on his flight to Washington.
The Church will do everything possible in screening candidates for the priesthood, he said, "so that only really sound persons can be admitted."
"It is more important to have good priests than to have many priests," said Benedict, who will be welcomed by U.S. President George W. Bush on arrival at Andrews Air Force Base.
How are they going to do that if they don't allow gays to be ordained? Statistically, heterosexual males are the majority of child molesters. So if they root out the pedophiles, they are basically making it impossible to have any priests since gays aren't allowed to be ordained. Sounds like a mathematical impossibility if you ask me.
Anyhoo hoo, here's Margaret Cho's take on the Vatican.