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posted at 10:01 pm on March 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

Bergoglio, 76, reportedly got the second-most votes after Joseph Ratzinger in the 2005 papal election, and he has long specialized in the kind of pastoral work that some say is an essential skill for the next pope. In a lifetime of teaching and leading priests in Latin America, which has the largest share of the world’s Catholics, Bergoglio has shown a keen political sensibility as well as the kind of self-effacing humility that fellow cardinals value highly, says his official biographer, Sergio Rubin.

Bergoglio would likely encourage the church’s 400,000 priests to hit the streets to capture more souls, Rubin said in an Associated Press interview. He is also most comfortable taking a low profile, and his personal style is the antithesis of Vatican splendor. “It’s a very curious thing: When bishops meet, he always wants to sit in the back rows. This sense of humility is very well seen in Rome,” Rubin said…

“Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit,” Bergoglio said.

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The new pontiff is considered a straight shooter who calls things as he sees them, and a follower of the church’s most conservative wing…

Bergogolio’s selection of the name of Pope Francis is “the most stunning” choice and “precedent shattering,” Allen said. “The new pope is sending a signal that this will not be business as usual.”

The name symbolizes “poverty, humility, simplicity and rebuilding the Catholic Church,” Allen said.

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Tears and cheers erupted across Latin American on Wednesday as an Argentine cardinal became the first pope from the hemisphere, and many expressed hope that he help bring the church closer to the poverty-wracked region that is home to more Catholics than any other…

“It’s a huge gift for all of Latin America. We waited 20 centuries. It was worth the wait,” said Jose Antonio Cruz, a Franciscan friar at the church of St. Francis of Assisi in the colonial Old San Juan district in Puerto Rico…

Latin America has some of the world’s sharpest divides between rich and poor and Marvin Cruz, a Catholic at the Parish of the Miraculous in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, said the pope’s “main challenge will be the fight against economic inequality.”

“His training as a Jesuit will allow him to take it head on,” Cruz said.

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Pope Francis is unique not just for being the first Latin American pope. He’s also the first Jesuit pope, possibly signaling a renewed emphasis on traditional Catholic theology by the church…

“I think you’ll find a man who is conservative theologically but very strong on matters of social justice,” Sheeran said…

The Society of Jesus is the largest religious order of men in the Catholic Church, according to church statistics, and the largest single order of Catholic priests. But there has never before been a Jesuit pope, reflecting both the order’s own reluctance to get deeply involved in church politics and its history as a polarizing force within Catholicism.

“I’m amazed (Francis) was selected,” Sheeran said, because “the Jesuits steer clear of getting high-ranking jobs like this.”

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Benedict was selected in 2005 as a caretaker after the momentous papacy of John Paul II, but the shy theologian appeared to show little inclination toward management. His papacy suffered from crises of communications — with Muslims, Jews and Anglicans — that, along with a sex abuse crisis that raged back to life in Europe in 2010, evolved into a crisis of governance…

Francis will have to help make the Vatican bureaucracy — often seen as a hornet’s nest of infighting Italians — work more efficiently for the good of the church. After years in which Benedict and John Paul helped consolidate more power at the top, many liberal Catholics also hope that the new pope will give local bishops’ conferences more decision-making power to help respond to the needs of the faithful.

The reform of the Roman Curia, which runs the Vatican, “is not conceptually hard,” said Alberto Melloni, the author of numerous books on the Vatican and the Second Vatican Council. “it’s hard on a political front, but it will take five minutes for someone who has the strength. You get rid of the spoil system, and that’s it.”

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Yet the new pontiff is in other ways a cautious choice — first, because at 76, he’s only two years younger than Benedict was when he was chosen in 2005, and while not exactly a ‘caretaker pope,’ is certainly a less risky choice than someone younger, who would have been expected to have a longer pontificate…

Cardinal Borgoglio may also have been a less radical choice than some other options — Milan’s Cardinal Angelo Scola, for instance — in terms of institutional reform.

