Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Papal Visit

In honor of the Pope's birthday (he turns 81 today) -- Bill Maher's Final New Rule, which is dedicated to Pope Benedict (who was, as Maher notes, in his previous Vatican job, Pope John Paul’s Dick Cheney).

Of course, I've attended Catholic schools during my entire educational career, from 1st Grade through Law School (with a short reprieve in High School), but I'm not a big fan of the pontiff, who was also a Nazi in a previous incarnation. Also, I was a product of the progressive era of Pope John XXIII, who ushered in a modern, reformist movement in the Church, through the Ecumenical Council called Vatican II. See 1962 Man of the Year: Pope John XXIII. Many of those advances have been eroded by recent hard line conservatives such as Benedict.

And thus the gift of the New Rule. As anyone who watches him regularly knows, Maher is not a fan of religion generally and this one is brutal, but then, so is . . .

(Via Crooks and Liars)

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