Forty-seven years ago, when JFK was running for the presidency, bigots and brigands warned that a Catholic president would be nothing more than the Pope’s mouthpiece and that the Executive power of the United States government would by fully vested in the Roman Curia.
Nearly a half century later, I’m here to put your minds at ease. The Pope won’t be sitting in that little round office in DC any time soon because the Vatican can’t handle regular website updates – let alone effectively pull the strings of a puppet government in Washington.
During the course of some research on the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (The commission that deals with the Latin Mass/Sacraments, etc) I was trolling the Vatican website [English vers.] and noticed this little blurb:
The commission has a president, Cardinal Angelo Felici, a secretary, Msgr. Camille Perl, and several assistants. A group of “permanent experts” composed of representatives of the dicasteries concerned offer their advice and expertise.
Actually, Cardinal Felici hasn’t headed the commission in more than SEVEN years and, come to think of it, he’s been dead since last June.
So if a Catlik’ wins the Oval Office next November and your fundamentalist neighbor starts spreading dark conspiracy theories about the insidious power of the Jesuits and the Pope, assure him that he has NOTHING to fear.