Brandon112586 saidWhy does anyone care what he thinks? He has about as much authority as a clam.
And your ignorance is astonishing. Considering how many people around the world who not only follow him blindly, but actually DETERMINE their outlook on life based upon any given Pope, then I'd say, whether we agree with him or not, or find him repugnant or not, that in fact he DOES have authority. Certainly not divinely-ordained, mind you, but by virtue of his influence over the mindless, yes, he has authority.
And needs to be removed from this planet. If we were aboard the Battlestar Galactica, I'd say "Airlock the frakker!"