After years of embarrassing sexual abuse and financial scandals, anyone stepping into the role of pope knows sweeping administrative reform is needed — even those inside the Curia who will fight hardest for the status quo publicly say they support it — and the new pope has also spoken of the need to clean house, saying, “We have to avoid the spiritual sickness of a self-referential church.”

But since Cardinal Borgoglio never worked inside the Vatican, he’s seen as less likely than some other candidates were to overhaul the way its government functions, and doesn’t, the thinking being that to truly reform the Curia, it helps to know how it works.

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My only provisional thoughts are these. First, whatever correlations of factions and forces within the conclave produced this result, Bergoglio won relatively swiftly, which — joined to his runner-up status last time, in a conclave that had a very different slate of cardinal electors — suggests a man with deep reservoirs of support and goodwill among his fellow prelates. Even if he was a compromise choice of some sort, his fellow electors were clearly quite happy to make it. If the new pope makes bold moves, and especially moves that ruffle feathers in the Roman court, it will reflect his confidence in that support. On the other hand, if he does prove more of a caretaker figure, it will be a sign that a supermajority of his fellow cardinals had much less interest in institutional change than the pre-conclave press accounts suggested.

Second, the choice of a Latin American makes a great deal of sense on paper, since Latin America is in many ways the place where the different experiences of global Catholicism converge. The region shares a New World experience with North America, a long record of church-state entanglements with Western Europe, a history of colonial exploitation and stark extremes of wealth and poverty with sub-Saharan Africa. The Latin church faces the same challenges from secularism and sexual liberation as the church in the developed world, and the same explosive growth of Pentecostalist and prosperity-oriented Christian alternatives as the church elsewhere in the global South. A pontiff from the region is thus a natural choice, in ways that an African or Asian pope might not have been, to move the church’s focus away from Europe and North America (and especially Europe) in some ways without cutting the Vatican off from the trends, issues and crises facing the church in a secularizing West.

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But the other way to look at the dawn of this papacy is that it is one more in the pile of recent Catholic novelties and mediocrities. He is the first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit to be pope, and the first to take the name Francis. And so he falls in line with the larger era of the church in the past 50 years which has been defined by ill-considered experimentation: a “pastoral” ecumenical council at Vatican II, a new synthetic vernacular liturgy, the hasty revision of the rules for almost all religious orders within the church, the dramatic gestures and “saint factory” of Pope John Paul II’s papacy, along with the surprise resignation of Benedict XVI. In this vision, Benedict’s papacy, which focused on “continuity,” seems like the exception to an epoch of stunning and unsettling change, which—as we know—usually heralds collapse.

There are reasons to believe that Pope Francis is a transitional figure, unlikely to affect major reform at the top of the church. He is not known as a champion of any theological vision, traditional or modern. He is just two years younger than Pope Benedict was upon his election eight years ago. He has deep connections to Italy, but little experience with the workings of the Vatican offices. A contentious reading of Pope Francis’ rise is that Benedict’s enemies have triumphed completely. It is unusual for a one-time rival in a previous election to triumph in a future one. And there is almost no path to Bergoglio’s election without support from curial Italians, combined with a Latin American bloc. Low-level conspiracy theories already flourish in Italy that Benedict’s resignation was the result of a curia determined to undermine his reforms. This election will only intensify that speculation. An older pope who does not know which curial offices and officers need the ax, will be even easier to ignore than Benedict…

Of course, the papacy has offered surprises in the past. Catholic tradition holds that the papacy was built on a mediocre man, St. Peter, who was once described as “a shuffler, a snob, a coward—in a word, a man.” Pope Francis is now the man at the head of a Church impaired by immoral clergy, negligent bishops, and a moribund intellectual and spiritual life. God help him.

