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Hoping for the Real Deal in Francis I

loadstar Wrote: Mar 16, 2013 10:39 AM
I am SO SICK of hearing about the new pope! As if he mattered! The masses have been abandoning religion in droves (education tends to effect that), ESPECIALLY the overly staid/antiquated and provincial Catholic Church. The pervert priest scandals sealed the deal...it was not just the $ billions they paid out...it was the crippling loss of faith in the institution. That SURELY ended when they said each priest would be allowed only one PROVEN molestation-- THEN they would crack down on him! Wondering about the new pope is not even as interesting as wondering about the new Premier of the USSR...it is group think all the way, like lemmings headed off a cliff.
My favorite talk show host is John Batchelor, whose often expressed, playful worry is that he isn't being cynical enough. The wisest (or is it the most cynical?) among us recognize that a degree of caution is always advisable when dealing with fellow human beings, and that the world has never lacked for frauds, liars, and hypocrites.

Still, our age does seem to be more cynical than most, and with good reason. As Mark Twain said, "Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to." When I was young, I admired presidents of the United States, religious leaders, explorers, teachers, great...