Unbooked Guest of the Day

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Personalities of Popes

Guest Opportunity: Dr. Bart Rossi – The Nation’s Preeminent ‘Political Psychologist’

Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will be resigning as pope, the first to do so in about 600 years. Pope Benedict’s personality was greatly different that his predecessor, Pope John Paul. Pope John Paul won over the people while Pope Benedict’s more reserved style hadn’t.


Dr. Bart Rossi can discuss this by answering the following questions:

  • Why has the pope decided to resign?
  • How did Pope John Paul gain approval of the people with his personality?
  • Why does having a winning personality affect the acceptance and approval of a pope?
  • How do Pope John Paul and Pope Benedict’s personalities differ?

Meet Dr. Bart Rossi

Doctor Bart Rossi is a licensed psychologist and has a successful practice in New Jersey. He is also the nation’s preeminent’Political Psychologist’. His insights into how and why our elected officials do what they do making him invaluable to media outlets trying to make sense of the political mind. He can also speak to the thought process that motivates the domestic terrorist or random shooter. Doctor Rossi is regularly seen on TV speaking to these psychological issues and others.

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14 thoughts on “Unbooked Guest of the Day

  1. Richard


    Taking a bullet and then factor in the entire Solidarity and Lech Walesa thing didn’t hurt either. Or the fall of the Soviet Bloc and freedom of Poland.

    Had John Paul II faced the ineffectiveness of the American Bishops on the head and forced reform starting at the grass roots then JPII would not be as popular. The Black Hole of incompetency continues to suck in the light and devour US Catholicism.

    1. Richard

      Then there was JP IIs visits to Nicaragua and Salvador after the assasination of Archbishop Romero at the hands of Robert D’Aubuisson’s death squads.

      Liberation Theology was taking hold of Nicaragua with John Paul II walking the tightrope between Catholic Sandinista populists and Catholic pro-capitalists in their united hatred for the Somoza regime and general distrust of the Sandinista Marxists.

      Much of the church’s opposition to the brutal regimes (often US backed puppets and death squads) misses the US perception completely of a Pope in a Civil war zone in Cnetral America when vising these nations in 1983..

      The current Pope who wrote the treatise condeming Liberation Theology in the same time period is not as well loved? It’s more than personality.

  2. John R. McCommas

    I think there are two things you and liberals in general don’t like about Pope Benedict.

    1, He is Pro-Life

    2, He is a Catholic (and not just in name only)

    I think his popularity is just fine with Catholics. I have never heard anything to make me think he was not a very good man.

    I think it was Fred Barnes that said mockingly when the Pope was selected last time that liberals were angry that they picked a Catholic. I think that is it in a nutshell.
    I am not Catholic but I think I can live on the same planet with them. I don’t understand why liberals can’t reframe from interfering in their religion. There are no calls for diversity when it comes to Catholics.

    We got a Bozo on the Supreme Court that tried to hijack the way the Church operates with legislation. That bombed.

    We got a law on the books where the police take women that were raped and the State forced them to issue a Plan B pill if the victim wants it. That is against their religion. They consider it a chemical abortion.

    I don’t happen to agree with it – and others — but I respect their views. There are public hospitals near every Catholic Hospital. Why can’t rape victims be taken there instead so the Constitutional question can be avoided? Don Pesci asked that. No one was yet answered. As George Will would say, the silence is deafening….

    1. Richard

      Then there’s the St Mary’s hospital merger in Waterbury which Teresa Younger and Dan Malloy bungled losing the state $400 million in construction and jobs simply because the Catholic Church refused to perform tubal ligations in the Catholic wing of the new Health Center Anti-Catholic bigots and economic dopes made that decision for the state.

  3. Todd Zaino

    Great posts Richard and John, as a practicing Catholic, it troubles me greatly how the liberal media treats Catholics and Catholicism.

    Nice job guys.

    Funny but I always thought being pro-life was a good a noble thing…liberals have a talent for bastardizing anything…even good things.

    1. rally for gun control Feb 14 at 11

      Todd: Being that only 25% of Americans count themselves as Catholics, i think the media give more even-handed press then they should or need. The negative publicity has manifested itself on account of all the pedi priests being charge and mostly convicted. But that isn’t the half of it. The little accepted fact is that when an organization like the religious Catholics insist that their male-dominated and male-only “servants” of the lord are forced to be chaste, well then we all know the logical outcome to that vow.

