The title of the head of the Roman Catholic Church is “pontiff”, which means, basically “bridge-builder” (in Latin: pontifex; I gather it’s thought by some that the Roman priests would bless new bridges, and the bishop of Rome inherited the term when ROme was Christianised).
Evidence that the title is undeserved comes from his head of state (really? A few square kilometres of Rome is a state?) visit to the UK, in which he declares that the Nazis, who appealed to God and Christianity (and in particular Catholicism) at every opportunity, were the “sobering lessons of the atheist extremism of the twentieth century”. Bullshit. They were, as the Telegraph’s blogger Tom Chivers notes, the outcome of the individuals and society of the day, and to call them an atheist movement is worse than calling them a Christian movement, because there is plenty of evidence that most Nazis were Christian. Basically, it’s historical revisionism.
That’s not building bridges. That’s building ghettoes. A new title is due to be added to the Pope’s already overblown list. It should come after “protector of pedophiles”.
Larry wonders if accommodationists will criticise the Pope for this. Here’s a criticism. I suspect he won’t think it’s enough.