one tablet twice a month, with water

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 04, 2006

The Tablet is re-branding itself as the Protease Inhibitor of the English-speaking Church, viz., in its effort to keep the ailing Left alive. Check out this bit of papal biography offered in the current issue:

Once installed in the Vatican, Cardinal Ratzinger set about deploying the full force of his powers -- "cracking the whip immediately on taking office" as one of his critics put it -- and, reflecting the priorities of his master John Paul, he soon turned his attention to the Liberation Theologians of Latin America. I have spoken to many people in the Catholic Church -- from cardinals downwards -- who liked and admired the late Pope but disliked much of what was done in his name, and I have found that Cardinal Ratzinger -- before he became Benedict XVI, at least -- was often the lightning rod they used to focus their anger away from John Paul.

Force. Powers. Cracking the whip. His master. Lightning rod. Anger. The great thing about being a liberal is that you learn to use the language of love.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 08, 2006 7:42 PM ET USA

    "Sounds like the Sith Lords from Star Wars." Break me a give.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 05, 2006 6:16 PM ET USA

    Di, you're dead on. The question now is, who is the Apprentice? Oh, oh, oh, pick me! Pick me!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 05, 2006 2:07 PM ET USA

    Liberals seek to pass themselves off as reformers, progressives, intellectual, know-it-alls. Liberation Theology is out. Can't they get that notion? Christ did not preach armed conflict, nor did he commission priests to lead the charge into armed conflict. The article seeks to divide the Church in segements:official, popular, reactionary. Conquer it that way? Jesus cracked the whip on the money lenders in the temple for one reason. They did not belong there! The Pope defends the Faith.

  • Posted by: Dragon - Apr. 04, 2006 5:30 PM ET USA

    I've found this article extremely useful... The Psychology Underlying "Liberalism"

  • Posted by: - Apr. 04, 2006 3:31 PM ET USA

    Pope Benedict is not a rottweiler. He is our German Shepherd!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 04, 2006 1:18 PM ET USA

    Since Cdl. Ratzinger didn't deliver on the Liberals promise that he would be a Rottweiler in the Vatican, they have to do something, for gosh sakes.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 04, 2006 11:52 AM ET USA

    "Always there are two: a master and an apprentice." Sounds like the Sith Lords from Star Wars. Are you sure this wasn't the April Fool's edition of The Tablet because their assessment bears no resemblance to the reality that most of have seen in the past year?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 04, 2006 11:04 AM ET USA

    You must understand the Left. When Marx and Engels are taken for philosophers rather than a comedy team, you get hyperbole in almost every thought and utterance. Is there ever a crisis, conspiracy, or catastrophe that the Left has not been braying about? Of course, given that I am a foaming right-wing theocrat, I would say that now, wouldn't I? Kind of like the Blitzkrieg arriving from the Vatican soon.