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I haven’t seen this many trolls in one day in a long time. Religion really freaks them out, huh?

wolly4321 on March 13, 2013 at 11:05 PM

They expected a black non-Catholic to be chosen.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Have there been a lot of trolls hanging out today? I just logged on for the first time in months for the QOTD thread…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM

….in a sweatsock?

williamg on March 13, 2013 at 11:08 PM

They expected a black non-Catholic to be chosen.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM

I read on Christian board where someone demanded a black lesbian Jew for pope…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:09 PM

[alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2013 at 10:59 PM]

They interrupted their normal programming to show some pron.

Dusty on March 13, 2013 at 11:09 PM

…are you kidding?…I’m always looking to YOU for news!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

HA!

Resist We Much on March 13, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Have there been a lot of trolls hanging out today? I just logged on for the first time in months for the QOTD thread…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Yes, go to the main thread

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/03/13/live-video-the-new-pope-is/

Del Dolemonte on March 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Dusty on March 13, 2013 at 11:09 PM

?

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

I heard they decide the pope by the best of 7 thumb wrestling. Who would make up something like that?

So it must be true.

SparkPlug on March 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Habemus Papam!

May the Good Lord bless him and keep him safe.

Jvette on March 13, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Amen!

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Welcome back and happy belated birthday!

PatriotGal2257 on March 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

I Bished Much on the Jindal thread. Now he will try to get even with me.

SparkPlug on March 13, 2013 at 11:12 PM

but, it’s actually an Oblate Spheroid…….

williamg on March 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Ok, so noted :)

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Not sure I can stomachh that Del…

Welcome back and happy belated birthday!

PatriotGal2257 on March 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Awww, thanks. How did you remember that?

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:14 PM

The NYT’s Nicholas Kristof wrote that Pope Francis was “sadly” a doctrinal conservative and very much opposed to abortion, contraception, married priests, female priests, and gay marriage.

“Sadly,” the NYT and most of the MSM will continue to be “saddened” by the Catholic Church as long as they expect the cardinals to select Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the Vicar of Christ.

Resist We Much on March 13, 2013 at 11:14 PM

The NYT’s Nicholas Kristof wrote that Pope Francis was “sadly” a doctrinal conservative and very much opposed to abortion, contraception, married priests, female priests, and gay marriage.

“Sadly,” the NYT and most of the MSM will continue to be “saddened” by the Catholic Church as long as they expect the cardinals to select Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the Vicar of Christ.

Resist We Much on March 13, 2013 at 11:14 PM

sesquipedalina, libfreeordie, Dbear & co. hardest hit

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM

….in a sweatsock?

williamg on March 13, 2013 at 11:08 PM

…you’re right!…it only wears one sock!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Shouldn’t it just be Francis?

portlandon on March 13, 2013 at 10:46 PM

You are correct, the media are fools…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Yeah.

Numerals appear after a successor to the name appears.

Francis is a great name for him to choose…It will be exciting to see how things unfold.

workingclass artist on March 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM

?

[alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM]

Forget it. It wasn’t all that funny anyway.

Dusty on March 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM

it’s actually an Oblate Spheroid…….

williamg on March 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM

dbear or bayam, libfree, verb etc. be specific.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on March 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Resist We Much on March 13, 2013 at 11:14 PM

I am happy to see such a conservative elected pope, NYT can go pound sand…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:17 PM

OC- yea, I have to fight that too. It’s hard. I go through periods, seriously, where I see certain folks backed up to a brick wall. Blindfold, cigarette. It starts with schumer, and works it’s way down. I know it’s bad. Especially when it gets down to the women like fienstien, boxer, pelosi.

And then the list goes on…

Your right. It’s not healthy. But at times I wonder, is it more unhealthy in the long run to not think that way? Not in your soul, but as in not letting commie scum kill you first?

wolly4321 on March 13, 2013 at 11:17 PM

If a Transgendered black lezbian jew is good at thumb wrestling then he/she/it could be pope. That’s a crazy way to pick a Pope but it goes back 600 years.

