well thanks joost and bobber, i did present that kind of unfairly
though that's what i meant when i said 'those were different times' . .
and regardless of the circumstance, it's still not a good look for a pope
i'm not a fan either
i have family in the clergy and i know all about this political little weasly co-conspiritor . . . was that biased enough?
anyway, on a side note - here's the quote i was referring to where he singles out the beatles. lol - 1996 !!! just . . back away from the floyd slowwwwwwly
.From the Times, 25Th Nov 1996.
Cardinal condemns pop devil music
FROM RICHARD OWEN IN ROME
ONE of the Roman Catholic world's most powerful figures
has branded rock music an "instrument of the Devil" and
urged young people not to listen to it for fear of
endangering their souls.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, head of the modern successor
to the Inquisition, said there were "diabolical and
satanic messages" in much of today's heavy metal music.
But he also warned the young against the "subliminal"
satanic influence to be found in songs by such groups
as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen,
Led Zeppelin and the Eagles.
Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregration for
the Doctrine of the Faith, is considered the highest
moral authority in the Vatican after the Pope, at whose
side he has been for almost all of the latter's 18-year
reign. His stern admonishment and even excommunication
of dissident theologians has earned him a fearsome
Speaking yesterday at a Mass marking the feast of St
Cecilia, the patron saint of music, Cardinal Ratzinger
agreed that there were many good things in modern pop
music, but added that there was also a great deal that
"endangers the human soul". He urged heavy metal bands
in particular to "purify themselves".
Vatican officials identified some of the "worst
offenders" as Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath and AC/DC,
whose initials they claimed referred not to alternating
current or even bisexuality, but to the satanic phrase
"Anti-Christ, Death to Christ".