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(en) Italy: Ratzinger pope - a return to reality (it)

From Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici <internazionale@fdca.it>
Date Wed, 20 Apr 2005 12:35:23 +0200 (CEST)

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Following days of delirium in the media, with journalists prey to bouts of
mystical ecstacy, heads of State (even some wanted by the police) genuflecting
in front of the sacred corpse of JPII, and the long wait to see what decision
the "holy spirit" would make, the election of this pope will finally bring
things back to a state of normality.
The normality in this case being the same old unsurprising, calculating church
which is everything but holy. We knew that JPII had appointed most of the
cardinals in the conclave and that, despite his media-friendly image as "a nice
guy", he strongly supported the reactionary moral policies of Ratzinger.
Notwithstanding the crazy expectations of some (an African pope, a pope of the
Latin-American masses, and soforth), we were all too aware that JPII firmly
intended the church to remain as a monarchic State with an aversion to any sort
of innovation or participation. The conclave has confirmed that the political
plan of Wojtyla and his staff was right. The cardinals have obeyed. Anyway, in
this world which is more and more oppressed by the domination and a drive for
conformation, the Vatican was only deluding itself by continuing to mass-market
its "good" side, dispensing jewels of humanity here and there, while pursuing
its objective of moral domination of the masses and a refusal to change. And
Ratzinger too will continue with these aims: a rigid, authoritarian church, the
enemy of female freedom, of free and mature sexuality, of unbelievers and of
those who believe "differently".

The holier-than-thou opinionmongers are now a bit concerned to see their dreams
of glory shattered. They are already to be seen muttering in protest like
children who have been told they can't have another toy. Many on the left are
left ruing the choice of this pre-Vatican II pope. But we anarchist communists
were expecting it: it is the triumph of the Vatican nomenklatura, the start of
an intestine struggle which we hope will result in the wiser and more open
believers fleeing for ever from the shadow of the dome of St Peter's and start
to ask themselves some serious questions about the policies of the catholic

Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici

19th April 2005


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