SparkPlug on March 13, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Shouldn’t it just be Francis?

portlandon on March 13, 2013 at 10:46 PM

You are correct, the media are fools…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 10:47 PM

I heard earlier tonight somewhere that it was incorrect to put the Roman numeral “I” after his name. It’s just Pope Francis.

Bet the Vatican is going to have to put out a fact sheet explaining that for all the MSM morons.

PatriotGal2257 on March 13, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Man, I thought libfreedordie self exiled itself…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:18 PM

I Bished Much on the Jindal thread. Now he will try to get even with me.

SparkPlug on March 13, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Bishop does not get “Even”… But you do have to start your car sometime… O_O

SWalker on March 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Because it’s the day after mine. :)

And I marked it on my calendar.

PatriotGal2257 on March 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2013/03/13/msnbc-s-ed-schultz-leaving-primetime-moving-weekends

Special Ed moving to weekends and he is so happy..!

d1carter on March 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Man, I thought libfreedordie self exiled itself…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Meh… Typical lying douche bag, it lasted all of 24 hours.

SWalker on March 13, 2013 at 11:20 PM

wolly4321 on March 13, 2013 at 11:17 PM

It is good that we recognize that sinfullness within ourselves…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM

SWalker on March 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

I Bished the guy Much (RWM) lol

SparkPlug on March 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Man, I thought libfreedordie self exiled itself…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:18 PM

…liberals…have been known…to lie!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM

I wonder if the new witch doctor drag queen considers the poor “parasites” like the good christian folk here at Hot Gas do?

DBear on March 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM

You’re an idiot, douchebore.

And a boor.

Solaratov on March 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Because it’s the day after mine. :)

And I marked it on my calendar.

PatriotGal2257 on March 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Awww, you are such a sweetheart darlin’
Happy belated birthday to you too…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM

but, it’s actually an Oblate Spheroid…….

williamg on March 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Ok, so noted :)

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 11:13 PM

I Knew you’d “get” that, Schad! We’re nerds…..we can’t help it…….

williamg on March 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM

How long before they call Pope Francis a “white Hispanic”?

Punchenko on March 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I should have added “Lol” to be virtually correct……

williamg on March 13, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Is this Pope fluent in English, anyone know?

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM

You’re an idiot, douchebore.

And a boor.

Solaratov on March 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Check!…AAAAANNNND….CHECK!

williamg on March 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Thank you, too. [blush]

Hope you had a great birthday.

Understand completely about your absence, but we missed you here. Glad you’re back.

PatriotGal2257 on March 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Technically it’s Francis v1.0 but an upgrade to v1.1 will be coming soon.

SparkPlug on March 13, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Nice to see you OC.

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Is this Pope fluent in English, anyone know?

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM

He’s fluent in Spanish, Italian and German.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Thank you everyone for all the nice greetings. I had forgotten what a tight-knit family we are here at HA…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Ken, hope you’re doing better tonight, not that such thoughts go away instantly.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Thanks, Shad. And I assume Latin as well…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Why is DBear such a bigoted Nazi pedophile who refuses to recycle.

SparkPlug on March 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Technically it’s Francis v1.0 but an upgrade to v1.1 will be coming soon.

SparkPlug on March 13, 2013 at 11:27 PM

LOL! Sparky, your sense of humor is the greatest.

PatriotGal2257 on March 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Thanks, Shad. And I assume Latin as well…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Was just thinking the same…of course knowing Italian and Spanish makes that easy, in either direction.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Sophie Ro @SophieRo3

Only the NYT would have been expecting the Cardinals to select Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the new Pope. @IngrahamAngle @NickKristof
7:55 PM – 13 Mar 13

RWM, You made da Twitchy! Congrats. (laughed again while reading it)

http://twitchy.com/2013/03/13/nick-kristof-shocked-pope-is-catholic-pope-francis-i-sadly-traditional-retweets-speculation-about-popes-past/

can_con on March 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Goodnight for now, everyone. Have to journey home from work.

