Wednesday, November 30, 2005

So Fond of Benedict Now?

The Conservatives' Poster Pope has yet another radical statement to make. This one should invert things a little.

"Dear friends," the Holy Father said, "your presence in such large numbers gives me the opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation for the courageous and generous activity you carry out in support of the families of people hit by the deplorable social plague of usury."

Interest loans as a "social plague!" Actually, I'm sure this won't outrage Conservatives at all, because most of them will simply ignore it and go back to cherry-picking Benedict's points that they like. But seriously, this is another example of retrenching recent church doctrine and reverting to older more stringent doctrines. (Hat tip, Sullivan). Sure, he's not advocating policy of it, and the church hasn't put documents forth, but these are still dramatic statements. Perhaps bankers should be refused communion too.