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White, But With a Tan

March 15th, 2013
There's a lot of excitement:
Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony cheered the selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new pope. “This is unimaginable,” Mahony told KCBS-TV Channel 2 anchor Sylvia Lopez in an interview in Rome. “The impact this is going to have have. Particularly, of course, in Latin America. It's the first time we ever had a Southern Hemisphere pope. It's just extraordinary.”
“Unimaginable.” “Extraordinary.” It's hard to think of another example of anyone being so excited at their symbolically overcoming their own bigotry to such a minor degree. That a non-European Pope be elected for the first time in 1,200 years (some of the early popes were born in the Middle East or Roman Africa) is more a sign of how the church disrespects and disregards the rest of the world, where the great bulk of their believers reside. It is only symbolic, however, to a minor degree, because Jorge Mario Bergoglio is not even part Indie; he is of full Italian descent, the child of immigrants. So, it's just his nationality that has people excited. God forbid they select someone of non-European ethnicity. Or, some day, not male. In the meantime, they elected yet another white European-descent male who is vigorously anti-gay. But he lived in South America! Wheee! What a breakthrough! If doing that is “unimaginable” for the church leadership, then this church is decidedly backwards. There is also excitement that this man chose to live in a modest apartment among the poor rather than to move into a luxurious, stately church residence. Um, let's see, this church is supposed focus on Christ, yes? And we're supposed to be impressed by the fact that, for the first time in a very long time, the leader of that church actually respected the core teachings of their savior in his own lifestyle? Before moving into the most extravagant opulence, of course. A step in the right direction, perhaps. But “extraordinary”? Wow.

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  1. Tim
    March 15th, 2013 at 09:09 | #1

    We went from an Nazi Pope to a Falangist Pope. And that is an extraordinary step forward, right? I suppose that’s progress, of the most disappointing order.

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