See you all later and/or tomorrow.

PatriotGal2257 on March 13, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Is it sinful to defend the flock? I’m no religious scholar, but how is it wrong to identify evil? And scorn it? If it consumes you, I can only see it being wrong if it’s misplaced. Incorrect.

I don’t think it is.

My heart tells me evil is afoot writ large.

wolly4321 on March 13, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Sparky always makes me laugh…

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:34 PM

can_con on March 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Dat’s kewl!

Resist We Much on March 13, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Thanks Schad. We’ll see how I sleep tonight. Last night was ok…Thanks for caring.

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 11:37 PM

<—– Sneaks up behind SparkPlug and puts Kosher Dill Pickle in his pocket… then sneaks away again….

SWalker on March 13, 2013 at 11:42 PM

RWM- are you pimping your pay for view site again?/

wolly4321 on March 13, 2013 at 11:42 PM

How such a fool can call himself “independent” is totally insane.

All who brung/kept Obama, may he utterly destroy you and yours.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 11:42 PM

If a Transgendered black lezbian jew is good at thumb wrestling then he/she/it could be pope. That’s a crazy way to pick a Pope but it goes back 600 years.

SparkPlug on March 13, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Lenny Kravitz?

steebo77 on March 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Benedict was selected in 2005 as a caretaker after the momentous papacy of John Paul II, but the shy theologian appeared to show little inclination toward management. His papacy suffered from crises of communications — with Muslims, Jews and Anglicans — that, along with a sex abuse crisis that raged back to life in Europe in 2010, evolved into a crisis of governance…

Benedict did just fine cleaning house. And there was no crisis of communication.

Blake on March 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Hello Jackie!

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM

KCB on March 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Good evening, Ken! I hope you’re well this evening. It’s a pleasure to see you. :)

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Ken, don’t bogart all the booty. I’m trying to admire Jackies new outfit.

Hey how did a kosher pickle get in my pocket?

SparkPlug on March 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM

RWM- are you pimping your pay for view site again?/

wolly4321 on March 13, 2013 at 11:42 PM

LMFAO! That chumpThreads is one smart cookie. I am rolling in the dough. Although my blog is littered with invisible advertising, which no one can see without a tinfoil hat adjusted to Kenneth’s frequency, a double-secret decoder ring that can be found only at the bottom of a box of Alex Jones CrackerPots, and the instruction manual from the Rosetta Stone President Barack Obama Commemorative Austrian Edition (but only after developing the requisite Caesar box code), I’m just pretending to run a completely not-for-profit blog.

It’s all MK-ULTRA, my dear! You guys are absolute suckas!!!

lol

Resist We Much on March 13, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Donald Berwick selected by David Cameron as NHS Tsar

thatsafactjack on March 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

That’s his DREAM job…better than a mistress or hot, new, trophy wife.

Resist We Much on March 13, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Is this Pope fluent in English, anyone know?

OmahaConservative on March 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM

He’s fluent in Spanish, Italian and German.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2013 at 11:28 PM

CNN interviewed Cardinal McCarrick who said Pope Francis is conversant in english but prefers spanish.

workingclass artist on March 13, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Not in pain anymore KCB. You’ll never know the why. Old as man.

Good time to take stock of your own blessings. We forget them in minor ways everyday. It can add up.

Don’t know. Just makes me want to hug family tighter.

wolly4321 on March 13, 2013 at 11:59 PM

CNN interviewed Cardinal McCarrick who said Pope Francis is conversant in english but prefers spanish.

workingclass artist on March 13, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Thank you…

OmahaConservative on March 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Benedict was selected in 2005 as a caretaker after the momentous papacy of John Paul II, but the shy theologian appeared to show little inclination toward management. His papacy suffered from crises of communications — with Muslims, Jews and Anglicans — that, along with a sex abuse crisis that raged back to life in Europe in 2010, evolved into a crisis of governance…

Benedict did just fine cleaning house. And there was no crisis of communication.

