Good riddance! Pope Benedict has been a backward pope, polarizing than unifying Catholics. Benedict never managed to grow beyond the conservative professor of theology Joseph Ratzinger.
The pope did not build bridges. His election led to an increasing split within the Church. On the one side were the disappointed advocates of long-overdue reform. On the other were the fundamentalists and misogynists.
There is now a schism within the Conference of Bishops. During his years in office, Pope Benedict could not stop the misogyny of bishops. His efforts to address the abuse scandals that rocked the Catholic Church all over the world were too little, too late. He and his bishops never managed to regain the trust subsequently lost.
Even the most loyal Catholics don't trust their own bishops. Once hailed as a sophisticate, the head of the Church morphed into a leader who lurched on the international stage from one unfortunate mishap to another. Joseph Ratzinger was not cut out to head a religulous community of a billion people.
Many Catholics have long yearned for an end to the Ratzinger era, no matter who might succeed him. It remains to be seen whether bishops will have more confidence than before to follow a more independent path. But there will certainly be more room for risk taking. Benedict's resignation offers the Catholic Church a new chance to free itself from misogyny and to finally find a way to begin resolving the deep crisis facing Catholics.
Bishops have corrupted Jesus’s doctrine. Bishops might be pro-Christ, but they are definitely anti-Jesus. Jesus is a legend, but Christ is a myth! Jesus on the other side must be very upset with bishops, because they call him names, such as Christ and Theanthrope!
Dodecatheos of ancient Greece is a much better religion than the Tritheos of Christianity. Tritheos destroyed Dodecatheos and the Graecoroman civilization. If Tritheos was not invented by Paul, we would have been on the Moon one millennium before! Jesus is a legend, born in Nazaret in April of 6 BC, whereas Christ is a myth, born in Bethlehem in December!
Jesus never said he was the only son of God, but we are all children of God. Jesus was the founder of Nazarene Judaism, not Christianity. Resurrection is the biggest lie of Christianity. Misogynist Paul, Peter's boyfriend, is the founder of Christianity! Thomas Jefferson wrote that Paul was the first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus.
Magdalene, the wife of Jesus, is the most important person of Christianity. She was the smartest and best apostle. She was the only apostle who could understand Jesus completely, and that's why all other twelve apostles were jealous of her. Magdalene is the first bishop of Christianity. Nevertheless, misogynist gay bishops defamed Magdalene in order to restrict hierarchs to males, transforming church leadership to a gay club.
In June 326, Great Constantine had his eldest son Crispus, by Minervina,
poisoned to death. In July, Constantine had his wife, the Empress Fausta, killed at the behest of his mother, Helena. Fausta was left to die in an overheated bath. Nevertheless, Constantine and Helen, the most sinister apes of planet Earth, are the most popular saints of Christianity, because they forced the dogma of Trinity on all citizens of the Roman Empire.
The resurrection myth is based on the meme of a dying-and-rising god, a generic category for deities found within agrarian societies who are the focus of myths and rituals representing the annual death and rebirth of the deity. All myths are echoes of rituals, and all rituals have as their primordial purpose the manipulation of natural phenomena by means of sympathetic magic. Resurrection is part of the transpersonal symbolism of the collective unconscious.
In 1966 John Lennon claimed the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Lennon said: Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock and roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
Lennon uttered those fateful words at the height of Beatlemania. The British Invasion happened to also coincide with the decline of Christianity, especially in England, and especially amongst the younger generations. The mass hysteria of Beatlemania was analogous to religious ecstasy. Many fans truly saw the Beatles as musical messiahs. John, Paul, George, and Ringo reported that fans would bring sick people to their concerts, in the belief that the band had a divine healing presence.
Stung by myriad charges of clergy sexual abuse, corruption, orgies, and coverup that reach the pope, patriarchs, and archbishops, churches face a crisis of empty pews and empty coffers. Churches need to address their own failures, acknowledge their own guilt, ask for forgiveness, and heal as a family. Apostates of Christianity outnumber converts by four-to-one.
The Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), aka Vatican Bank, is a very corrupt bank involved in money laundering, braberies, and mafia business. President Gotti Tedeschi's abrupt firing from IOR came one day after Pope Benedict's butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested in the most clamorous chapter so far of Vatileaks scandal, in which sensitive documents have appeared in the media, including some related to the IOR's transparency bid. Vatileaks show a conflict among top Vatican officials over just how transparent the bank should be.
JP Morgan closed the IOR's account, because IOR was involved in money laundering. Italy's financial police found a dossier compiled by Tedeschi concerning his nearly three years at the helm of IOR. Magistrates also questioned Tedeschi about a separate money-laundering investigation that began in 2010 when they froze 23 million euros the IOR held in an Italian bank. IOR does everything from helping rich Italians avoid taxes to laundering money for the Mafia and for people who want to pay bribes to Italian politicians.
IOR's most infamous scandal involved the collapse thirty years ago of the Banco Ambrosiano, with money-laundering, mafiosi, and the mysterious death of Ambrosiano chairman Roberto Calvi, aka God’s Banker. IOR held a stake in the Ambrosiano, and IOR was responsible for the Ambrosiano's fraudulent bankruptcy. IOR paid $250 million hush money to creditors. Calvi was hanged by the mafia under Blackfriars Bridge near London's financial district. Calvi’s hanging still hangs like an albatross around the bank's neck. As the pope looks down from his apartment in the Apostolic Palace onto the IOR offices in the Tower of Nicholas V below, he can see all the infamous mafiosi entering his unholy bank!
Meme is a cultural invention that passes from one mind to another and thrives, or declines, like a gene. Memetics explores the concepts and transmission of memes in a similar fashion to genetics. A meme's success is due to its contribution to the effectiveness of its host. Memeplex, like the genetic code, is a set of ideas that reinforce each other. Religion is a memeplex.
Religions, scams, and hoaxes succeed because they exploit powerful psychological processes. These processes are the very ones that have enabled humans to survive and create art and technology, but also transform Homo Sapiens into Homo Suckers! A poll at http://venitism.blogspot.com shows 30% of people are unaffiliated, 25% Christians, 20% Muslims, 14% Hindus, 7% Buddhists, and 1% Jews.
Image: Pope Benedict - AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca