Has anybody heard anything about the skeletons in the new Popes closet?
I believe that his complacency during Argentina's "Dirty War" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_War
, during which tens of thousands of his countryman were kidnapped, tortured and killed, is damning enough.
However, those familiar with the politics of Argentina during that era claim that he was more than complacent, and that he, in fact, took an active role, by offering up two progressive clergy to the government. I know that most folks here have a low opinion of most clergy, but I spent some time in the decade after the Dirty War working with liberation theologists in Central America, and I have a lot of respect for their work and advocacy efforts. Following the path set by Argentina in the 1970's, several Central American nations considered progressive clergy fair game for kidnapping, torture, rape and murder.
And while I think it is lovely that our new Pope kissed the feet of AIDS patients, I might be a bit more impressed if he used his position of power to promote the use of condoms and promote sex education, which has been proven to prevent the spread of AIDS.
In terms of Liberace, I find it disturbing to think that god let him into heaven, and then prohibited from playing dress up in the afterlife. I will continue to pray that God allows him to dress even more fabulously than the pontiff. For all of eternity.