Thank heavens or whatever, Pope Bogus the 266th Irrelevancy has been selected by the men in red dresses. Perhaps now CBS "news" can get away from discussing dirty rotten politics in red dresses and back to dirty rotten politics in blue suits. CBS has managed to turn about 3 minutes of actual news into a week of irrelevant drivel on a par with horserace political reporting. Makes a person wonder if The Vatican holds stocks in CBS or a company controlling CBS.
After the cardinals burned a dried up dead cat to get some white smoke, or perhaps an hour and 30 minutes later, a South American Italian Cardinal became Pope Francis I.
Sister Mary Margaret of the Nuns of Bad Habits order was uncharacteristically quiet. She said, "I don't know what to think about this.". Well not really, but a reporter from Argentina noted on NPR that the Italian cardinal from Buenos Aires had been a vocal supporter of the miltary regime that murdered hundreds or thousands in Argentina and that the Catholic Church there was alleged to have been involved perhaps in arranging some of the murders or tortures with the Argentinian equivalent of Italian fascists...
Anyway, a billion superstitious and deluded people can now rest easier. The magnificent, elegant halls of smoke and mirrors have given them a new Italian Pope born in the New World and educated in the Old World. Allen Pizzi of CBS noted in nearly hushed tones that going from Cardinal to Pope converts a man into a new man of new identity. Perhaps the new person will be better. I do wonder if a Jesuit, known as the Pope's lawyers, will be very flexible in adapting Catholic dogma into a better fit with modern world reality.
Oh, and don't forget all the irrelevant interesting facts that CBS has dumped out in the last week. A fine tidbit today was that the ringing bell accompaning the white smoke weighed 7 tons and was made in 1760. And, it has been something like 200 years since a Pope, like Bennedict XVI, had resigned.
*** Stay tuned...back tomorrow with more dirty rotten blue suit politics-- Doug Wiken