Ratzinger just doesn’t get it

June 28, 2010

Ratzinger opposes justice in Belgium. As he often does, Eric MacDonald nails it:-

You’re right, Marie-Thérèse, the pope just doesn’t get it. He doesn’t get it at all. He doesn’t understand what it means to be human, and to care. And no wonder. There he sits in spendid isolation, playing charades, because he hasn’t had to take human beings really seriously for a lifetime. He’s never had a wife or a partner, to love or care for. He’s never had kids, or the responsibilities and all the fears that attend parenthood. He’s never really had friends, because to get to the pinnacle he’s had to guard his thoughts and feelings. You don’t get that high by being completely open with another human being. And so he’s never really had to be penitent or remorseful. for all the factitious penitence of the confessional, or the theatrical remorse of Good Friday. So, bishops and archbishops, cardinals and all the rest of the skirted gang are bound to seem most important to him. They’re playing the same game. The church’s dignity, and the dignity of its officials have occupied him for years. He doesn’t understand real people. He doesn’t know how important many people think that kids really are. He hasn’t sat up at night with them, or worried as they took their first steps and learned to ride a bike. He hasn’t worried about their future as they set off for the first time to school, with all the love and promise that attends them. He doesn’t know how much commitment and love and hope people vest in their children. So, he writes to his beloved brothers, and forgets why the police raided them. But no one gets to hide behind chancery doors, and dispose their own kinds of justice, where the church and its officials are more important than kids, more important than little Andrew, whose torment is a minor annoyance to such a one as the Rat – zinger. He really does sicken me. Yes, I’ve got more reason now to loathe and despise him and his whole unholy gang of hard-hearted self-worshippers. He just doesn’t get it. He never will.



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