Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: Pope Ratzinger?
The more I hear about this guy, the more incredulous I become. The Catholic church is shedding something like 25 million adherents a year, and that is just in the Western Hemisphere. Most of the Catholics I know, simply ignore all the far-right wing stuff, and go about their lives, using Catholicism as a supermarket where they pull of the shelf the stuff they find useful and leave the rest. How a guy like this is a solution to those problems is a complete mystery to me - in Europe, where the population is way more liberal than here, it is becoming outright rejection of Catholicism in its entirety. This is what you get when a bunch of befuddled dudes get together and try to take us back along with them to their second childhoods.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address