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Sunday, April 03, 2005

The Pope Is Dead

In this world full of evil people, we should never lose the precious few good ones.

Pageantry Around the Death of the Pope Begins

VATICAN CITY, April 3 - His folded hands intertwined with a rosary, the body of Pope John Paul II was laid out inside the papal palace today as the balance of power in the Roman Catholic Church began its shift to the unnamed man who will soon replace him.

Just 15 hours after he died on Saturday night, the great pageantry around the death of a pope began, with a huge public Mass in St. Peter's Square and then the first rites of John Paul II's funeral: The 84-year-old pope was laid out in Clementine Hall, dressed in white and red vestments, his head covered with a white bishop's miter and propped up on three dark gold pillows. Tucked under his left arm was the silver staff, called the crow's ear, that he carried in public.

"He suffered a lot, and he suffered for many years," Francesco Rutelli, the former mayor of Rome and a key opposition leader in Italy, said after seeing the body of the pope, whom he had met with often over the years.

In death, after 26 years as pope, "His expression was serene," Mr. Rutelli said. (link)

Click on image to enlarge. Photo courtesy of New York Times. Posted by Hello

Do As I Say, Not As ...

The New York Times, in its inimitable holier-than-thou attitude toward us common folk, comes down hard today on ... pharmacists.

I'm not making this up.

Moralists at the Pharmacy

Scattered reports suggest that a growing number of pharmacists around the country are refusing to fill prescriptions for contraceptives or morning-after birth control pills because of moral or religious objections. Although the refusals are cast as important matters of conscience for self-described "pro-life" pharmacists, they have the pernicious effect of delaying, and sometimes even denying, a woman's access to medications that may be urgently needed. This is an intolerable abuse of power by pharmacists who have no business forcing their own moral or ethical views onto customers who may not share them. Any pharmacist who cannot dispense medicines lawfully prescribed by a doctor should find another line of work. (
Horse shit.

Viewed from a different angle, the elitists at the Times have come out in support of the following;

Any newspaper publisher that refuses to print one of my letters to their editor should be driven from the business and imprisoned.

Do you suppose these people are so small-minded, they never perceive the implications of that which they write? A newspaper and a pharmacy are exactly alike in one respect; the owners thereof are able to conduct their businesses in such a way as to achieve success - as defined by themselves. It's called capitalism.

If a cruise line wishes to cater only to homosexuals, they have that right. They won't do it for long, but they have every right to do it.

Maybe They ARE Intellectually Challenged

The Boys over at Powerline have caught the New York Times in a flagrant bit of bias-as-daily-routine.
Pope John Paul II Dies; Times Can't Find Someone Who Liked Him

Pope John Paul II died this afternoon. The New York Times reports on his papacy in an article that inadvertently tells us more than the Times really wanted us to know. The Times had its criticisms of John Paul's papacy ready to go, but apparently went looking for something good to say about the Pope at the last minute:

Even as his own voice faded away, his views on the sanctity of all human
life echoed unambiguously among Catholics and Christian evangelicals in the United States on issues from abortion to the end of life.

need some quote from supporter

John Paul II's admirers were as passionate as his detractors, for whom his long illness served as a symbol for what they said was a decrepit, tradition-bound papacy in need of rejuvenation and a bolder connection with modern life.

"The situation in the Catholic church is serious," Hans Kung, the eminent Swiss theologian, who was barred by from teaching in Catholic schools because of his liberal views, wrote last week. "The pope is gravely ill and deserves every compassion. But the Church has to live.

In my opinion, he is not the greatest pope but the most contradictory of the 20th century. A pope of many, great gifts, and of many bad decisions!" Among liberal Catholics, he was criticized for his strong opposition to abortion, homosexuality and contraception, as well as the ordination of women and married men. Though he was never known as a strong administrator of the dense Vatican bureaucracy, he kept a centralizing hand on the selection of bishops around the world and enforced a rigid adherence to many basic church teachings among the clergy and Catholic theologians.

There you have it. The Times' criticisms are ready to go, a few good words for the Pope are an afterthought. (
How stupid can these people be?