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Pope Palpatine

A Scary Photo Gallery of Pope Benedict XVI

Would you buy a used religion from this man?

Yes, anyone can have a bad hair day. Anyone can have fun with a silly hat.

But how is that someone who is supposed to be the living representative of God on Earth looks so consistently evil?

True story: the day Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope, someone replaced his picture (not me!) on his page at Wikipedia with this one of Senator Palpatine from Star Wars. It went unchanged for some time.

It's an appropriate comparison, seeing as both men started off as champions of the underdog and became spooky-looking, power-mad tyrants. And indeed, the graphic comparison to the evil Emperor is uncomfortably apt.

Palpatine

Senator Palpatine

Before he became Pope, Cardinal Joseph Alois Ratzinger served as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), which at one time had been called the Holy Office of the Universal Roman Inquisition. Yes, that Inquisition. The one that silenced Galileo and burnt Bruno. It was also the one that kept the lid on clergy sexual abuse for over 400 years.

As head of the CDF, Ratzinger deliberately cranked the clock back to the Middle Ages. Or at least long before the Second Vatican Council. He personally helped squash most of the progressive hopes that he himself had promoted during the Council. It reads like a litany of the damned. Among them are:

And the main reason: Clergy abuse cases are once again handled secretly, with automatic excommunication incurred by anyone who violates it. For more information see Timeline of the Sex Scandals

Not only that, Ratzinger is simply one scary-looking dude.

Of course, it's easy to exagerate the look with Photoshop...

But below are a series of photos of Benedict collected from the Internet. Judge for yourselves if they are fake or real.

Such a charming smile, and so humble too...

No, it's not "Evil Santa"...

It's good to be the Pope.

He certainly has fun with the job, loves waving at the crowds, and displaying himself for their adulation.

If he just didn't look so creepy...

Here's an interesting sequence. Enjoying the crowd's worship during a visit to his old stomping grounds in Munich, Benedict looks both more delighted and nastier by the second.

"Ego sum papa."

Masonic grip anyone?
I'm surprised the kids aren't crying....

"Trust me! I'm the Pope!"

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