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Notes on Ratzinger-Z from a non-practicing / lapsed Catholic school hag (from an extended comment to miranila's post)
Hey, hey Mr. Holiness, way over there,
maybe we love you but we're sadly lacking air.
Well, I love that man, Pope John Paul III.
I love him, probably more than he deserves.
Okay, so he persecutes homosexuals,
does not believe in abortion,
vists with Kurt Waldheim
and tells us not to take the Pill,
there's still a certain je ne sais quoi...
Some peace, some love some goodwill
Yeah, the Pope, Pope, Pope, Pope Pope.
(Etc.) - Meryn Cadell. The Pope

i played that song on AM last year when we featured the vatican and women issue on the now defunct radio program. rep. risa hontiveros was our guest and she made a speech in reaction to the vatican letter from then cardinal ratzinger who
wrote of feminism that 'lead(s) to harmful confusion regarding the human person, which has its most immediate and lethal effects in the structure of the family… it natural two-parent structure of father and mother, and make(s) homosexuality and heterosexuality virtually equivalent, in a new model of polymorphous sexuality.'
more from the BBC
Cardinal Ratzinger ran the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

This Vatican department, a descendant of the Holy Inquisition, protects Church orthodoxy.

The job earned him unflattering nicknames such as "The Pope's Enforcer" and "God's Rottweiler".

He has a reputation for stifling dissent, and one of his early campaigns was against "liberation theology" in Latin America.

Some priests became involved in fighting poverty through social action, but to Cardinal Ratzinger it smacked of Marxism.

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