April 09, 2005


A eulogy for the Great Late One you would not have heard at his Requiem mass.
It's in English this time, not Latin. Not that I mind Latin, it just irks me that an institution like the Catholic Church has usurped that great pagan language and bastardised it as its own. Those cardinals at the funeral could have put a bit more conviction in their diction of "mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa".
Johann Hari's charge sheet against Pope JP II:
- soft on fascism, hard on socialism
- promoted the spread of Aids
- covering up and denying child rape
I'm not optimistic that the next pope will be any better on those scores.

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