Pope Benedict XVI ’s new Twitter account has been revealed as @Pontifex. He will not do his first tweet until December 12, but other Twitter members are already chiming in, some welcoming him, others slamming, reports Twitchy.com.
Sen. Charles Grassley tweeted: "Welcome to Twitter Pope Benedict. U will find it useful and interesting."
NBC's Chuck Tood said it best when he tweeted: "Memo to self: tweeting about the Pope invites even nastier replies."
Here are a few examples of the "nastier" Tweets:
Atheist Richard Dawkins tweeted: "The Pope's newborn account @BenedictusPPXVI has 0 tw but already over 10K followers. But whom is he going to follow?"
Roseanne Barr said: "the pope is just another man in a dress telling women what to do."
Twitter user Tom Freeman: "The Pope will fit right in on Twitter. We too have no idea how to responsibly handle allegations of paedophilia (sic)."
Twitter user Oliver Taylor: "The great thing about Ratzinger's twitter is that we can finally report the Pope for abuse. Abuse of boys, human rights & twitter @Pontifex."
Twitter user Sukus Spookus: "The Pope will need some 14 year old boys to sort out his #Twitter glitches....oh wait."
The f-word was included on many tweets as well.