Via Eschaton, another item courtesy of Mambotaxi. This is an excerpt from Michaelangelo Signorile, who talks about confronting Ratzinger in a protest years ago. It’s always worth remembering that Ratzinger was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, formerly known as the Inquisition. While the Congregation/Inquisition may have put away their racks and other torture devices, their function is still to enforce orthodoxy within the Church. Pope John Paul II stifled intellectual freedom and dissent in the Church, deliberately appointing only Cardinals who agreed with his traditionalist views. Pope Benedict XVI comes from an authoritarian background, and queers and women are likely to get especially screwed by it. And not in the good way.