Why The Pope Resigned

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

[Picture of Pope John Paul II]POPE JOHN PAUL II was charismatic, well-loved, and out-going. His almost 27 year-long papacy was outward looking, and that was a major problem for the Roman catholic church; it was falling apart both organisationally and doctrinally.

It’s difficult to put the view that John Paul II  was bad for the church because he was so universally liked. I am arguing that here that Pope Benedict was needed because John Paul was bad for the church, and because of what happened with John Paul in terms of infirmity and decline, Benedict had no option but to resign this week.

Pope John Paul promoted a lot of the ‘wrong people’ into powerful positions, and one of his favourites was the Rev. Marcial Maciel of ‘The Legion of Christ’ — who grew utterly corrupt, and extremely powerful and wealthy under John Paul during his last years with Parkinson’s Disease.

The church’s finances were questionable, and behind the scenes was an ever-growing corruption of many types. Nothing had been done about increasing number of the sexual abuse allegations reported about in the papers, and no-one feared the Pope in his many long years of declining health and ability.

Under Karol Józef Wojtyła as John Paul II , the Roman Catholic church had shrunk considerably, it was falling apart, and it seemed to be never out of the press for all the wrong reasons.

If only John Paul II has resigned before things had got so bad.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, had taken a job that no-one else wanted, Read the rest of this entry »

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How Design Really Changes Lives

Monday, 28 February 2011

IT IS often said that no-one notices good design, but everyone notices when cupboard doors collide, window latches cannot be reached, or games consoles break.  Everyone knows bad design.

It is true that we all put up with badly designed road traffic systems, and we know that cars could be designed better. There are many products, buildings, and organisational structures that could be improved upon with a little consideration and care.

Design — good or bad — is far more important than it gets credit for.  Design affects us all very deeply indeed.  It you think again about the phrase used to open this article —  if no-one notices good design, then it must be the case that it operates on an unconscious level.  So design is affecting us all the time, whether we know it or not.

Design can give us repetitive strain injury, design can help save lives. It is a wonderful thing, and I hope to show here how recent changes in design have changed us into 21st century people, and that it has affected our culture and lifestyles, and that it may continue to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Name Changes are Bad

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

[Picture of an Old Globe]I AM going to argue here that we ought to refuse to accept requests from abroad to change English names of countries and cities on the grounds that it is potentially manipulative, definitely confusing, and that it robs that country of all respect due from an historical association. Read the rest of this entry »