I share JT Eberhard's disdain for Joseph Ratzinger. He's a terrible person who's done the world terrible harm. He's probably the only person in the world who's done the world more harm after being a Nazi than while he was.
I hold no optimism that his resignation will improve the Catholic Church. Their hate, lies about condoms, protection of pedophiles, and shitty treatment of women aren't limited to just that one man. It's institutional. At best, the next Pope will be marginally better than this one.
The Vatican will continue getting Africans killed, and its members will continue to defend that despicable behavior. It will continue its efforts to suppress women's rights. It will continue to protect those who rape children. It will continue to be bigoted toward homosexuals, Jews, and sometimes both at once.
It will continue to be the kind of organization who had a questionable relationship with the Nazis, was later led by one, and has done more harm to world than even they did.
It will continue being one of the most evil organizations in the history of the world. Just with a different monster running it, pretending to be infallible while pushing clearly fallible nonsense.
1. The Pope is resigning. Good.
2. Pope Benedict XVI to resign citing poor health
3. Pope claims condoms could make African Aids crisis worse
4. Vatican renews condom criticism
5. Vatican newspaper article says condom campaigns increase AIDS risk
6. The Catholic Church versus HIV/AIDS in Africa
7. Catholic order had 'pedophile ring' in Vic
8. Head of Catholic Bishops Paid Pedophiles to Disappear
9. The Catholic church really is full of pedophiles.
10. Catholic sex abuse cases - Wikipedia
11. A smoking gun letter reveals Vatican directly ordered pedophiles be protected
12. Proper Dress and Behavior for Catholic Women
13. The Vatican's War on Women
14. Vatican Reaffirms: Women's Ordination Invalid
15. What Impact Does Catholic Teaching Have on AIDS in Africa?
16. Vatican Crackdown On Nuns Over Social Justice Issues, Women Ordination
17. The Vatican hates gays
18. Vatican article likens gay marriage to communism
19. Vatican Launches 'Anti-Gay Media Blitz,' Compares Gay Marriage To Polygamy, Polyandry
20. Jewish outrage greets Vatican 'anti-Semitism' remarks
21. Vatican embracing anti-Semitism?
22. The Vatican's Shameful Secret
23. Cables: Anti-semitism in the Vatican
24. Vatican: Homosexuality And Jews Caused Pedophilia Scandal
25. Red Cross and Vatican helped thousands of Nazis to escape
26. Catholic Church and Nazi Germany
27. Vatican City during World War II
28. The Vatican Made Nazism Possible in Germany and Croatia
29. Archbishop Orsenigo Celebrates Hitler’s Birthday
30. Was Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) A Nazi? Why Join the Hitler Youth?
31. Richard Dawkins on the Catholic Church