Let's Impeach the Pope

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2009 5:09 PM CDT
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a Vesper ceremony in Yaounde, Cameroon, Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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(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." (Read more Pope Benedict XVI stories.)