SF Archbishop To Head Neo-Inquisition
File under: Back Room Gurudom
Archbishop William Levada of San Francisco has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to head the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, aka the Inquisition, which was the post the Pope held when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
Seeing as the guy's head didn't explode as a conservative theologian in the Mecca of sexual diversity, we're a bit optimistic that despite his traditional leanings, the Pope could have done worse in his selection... as long as Levada doesn't resurrect any of the practices of his forefathers.
Not that it would surprise or make a bit of difference. The Church is so removed from reality that they may as well be living on a different planet: Planet Dumb Patriarchy. But Levada has gained a reputation for conservatism with a heart, a step up from most of the other tradition-defending pit bulls we're aware of. While we don't think for a second that the Pope and Company will come and join the rest of us here in reality on Earth, at least they're making the effort to branch out by appointing the Bishop of Folsom Street, and by extension, the Folsom Street Fair.
And for whatever reason, that doesn't really seem that surprising anymore.