The Revolver Roundtable Ep. XX: Pope’s, Ploys and Poe Boys

“The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.”
– Tacitus

Selection criteria plays a subconscious role in our day to day lives. What this means is, while we might not realise it, from the time we wake up and have our first interaction with other forms of consciousness, to the time we wind our own down and rest for the day, there is a constant process of information processing occurring in our very brains. Part of the truth is that we may struggle with most of what we engage on a daily basis because we are challenged with new information that either totally or subtly conflicts with our wealth of knowledge that we have accumulated right since infant years. Acknowledging this and living in what is para metrically defined as the “First World”, it’s a miracle that our brains aren’t all irreparably damaged.

Well, most of us anyway.
Well, most of us anyway.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected this past Wednesday (13 March 2013) as the New Pope following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The newly christened “Pope Francis” – the name he has chosen to go by – has already garnered much interest in the public eye, in the opinions of some for better or worse. But what does it mean to the every man? Religion, as anyone with or without one knows, is an intensely subjective matter, a point which cannot be stressed enough especially in today’s social climate. This is not to say that any is right, wrong or absolute, but rather that your spirituality is as individualistic a trait as say, how high you can jump, or the length of your ass crack.

So we’re not talking about that. We’re talking about religion, but an institution which historically has one of the strongest influences in international affairs since the Roman Empire circa 212 AD (the approximate year of it’s enfranchisement).

It’s only been four days but lets look at what precedence this elections has set: the selection of the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church demonstrates a flexibility contrasting papatic traditionalism, which critics heavily associate with the hierarchical structure of Catholicism. The vibe is that ole P. Franky will bring about a term of renewal of Christian fundamentals i.e. practices of social understanding and good will, and extending this to a proactive reconciliation with other faiths. This aligns with furthering the diplomatic goals of his predecessor, Benedict, who during his tenure was able to establish complete and stable relations with several new countries, including Russia, and improve its ties with many more, one of the more noteworthy being Saudi Arabia.

“~What’s love got to do, got to do…”

Note: The guy to the right will be played by Ben Kingsley in a bio pic about the guy to the right.
Note: The guy to the right will be played by Ben Kingsley in a bio pic about the guy to the right.

He is also the first pope to ascend from Jesuit teachings. Founded in the 1500s, the “Society of Jesus” are considered as the most learned/intellectually astute of the Catholic Churches religious sects. Jesuits run education institutions around the world and tend to shun positions of power in favor of missionary work. Controversy surrounding the group tends to label them as too liberal and politically engaged. Furthermore he is an outsider, a traveler, the first pope in over 1, 200 years to be of South American descendancy. For a man of religion and in a position of power, a rare role in today’s world, he comes off as incredibly humble.

So with the dick riding done, what’s on the b-side?

The latest news reel directs accusation to Pope Francis during his time as a high ranking official within the Jesuits based in Argentina in the 1970’s. During the military junta operating in Argentina at the time, two priests, Orlando Yorio and Francisco Jalics, were kidnapped in May of that year by the navy. A 2005 lawsuit accused Bergoglio of unspecified involvement in the abductions.

“History condemns him. It shows him to be opposed to all innovation in the Church and above all, during the dictatorship, it shows he was very cozy with the military,”
– journalist Horacio Verbitsky’s book “The Silence,” based on an account by Orlando Yorio.

Couple this speculative aura of malicious history with his forthcoming disapproval of homosexual marriage, and like any person in power, he garners as many detractors as he does supporters.

What do we do with this information?

Well not a whole lot at this point. As I stated before, it challenges our mind a little, maybe reinforces a few old opinions we already had about topics of identity, religion etc. But really, even at it’s most morose, public opinion boils down to the actions of the individuals translating to the will of the masses. And with the population boom looking to climb still for another 30 odd years before it potentially stabilizes, I’d say there are better things in life to argue with friends about.

But hey, at least he doesn’t look like Palpatine anymore.

Oh, I promised Poe Boys. Well close to that, I heavily (and quickly) recommend dropping into Bondi’s Truck Stop for one of their various buns. It’s all good. It all tastes pretty fxcking awesome.

There’s also the racially unforgiving Fried Chicken and Watermelon. But like the comedian says, if you don’t like fried chick or watermelon, then there’s something wrong with you!


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