Blake on March 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Agreed.

workingclass artist on March 14, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Scrumpy doodles? Where R you? I’ve just calculated a fresh batch of piping hot numbers. We could make a pi.

SparkPlug on March 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Resist We Much on March 13, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Yes. I agree. He will be able to pursue his policy of “redistributing wealth through the health care system” and ” rationing with our eyes open” to his heart’s content. I am filled with trepidation and despair for Britain’s elderly and disabled.

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Papal TEA partier, reject Europe, embrace your most Catholic region of the planet…sounds Good!

Who is John Galt on March 13, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Yup, I am sure he would embrace the Paul Ryan budget same as Pope John Paul embraced the war in Iraq…

but then again you all only care what the church has to say when it’s denying contraception to unmarried women.

Fake fake christians just like you are all fake patriots

DBear on March 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM

SparkPlug on March 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Good evening, Spark.:)

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2013 at 12:03 AM

What will the new Pope do to protect Christians from Muslims?

VorDaj on March 14, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Hi Jackie – look what the fools want for here, more of that British corruption, cheating and etc., not to mention their filth.

————

Fake fake christians just like you are all fake patriots

DBear on March 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM

You have no say, in either. Just because you say it doesn’t make it so.

It’s very schadenfreudig to see you squirm, and I’m not Catholic.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Pic of the Day: Mark Levin Shows Karl Rove How It’s Done

Resist We Much on March 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Sophie, pls. don’t call them “progressive”. They are never truly liberal/progressive. They just stole those terms.

They are socialist nationalists, with the proviso that “nationalist” to them means “global”.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2013 at 12:07 AM

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Good to see you MG. I’m working on a status quo report to update you on the status of all the nymphs in the glade after I check them out and give them a thorough going over.

SparkPlug on March 14, 2013 at 12:07 AM

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM

“I am romantic about the NHS. I love it. All I need to do to rediscover the romance is to look at healthcare in my own country.”

- Dr Donald Berwick

As to Britain’s elderly and disabled, more than half of those that are put on the LCP every year are put there without their consent or that of their families. Some have even been Pathway-ed for such “fatal” illnesses as broken legs or skin rashes.

Resist We Much on March 14, 2013 at 12:07 AM

~ Special Service Announcement ~

I am pleased to announce that our own Fire Marshall, Spark, has graciously accepted the position of Peace Officer of the Glade in addition to his regular duties as Fire Marshall.

He’ll be making his rounds regularly, enforcing the peace and maintaining the tranquility of the Glade.

The Glade fire department will now be a volunteer effort. All those interested in volunteering to protect the Glade in the event of some untoward fire related incident should report to Fire Marshall/Peace Officer Spark for assignment.

Thank you.

~ End Public Service Announcement ~

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM

workingclass artist on March 13, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Thanks. He might be “conversant” in more languages. Only read about the 3 he’s fluent in.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM

but then again you all only care what the church has to say when it’s denying contraception to unmarried women.

DBear on March 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM

I don’t know they bought all the contraceptive makers and shut them down. I’m glad I didn’t buy any stock in them if they are now out of business.

VorDaj on March 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM

What will the new Pope do to protect Christians from Muslims?

VorDaj on March 14, 2013 at 12:03 AM

He’s going to send out the Knights Templar.

RickB on March 14, 2013 at 12:09 AM

but then again you all only care what the church has to say when it’s denying contraception to unmarried women.

[DBear on March 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM]

He listed three things he cared about and none of them were what you claimed he only cared about. Now do you know why people think you are an idiot?

Dusty on March 14, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Hey how did a kosher pickle get in my pocket?

SparkPlug on March 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM

The significance of the Pickle…

SWalker on March 14, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Fake fake christians just like you are all fake patriots

DBear on March 14, 2013 at 12:02 AM

So…where does that leave a fake human being like you?

