Hahaha How brilliant is this? (h/t – Szymon Błaszczyk)
I remember having a gchat discussion with a friend, who is also a liberal lapsed Catholic, about how creeped out we are by Pope Benedict. I grew up in a Polish neighborhood of Chicago, so I was very used to seeing paintings and mementos of John Paul II and his visit to Chi-town (right around the time I was born). The way my parents explained the events of the 1980s to me as I was growing up, it was like John Paul II and Ronald Reagan merged into a single Voltron-like being and destroyed the Soviet Union. I believed it.
But Benedict creeps me out. The best I could come up with is that when I see him, I kind of expect him to yell “Kneel Before Ratzinger!” just like General Zod did in that Superman movie.
As a joke, I typed ‘Kneel Before Ratzinger!’ into google. And on the first page, I got this – “The Theology of Kneeling [by] Cardinal Ratzinger.” It opens – “There are groups, of no small influence, who are trying to talk us out of kneeling.”
I had to walk away from the computer I was so freaked out. I feel terrible for those trying to influence the Catholic Church to reform on issues related to condoms and gay marriage. Ratzinger has no time for the non-kneelers! Even the phrasing – “of no small influence” – is the phrasing you use to deal with an existential threat. No way is he making room for those interests.