The pope who wanted to become a house painter

September 28, 2008

Pope Benedict, 17 Sept 2008/Max RossiPope Benedict originally wanted to become a house painter. That comes from someone who should know — his older brother Georg. The other priest in the Ratzinger family told Andrea Tornielli, the vaticanista for the Italian daily Il Giornale, that he remembered his brother Joseph saying this after being confirmed by the cardinal who later ordained both brothers:

“Joseph was confirmed by Cardinal Michael Faulhaber, the archbishop of Munich, in Tittmoning. He was very impressed and said he would like to become a cardinal too. But only a few days after that meeting, while watching the painter who was painting the walls of our house, he said he would like to become a house painter when he grew up …”

Tornielli’s interview with Fr. Georg Ratzinger is entitled “My brother, the pope (who wanted to become a house painter)”. There’s a papal touch in the original Italian — the word for house painter is l’imbianchino, literally “the whitener.” Now as pope, he always wears white.

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I wish he had.

The role of the ‘POPE’ is just about as relavant as a 15th century despot.

As head of a huge money-making orgaisation that sentences people to death via unwanted pregnancy, venereal disease, and the starvation of young children born into abject poverty from whence the Pope still expects donations, he should hang his head in shame.

If you read the prima facea eveidence of what the popes have gottern up to over the last 1000 years, you will understand what I am talking about.

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