Dear Pope Benedict: Always Look On the Bright Side of Life

Eric Idle - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life - Life of Brian
(Photo “courtesy” of The Guardian)

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by Kolby Solinsky

Editor, White Cover Magazine

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This are tough times for the soon-to-be-departed Pope Benedict XVI. Not only are people all around the world voluntarily using condoms, but his “effort” to “apologize” to a large number of sexually abused (okay, raped) children went largely scoffed at and he’s now retiring at the end of February.

These are tough times for the Catholic Church, as well. They’re dealing with a world of people who are increasingly too intelligent to believe that a man lived inside a whale for three days, a snake can talk to naked chicks, or that Joseph’s Dad was somehow able to knit him a Technicolo(u)r Dreamcoat in the middle of the Ancient Egyptian desert.

Yup. It’s easy to find an excuse to frown if you’re a man of faith, or if you wear a hat that looks like a Jib sheet.

But, they must take a cue from the very film they chose to berate and ban in 1979.

Remember, Pope, always look on the bright side of life.

(After all, your Church’s victims now have to.)

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Here’s the Toronto Star‘s Rosie DiManno, in her column from Monday morning:

“As Catholic-in-Chief, Pope Benedict XVI deserved to be fired.

“Under his administration, the Roman Catholic Church has become increasingly irrelevant to a growing number of the world’s 1.2 billion (nominally) faithful.

“It has regressed into a monk’s cellar of orthodoxy, bluntly conservative and reactionary.

“It has apologized for the legions of children sexually abused by priests and brothers, paying out multi-millions, yet never brought those predators to a reckoning.

“It has reversed every hint of theological liberalism, essentially erasing Vatican II from history, in a fierce embrace of the rigidly doctrinaire.

“It has not always played nice with Anglicans (luring their disenchanted clergy), Jews (Benedict lifted the excommunication of a bishop who openly denied the Holocaust) and Muslims (the pope imprudently quoted, during a university lecture, a 14th century Byzantine emperor’s comment that Islam had been spread by the sword and was thus a violent religion; debatable but not helpful either.)”