In light of today's news that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28, SFist asked the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a Catholic parody performance organization that uses drag and religious imagery to call attention a variety of injustices, to give us their thoughts on the Pope's surprise adieu.
Speaking on behalf of the noted organization, Sister Eve Volution said:
I believe most Sisters are applauding his decision for many reasons. He has turned out to be such a reactionary Pope on so many different levels and seemed intent on leading the Church backwards when it comes to LGBT issues and the role of women in the Church, among other issues. The recent institution of a such a conservative Archbishop to San Francisco, who was one of the architects for Yes on 8, shows just how out of touch the Vatican is to its laity.
Coupled with his hand in the cover up of worldwide sex-abuse scandals when he was in charge of the Inquisition, now known as The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, he seems to be ill suited in leading the Church. A Church that seems increasingly at odds with the modern world. My hope, and I am sure other Sisters do as well, is that the current Cardinals vote in a Pope that steers the Church back down the path to Vatican II where it was trying to make itself relevant, progressive and inclusive. Not sure if that will happen but one could hope.