When I was a child back in the Sixties, I loved to watch reruns of a 1950's television program, The Life of Riley, starring William Bendix, a sitcom about a hapless fool who was forever screwing everything up and who would proclaim at some point, "what a revolting development this is!" Riley had the wisdom to recognize his mistakes, but other than that, the resemblance to "the Pope" is striking.
From The American Conservative
By Rod Dreher
Not The Onion:
I’ve been reading a lot about Reformation and Counter Reformation history in the past week. It is deeply discouraging to read the way Protestants and Catholics treated each other. Nobody has clean hands. But the many sins of both sides in the Reformation do not obviate the fact that it was about very real and irreconcilable religious ideas. Protestants may regret some of the things the Reformers did to Catholics (and to each other), but to be a Protestant must require you to believe that the Reformation was on balance a good thing. For their part, Catholics may regret much of what the Renaissance Catholic Church did to provoke the Reformation, and may regret the excesses of the Counter Reformation, but if Catholicism is true, then the Reformation was a near-apocalyptic tragedy. But the new Lutheran-Catholic common prayer service approved by Lutheran officials and the Vatican commits Catholics praying it — including, presumably, the Pope when he goes to Sweden this fall — to thank God for the gifts of the Reformation.