1. dean says

    Old bigoted misogynist protector of pedophiles retires. Group of his peers meet, wear stupid clothes, and select a member of the same closed society as a replacement. But, since they used white smoke, people think it must be special.
    Will anything change? Likely not. Abuse of children by priests will be considered wrong only as it influences the flow of money into the church’s coffers: no serious efforts will be taken to deal with the offenders (see increasing problems with them in Germany, despite the “no tolerance” smokescreen. Women will still be valued only as long as they are happy to serve as docile receptacles of semen and vessels for fetuses (only in marriage, of course: otherwise they are scum), but when they attempt to enter discussion of social, economic, or philosophical issues, they will be belittled and quieted, as always.

    (Posted this elsewhere as well.)

  2. Ulysses says

    Another conservative, homophobic, misogynist god-botherer. The only unusual thing about him is he isn’t European, although he is white.

  3. says

    And, it turns out that he isn’t ethnically Argentinian: his parents were both Italian immigrants and he grew up speaking Italian at home. Alas, he is just as white and just as European as all of his predecessors. And apparently, he was one of the most conservative cardinals in the conclave.

    If anyone is hoping for some kind of change for the better, you can start breathing now: it is only going to get worse.

  4. Joan says

    We have plenty of smoke to announce the new pope
    And some bells too, for those who are hearers.
    Yet transparency still seems to be a big joke.
    No surprise that they left out the mirrors.

  5. moarscienceplz says

    One only hopes,
    As they change out the Popes
    That the stench around Ratzi can go.
    No more priestly rapists
    Embraced by these Papists
    As they dance the new Vatican Tango.

  6. says

    My hope for a lesbian African
    Has been dashed by another old white man.
    I should know tradition would stay
    The abuse will not go away.
    Just another day in the Vatican

  7. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    Habemus papem

    Sadly, it’s actually “papam”, which messes up the rhyme.

  8. says

    Apparently, the Cardinals didn’t have much choice but to elect Bergoglio: he was apparently the first runner-up in last season’s finale of Vatican Idol, and if the winner cannot fulfil his duties….

  9. rikitiki says

    Repost of a comment I left at Ed’s –

    This is just a “New Coke / Old Coke” rebranding of the RCC – We love our third-world Catholics, see?!”
    I figure this new guy will die/be-quietly-killed within 1 -to- 2 years and then they’ll elect someone
    from Africa to cover all the bases towards Catholics/converts in the market area where they still
    have some influence.

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