*The Abdication Drama continues:
*La Repubblica reports that the existence of a "gay lobby" within the Vatican contributed to the Pope's abdication. Vatican spokesman says these are "fantasies", but please just look the other way while this guy conveniently disappears. What a bunch of buffoons! Some of those who will choose the next pope don't even understand what the Church teaches about ordination, they are confused among each other on even the most basic questions of morality! They think we are as stupid as they are!
*Reaction from prominent European traditionalists is anything but positive.
*Rumors of a new ultimatum and deadline for the SSPX are not true. The Holy Father tweets, "not my problem anymore."
*Mahoney: Conclave or bust!
*Maybe an African Pope is the ticket? "The less contaminated the new pope is by the dominant Euro-USA secular liberal-left mindset, the better it will be for normal people everywhere, Catholic or not."
*Because, of course, an essential duty of the pope is to fly on airplanes. Of course, that explains it!
*Archbishop Robert Smith of Edmonton: The Pope is teaching us how to be a quitter! Thank God for the church leadership we have!
*Pravda refuses to parrot the party-line. Exactly how is this a good thing?
*Pope's pension is secured. For the rest of us who will have to work until the day we die, well...
I'm sorry folks, but this whole thing is simply ridiculous. Is this the Vatican leadership that the SSPX and traditional Catholics must submit? Between their tweeting, quitting, "gay lobbying"... it's all just one big, Vatican II, joke! And the joke is on us, brothers and sisters... the joke is on us. This action on the part of Benedict XVI, while legally acceptable, in practice will do little more than strip one more thing from the modern Church that is sacred and noble. Now the papacy can be judged by modernity, expediency and utility. How is that good for the Church?
One thing, and only one thing, will reform this mess, and that is a total abrogation of the Second Vatican Council and all the changes, in teaching and method, in governance, in liturgy and in theology that followed that Council. The Vatican II experiment was tried, and it failed. It has done thing but denude the Church Militant of the sacred, and we are approaching the point at which it can no longer be tolerated. It's time to return to Tradition!
*Shocker! VCII Vatican in cahoots with the Chinese government.
*Chronology of the Ratzinger papacy's relations with the SSPX.
*What exactly is American Catholicism?
*"Delegate" of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Bishop Azevedo, has a sex abuse skeleton in his closet. Is this the Vatican to which the SSPX must submit?
*When not promoting abortion and artificial contraception abroad (albeit, indirectly) CRS lectures us about government spending at home.
*German bishops say it is perfectly OK to kill babies. Way to go novus ordo!
*A fifth straight Armageddon for the US Government! Really? How many Armageddons do we need before the end actually gets here? Rush nails it. It's just a farce, and that's all.
*Stanley Druckenmiller: "We have an entitlement problem."
*Patrick Buchanan: Death by Free Trade.
*0 Hedge: Central banks are the devil.