When Pope Benedict announced his abdication, the heretical “catholics for Choice” issued a statement. I didn’t want to sully my hands with it but someone else got out the little plastic bag and did the dirty work.
At the blog Acts of the Ashpostasy, we find a little parsing of their statement. Holding your nose helps a little.
After Pope Benedict surprised the world Monday by announcing his resignation effective 2/28, the political action group Catholycs For Choice issued a press release. Now, it’s your standard boilerplate, but I thought it’d be fun to translate it from Catholycese into normal English. Let’s go!
“It will be nothing short of a miracle if the next papal conclave
produces a good leader,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. “Pope Benedict XVI and John Paul II stacked the College of Cardinals with ultraconservatives. This means that it is highly likely that they will elect somebody very like them.
Translation: “I’m a jerk,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholycs for Choice. “And I hated everything Pope Benedict XVI and John Paul II ever did. Unfortunately, the next pope is going to be Catholic.”
“The Catholic church and the 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide would like a pope who better reflects the way that they live their faith. We want a pope who understands the needs of Catholics—and the rest of the world—today. He would be a leader with a vision, one that Catholics and all the world’s citizens so desperately need.
Translation: “My group, and the world, doesn’t want a Catholic pope. It’s time for a non-Catholic one.”
“Instead, we are likely to get a leader who runs the Vatican as it has been run for the past few decades—a business-as-usual leader, who will continue to condemn contraception, abortion, LGBT individuals and all those who support them. We expect another pontiff who gives no backing for policymakers who rightfully serve all their constituents equally and do not feel compelled to enshrine Catholic teachings into civil codes. It would be refreshing if we moved away from the culture of impunity that has not held bishops to account for shielding sex-abusing priests, but I do not hold out much hope for that, either.
Translation: “If we get a Catholic pope, we’re going to do everything in our power to undermine him and those who support him. Because like I said earlier, I’m a jerk.”
“It is, however, reassuring that the pope has taken the mature decision to resign. While Benedict has not gone against the grain during his papacy, the fact that he is the first pope in 600 years to choose to leave office is perhaps a sign of a maturing approach to governance.”
Translation: “It’s too bad Benedict didn’t resign earlier, or just die. But this is better than nothing, I suppose.”
There you go – the thing to remember with these people, is that they use no subtlety, no reflection, no humility. They are as transparent as glass. Unfortunately, because so many Catholics are poorly catechized, the things they say sound reasonable and seem sensible. Well, so did the serpent in Eden, and we know where that got us.
Once you boil away the rhetoric, and strip away the puffery, you’re left with lies. Pure and simple.
Read the rest there.