The pope silently longs for me to call him an asshole.
… in the city of Aparecida [Brazil], the Pope “touch[ed] on a sensitive historical episode,” …declared that “the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean” were “silently longing” to receive Christ as their savior. He was “the unknown God whom their ancestors were seeking, without realizing it …” Colonization by Spain and Portugal was not a conquest, but rather an “adoption” of the Indians through baptism, making their cultures “fruitful” and “purifying” them. Accordingly, “the proclamation of Jesus and of his Gospel did not at any point involve an alienation of the pre-Columbian cultures, nor was it the imposition of a foreign culture.”
I didn’t want to do it, but, okay, Benedict, you’re an asshole.