Tuesday, March 19, 2013

So, That Happened

The 266th Successor to the Prince of the Apostles*, Christ's Vicar on Earth, Gloriously Reigning, the new Patriarch of the West Francis I got installed in a hugely ritualistic ceremony at the Vatican City-State today.

*(not counting the various antipopes, of course)

They waited until today for the workers to finish installing him, and you can almost see the cable trailing behind.  The ceremony was all ritual and magic incantations, fitting for the Byzantine/Medieval foundations of the Church.

In his homily, the new Pope talked about protecting the weak and defenseless as part of the Catholic Church's traditional mission.  Well, maybe so; it certainly hasn't been a shining example over the past few decades:

Supporting the military juntas in Argentina, El Salvador and other places;

Supporting and concealing pedophile priests; and so on.

If he thinks his job is to reform the Church, Frankie's got his work cut out for him.


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