I don't have some vendetta against the Catholic Church, although perhaps I could. [That institution is largely to blame for alienating me from a family I used to know.] Point being, I can't blame all of those 6 billion people. Some of them are extremely intelligent - a couple are among my favorite people. So that's my disclaimer for what's next.
From Maureen Dowd's column today:
"The white smoke yesterday signaled that the Vatican thinks what it needs to bring it into modernity is the oldest pope since the 18th century: Joseph Ratzinger, a 78-year-old hidebound archconservative who ran the office that used to be called the Inquisition and who once belonged to Hitler Youth. For American Catholics - especially women and Democratic pro-choice Catholic pols - the cafeteria is officially closed. After all, Cardinal Ratzinger, nicknamed "God's Rottweiler" and "the Enforcer," helped deny Communion rights to John Kerry and other Catholic politicians in the 2004 election."
Sounds like a real winner! I feel sorry for any little girl who grows up as a second-class citizen in her own church. Think about that. I'm just going to stop now before I get ugly. This could go on all day.