Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Georgie and the Pope

Pope Benedict XVI is in Washington DC right this very minute, meeting with Georgie. The Pedophile Priest Damage Control Road Show is on a roll:
"POPE Benedict XVI has begun a visit to the US, hoping to heal wounds left in the local church by a decades-long sex scandal he said made him feel deep shame.

The 80-year-old pontiff was given an unprecedented welcome by US President George W. Bush, who was with his wife, Laura, and daughter, Jenna, at Andrews Air Force base near Washington to greet him.

No president has ever welcomed a visiting head of state at the airport."
That's not too surprising -- these days Georgie must have all kinds of spare time for hangin' with Benny. But anyway...
"Benedict will address the sex scandal that has left the US church financially strapped and morally battered at a meeting with Catholic clergy."
Yay! Finally.

"But he is not expected to see victims of priests."

Maybe I'm missing something, but how does he address the sex scandal and "heal the wounds" without seeing any victims? I know he's got that infallibility thing going on, but wow. That's impressive. But never mind that...

The Pope is motoring around DC in the Popemobile, a vehicle that's always fascinated and thrilled me. No doubt its driver will be adhering to the Vatican's Ten Commandments for Driving:
"Got road rage? The Vatican on Tuesday issued a set of “Ten Commandments” for drivers, telling motorists to be charitable to others on the highways, to refrain from drinking and driving, and to pray you make it before you even buckle up." [...]

"The document, “Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road,” extols the benefits of driving —family outings, getting the sick to the hospital, allowing people to see other cultures.

But it laments a host of ills associated with automobiles: Drivers use their cars to show off; driving “provides an easy opportunity to dominate others” by speeding; drivers can kill themselves and others if they don’t get their cars regular tuneups, if they drink, use drugs or fall asleep at the wheel."

Now I know where I've been going wrong -- I usually don't pray until the brakes fail.