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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Resigned But Not Happy About It

Someone's pissed.

The Pope’s Resignation By Maggie Gallagher

Peggy Noonan writes about the shock of learning the Pope will resign. I’ve been mulling it over the past few days. With deep gratitude to Pope Benedict and with recognition of his humility and that he probably knows better than I do about what’s best for the Church (he is the Pope after all) — still, I don’t like it. I’ve been trying to figure out why. And I think it is this: The Pope is not just a leader of a religious organization, he’s our father. I don’t want our father to resign from that position. It feels like abandonment.

Not saying I’m right, mind you. Just naming what I suspect a lot of us feel about why this feels shocking. God bless him.

She didn't actually say "Bless his heart" but it was close.

I love the fake humility. What happened to God's will, or even the Pope's infallibility? No, Ms. Gallagher knows better. He should have stayed. Instead the pope abandoned her, just like all the other men in her life. And here she is, once again, alone.

Bless her heart.


Ken Houghton said...

Long before that, he abandoned all the victims of Church-supported pederasty by turning a blind eye to any investigation.

Now, has Cardinal Law declared he wants him to move aside so that he can take his own "well-earned" Victory Lap?

Duncan Mitchel said...

That's a very interesting article on Maggie Gallagher. Thanks for linking to it.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

He retired to spend more time with his family?

Tommykey said...

Maggie Gallagher is K-Lo if K-Lo had actually gotten married and had kids.

Tommykey said...

still, I don’t like it. I’ve been trying to figure out why. And I think it is this: The Pope is not just a leader of a religious organization, he’s our father. I don’t want our father to resign from that position. It feels like abandonment.

In summary, Gallagher wants poor Joseph Ratzinger to stay on the job until the poor bastard works himself to death. So much for caring about his health and wellbeing.

Philboid Studge said...

Pope's infallibility has nothing to do with it, since it applies only when he is speaking ex cathedra (from the golden toilet seat).
You meant the pope's inflammability, which means he can't be fired.

Anonymous said...

Also, sounds a little like an Electra complex to me....

Anonymous said...

I find all the folks using the word "humility" when discussing Benedict's resignation to be kind of odd. They don't realize it, but they're implying something about the other Pop's who clung to office. John Paul II was so far gone that even the Vatican had no choice but to admit he had Parkinsons. He could barely talk and he could barely walk, yet he stayed on. If Benedict's resignation shows humility, what did JP2's non-resignation show?

aimai said...

Good catch. I think that Maggie is expressing (obliquely) something she (and KLO) have been repressing for a long time: a sense of disgust and anger that there are clearly two sets of rules--one for men and one for women. The Catholic church doesn't let Maggie, or KLO, retire from being failed moral scolds leading meaningless, cold, no-sex lives. They don't ever get to decide for themselves what is right or wrong--even for their own bodies and their own lives. So where does the Pope get off retiring and putting his burdens down?

Maggie's right, in a sense, to be discomfitted that when the metaphor like family and the idea of solidarity and suffering have been used for so long to keep women in their place its hard to swallow how easily a man gets to drop his burden and move on. I think that is also behind so many of the bizarre statements about how "self sacrificing" the pope is being in dropping the vestments. They can't admit that he was, in fact, selfish and self centered and power hungry during his tenure as pope. They have to represent it as a burden that was thrust upon him rather than an enjoyable excercise of authoritarian power which he both sought and used with glee.

Susan of Texas said...

K-Lo said, "John Paul taught us how to die. Pope Benedict shows us how to step aside in humility and love."

It's pretty impressive; K-Lo doesn't turn a hair when she contradicts everything she's ever said before. Evidently Pope Benedict didn't get the how-to--die memo and therefore God called upon him to give a lesson in quitting work when he can't work anymore.

I don't think this will change K-Lo's views on Social Security, unfortunately.

tobymarx said...

Have you read the latest statements by Cardinal Mahoney, in which he forgives his accusers for humiliating him?

Susan of Texas said...

Well isn't that special.

It's amazing that people are getting in his face and criticizing him. Everyone should.

Although it would be even better if women would leave the church. No women, no kids. No CCE classes or altar boys and girls, no weekly donations, no Altar Guild, no lay staff that works for free. But many women have been brainwashed to believe they have no power and no rights in the church.

And lawsuits. Lots and lots of lawsuits.

Anonymous said...

The problem is these people truly believe that the Pope is the representative of God on earth.

How can God resign?
How can a man who is infallible in religious dogma resign? How can there be 2 infallible people of earth? Or does benedict no longer have that ability when he resigns?

Oy vey. They have questions.

Susan of Texas said...

Most people will squash any questions. They'll find excuses or create imaginary positive aspects, or becoming angry and accusatory.

No doubt God told Benedict to resign for the good of the Church. Therefore there are no questions to be asked; God's will be done.

Religion is awesome.

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