Let's Impeach the Pope

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 18, 2009 5:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – In his short reign, Pope Benedict has managed to insult Muslims, women, and Holocaust survivors, writes Robert S. McElvaine, a professor at Millsaps College in Mississippi. But his latest controversy, telling Africans that condoms increase the spread of AIDS, is the last straw. "I am a Catholic and the idea that such a man is God's spokesperson on earth is absurd to me," writes McElvaine in the Washington Post.

"Let's start a movement within the Catholic Church to impeach Pope Benedict XVI and remove him from office," writes McElvaine, acknowledging that no such avenue exists. "While we're at it, let's replace him with a woman." McElvaine accuses the church of misogyny. "It should be obvious that the sin in an over-populated world is not attempting to control birth, but attempting to control birth control."

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a Vesper ceremony in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday.
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a Vesper ceremony in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Benedict XVI rides in his popemobile in Cameroon Wednesday.
Pope Benedict XVI rides in his popemobile in Cameroon Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with Cameroon's bishops Wednesday.
Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with Cameroon's bishops Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Benedict XVI waves to a cheering crowd in Yaounde, Cameroon, Tuesday.
Pope Benedict XVI waves to a cheering crowd in Yaounde, Cameroon, Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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There are, of course, no provisions in the hierarchical institution set up, not by Jesus but by men who ... in many cases perverted his teachings, for impeaching a pope and removing him from office. But there ought to be. - Robert S. McElvaine


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