What do you care, anyway, douchey? You and yours despise the poor – even when they’re useful to you. You clowns are nothing but users and takers.

btw: What the hell would you know about being a patriot? All you ever do is sneer at patriotism.

You’re a complete waste of flesh and a thief of oxygen.

Solaratov on March 14, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Resist We Much on March 14, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Yes. It’s tragic and despicable. I’ve been following the NHS and related legislation very closely for the last several years. Add those who aren’t even elderly or disabled who simply die of neglect and outright abuse by the staff in Trust hospitals and homes, many of those staff being incapable of reading or speaking English well enough to read a chart, take orders from a physician, or talk to the patients, and healthcare in Britain takes on a whole new meaning.

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2013 at 12:12 AM

It’s very schadenfreudig to see you squirm, and I’m not Catholic.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2013 at 12:05 AM

uh, why? just like the GOP the catholic church is a relic and as popular with young people as cold sores….

DBear on March 14, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Bayam never got back to me on that whole redistribution of wealth Argentina thingy. Not sure why.

wolly4321 on March 14, 2013 at 12:12 AM

What will the new Pope do to protect Christians from Muslims?

VorDaj on March 14, 2013 at 12:03 AM

His namesake St. Francis of Assisi was fearless…so who knows?

“At the second general chapter (May, 1219) Francis, bent on realizing his project of evangelizing the infidels, assigned a separate mission to each of his foremost disciples, himself selecting the seat of war between the crusaders and the Saracens. With eleven companions, including Brother Illuminato and Peter of Cattaneo, Francis set sail from Ancona on 21 June, for Saint-Jean d’Acre, and he was present at the siege and taking of Damietta. After preaching there to the assembled Christian forces, Francis fearlessly passed over to the infidel camp, where he was taken prisoner and led before the sultan. According to the testimony of Jacques de Vitry, who was with the crusaders at Damietta, the sultan received Francis with courtesy, but beyond obtaining a promise from this ruler of more indulgent treatment for the Christian captives, the saint’s preaching seems to have effected little.Before returning to Europe, the saint is believed to have visited Palestine and there obtained for the friars the foothold they still retain as guardians of the holy places…”

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06221a.htm

workingclass artist on March 14, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Too tired to hang tonight. Hugs and kisses for all my HA friends. Sleep well. I will try to do the same.

KCB on March 14, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Thanks. He might be “conversant” in more languages. Only read about the 3 he’s fluent in.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Our Dear Leader Obama is fluent in a lot more languages than that – prevarication, petulation, ambition, distraction, falsification, derision and now droneation.

Cheshire Cat on March 14, 2013 at 12:14 AM

KCB on March 14, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Goodnight, Ken. Sleep well and dream of moonlight. :)

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2013 at 12:14 AM

FYI,

Anyone disturbing the Peace Officer will get zapped with my new taser just as soon as it’s charged up and ready to go.

War is Peace
Sparky Orwell

Ps thank you MG. I will take my new assignment seriously and find out who was the wise guy who put a pickle in my pocket (SWalker)

SparkPlug on March 14, 2013 at 12:15 AM

DBear on March 14, 2013 at 12:12 AM

You’re wrong, but ignorance is always bliss, blessedly.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2013 at 12:17 AM

SparkPlug on March 14, 2013 at 12:07 AM

I’ll anticipate your report anon, Spark. You are aware of our rules regarding illegal search and seizure, aren’t you? You must get a warrant from the Magistrate before performing any search, on any Gladian, without obvious cause.

thatsafactjack on March 14, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Cheshire Cat on March 14, 2013 at 12:14 AM

Plus, you forgot Austrian, the Fool in Chief.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Ps thank you MG. I will take my new assignment seriously and find out who was the wise guy who put a pickle in my pocket (SWalker)

SparkPlug on March 14, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Whoa… for a second there, I thought I might have been in trouble… :P

SWalker on March 14, 2013 at 12:17 AM

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