I come bearing commentary from people I follow about what we’re likely getting into with Pope Francis I. If you are reading this, your default position is probably, “Whatever, let me know if they select someone who doesn’t hate every aspect of modern life,” and if that’s how you feel, let me tell you right now that Jorge Mario Bergoglio pretty much hates every aspect of modern life. He hates some of the things you and I love slightly less than Der Panzerkardinal did, but you wouldn’t see me pouring this dude a nice cup of tea. (Or maybe I would, but I would be really passive-aggressive and oversteep it. Then he can enjoy his tannins while I tell him why I hate him.)
I don’t have him, though, I have you!
Hemant Mehta over at Friendly Atheist has some hope to offer!
When it comes to Catholic social justice, Bergoglio is used to focusing on economic inequality, not sexual politics.
He further indicated his search for a new direction by selecting a name no pontiff has ever used before: Francis, after the popular Saint Francis of Assisi. The name fits. Bergoglio is known amongst the cardinals as a compassionate figure who eschews the fancier perks of his office: he gave up the archbishop’s palace to live in a simple apartment in Buenos Aires, and he traded in the archbishops’ limo for a bus pass.
These are all promising signs for the Vatican-watchers who wonder how the Curia can live in such opulence while children starve or who harbor concerns about the Vatican’s financial management.
Ophelia Benson at Butterflies and Wheels comments that “maybe the new pope will be a little less ruthlessly murderous about condoms.” Hooray! Slightly less genocidally backward! You’re excited, right?
Daniela at Skepchick is going to have to bring you back down from the dizzying heights you doubtless reached upon receiving Mehta and Benson’s revelations.
Turns out that Bergoglio might have used subordinates as scapegoats even though both they, the church, and the church-supported despots all knew that they were doing things like helping poor people rather than engaging in guerilla warfare against the murderous dictatorship.
So they were kidnapped and tortured. So I mean. That’s not good. Probably. Correction: Nope! Yay!
Other awful things going on around that time included the theft of babies! Babies were being stolen to be raised by regime supporters, and there’s a paper trail that Bergoglio didn’t dare do jack about it. And then, you know, the usual stuff about marriage equality being a plot by the Father of Lies blah blah blah. We’re talking about the Catholic Church, though, so it’s not like they can really surprise you there. I thought I’d just pass on the things that were unusually shameful.
I couldn’t find any direct mention of him molesting kids, though Argentina has not been without its sheltered child rapists. Nothing beyond the general baseline level of aiding and abetting the sexual abuse of children that I expect in any Catholic archdiocese. Just a little bit of politically-expedient enabling of babysnatchers
and some hellish scapegoating of his subordinates.
All this reminds me that I need to repost my old excessively-sourced web series on all the people the Catholic Church demonstrably hates. I should get on that.