      The Roman Catholic Church is about control, servantude, repression and political influence clocked in a facade of religious propaganda.

      Not only are women discriminated against, but are also made to conform to the dictates of mid evil-type repression that forbids… oh screw it. they forbid everything.

      BTW: I was once a Catholic but finally went straight (as in self-reformed). I know what the inside looks like and it is frightening.

      1. Richard

        Quote: “The Roman Catholic Church is about control, servantude, repression and political influence clocked in a facade of religious propaganda.”

        Wouldn’t priests become politicians and Protestants if they wanted that role? What could be better than Al Gore’s wealth? Or Bill Clinton’s sex drive? Or Barack Obama’s self-worship? No sin. Abort as much as you like, divorce as much as you like, and swing either way. There’s no rules. It’s all about power and forcing the Paula Jones types into a head game. Now That’s power!

        1. Rally Against Guns Feb 14 at Capital

          I once dressed up as a priest for Helloween and I had doors held open for me more then once.

          Hell, I thought to put the collar on the next day too.

  4. peter brush

    Why does having a winning personality affect the acceptance and approval of a pope?
    It might be entertaining to chat with him about the “political mind” or the murderer’s “thought process.” But,something tells me that this Doc Rossi is full of beans. Actually, I’m suspicious of the whole “science” of the psyche. Perhaps he has some “insights” into why people become psychologists, or into the even greater mystery as to why anyone pays them.
    Systemic bias
    In 1959 statistician Theodore Sterling examined the results of psychological studies and discovered that 97% of them supported their initial hypotheses, implying a possible publication bias.[86][87][88] Similarly, Fanelli (2010)[89] found that 91.5% of psychiatry/psychology studies confirmed the effects they were looking for, which was around five times more often than in fields such as space- or geosciences. Fanelli argues that this is because researchers in “softer” sciences have fewer constraints to their conscious and unconscious biases.

  5. peter brush

    Roman Catholic Church is about control, servantude, repression
    It’s said that there’s no zealot like the convert. I’ve noticed something analogous in those who have left the Church. I’m not a religious person, but surely the role of the Church, and particularly of Pope John Paul, in resisting control and repression by atheistic totalitarianism must be acknowledged. Could have something to do with Bill Buckley’s statement from “God and Man at Yale.”
    “I consider this battle of educational theory important and worth time and thought even in the context of a world situation that seems to render totally irrelevant any fight except the power struggle against Communism. I myself believe that the duel between Christianity and atheism is the most important in the world. I further believe that the struggle between individualism and collectivism is the same struggle reproduced on another level.”

    Don; Nabokov was excellent on Freud.
    “Oh, I am not up to discussing again that figure of fun. He is not worthy of more attention than I have granted him in my novels and in Speak, Memory. Let the credulous and the vulgar continue to believe that all mental woes can be cured by a daily application of old Greek myths to their private parts. I really do not care.”

  6. Rally Against Guns Feb 14 at Capital

    Peter: You have an interesting point about zealots. But I didn’t leave the Church to go to another one. Indeed, I had a catholic education and we were encouraged to use reason as a tool. I reasoned slowly that there was no God. No higher intelligence. Nothing.

    And it is OK.

    Belief is the drug of choice of religionists. But proof in the lab is the scientist’s choice.

    Communism vs individualism is irrelevant today. Believe in Jesus and I’ll sell you Jesus Jeans.

    How many pairs do you want? And do you want them with a stretch waist just in case?

  7. peter brush

    Rally; do they come in corduroy? I haven’t had a nice pair of corduroys in years.
    Reason is good, and will take you a long way. As you note, the Catholic church not opposed to it, but question as to limits of reason, so that, for example, if Kant can be believed, one can “prove” the existence of God but also prove that He doesn’t exist, demonstrating, again if Kant can be believed, that the matter is simply outside the bounds of human reasoning. And, question as to other types of “knowing.” Read Dante; how he came to God by falling in love with Beatrice. Read Pascal, a great mathematician, on the need for reason to “submit.”
    But, please don’t dismiss your religious tradition out of hand or overestimate the value of modern sophistication.

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