Today the world was met with a shock as Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, citing his advanced age and health concerns as his reasons for stepping down. He is the first pope to resign in 600 years. In his official statement he said,
“In today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of St. Peter and proclaim the gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.”
For gay gamers, this likely comes as good news.
Much of Pope Benedict’s career has been mired in controversy. While the late Pope John Paul II ruled the Catholic Church with a decidedly progressive (for Catholicism) point of view, Pope Benedict has spent his eight year reign, officially ending on February 28th, pursuing more conservative ideals. “God’s Rottweiler”, Pope Benedict came under much fire for his covering up of the many sexual abuse scandals that rocked the Church in 2011 and, largely unresolved, continue to be a major controversy.
In 2007 for World Communications Day Pope Benedict made clear his stance on video games:
”Any trend to produce programmes and products – including animated films and video games – which in the name of entertainment exalt violence and portray anti-social behaviour or the trivialization of human sexuality is a perversion, all the more repulsive when these programmes are directed at children and adolescents. How could one explain this ‘entertainment’ to the countless innocent young people who actually suffer violence, exploitation and abuse?”
He has also dedicated a significant amount of his energy opposing LGBT equality. Most recently he has likened homosexuality to abortion and euthanasia, all equal threats to world peace in his eyes. In December 2012 he denounced efforts to legalize gay marriage and was quoted as saying,
“People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being…They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.”
For the gay, gaming, and most certainly gayming, communities Pope Benedict’s resignation no doubt comes with a collective sigh of relief. While no official announcement has been made, proceedings to find his replacement are speculated to begin March 1st.
In the meantime we here at Gaygamer.net are taking nominations. Final Fantasy XIII‘s Galenth Dysley perhaps?