Tuesday, January 15, 2008

La Sapienza Hurts Pope Ben's Feelings

Pope Benedict is learning that no matter how long ago you said it, if it was stupid enough it will haunt you forever.

Way back in 1990, when he was going by the nom de guerre Cardinal Ratzinger:

Pope Benedict was in charge of Roman Catholic doctrine in 1990 when, as Cardinal Ratzinger, he commented on the 17th-Century Galileo trial.

In the speech, he quoted Austrian-born philosopher Paul Feyerabend as saying the Church's verdict against Galileo had been "rational and just".

Professors and students suggested, politely, that maybe the Pope should take a pass. (The students hung a sign at lunch "KNOWLEDGE NEEDS NEITHER FATHERS NOR PRIESTS."

Vatican Radio, with all the panache of a "turn blue" rebuttal, came up with this:

Vatican Radio said the protest at La Sapienza had "a censorious tone".

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