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Aol & The Pope


Did you see the disgraceful photo of the Pope that AOL featured on its “welcome” page July 31? It is widely known that the Pope suffers from a form of nervous disorder like Parkinson’s Disease, which at times makes it impossible for him to control his face muscles. There must be more photographs of him available than of any man in the universe, many of them showing him to be strikingly handsome even now, but especially when he was younger, so to choose one for a negative editorial purpose by taking advantage of his illness seems cruel beyond excuse. We expect AOL to be pro-gay (and politically most correct) rather than pro-Catholic, but this choice was in addition a clear lapse of taste, class, and decency. It was so bad that it was offensive, and an apology would not be out of place.


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