“We discard a whole generation to maintain an economic system that no longer endures, a system that to survive has to make war, as the big empires have always done,” he said. Pope Francis
I imagine the Curia, and College of Cardinals, the “Princes” of the Catholic Church are taking turns bending over and having a fellow “prince” kick them in the rear for electing Pope Francis – he’s causing a stir both within the Vatican and globally.
Talk about a dark horse candidate coming out of nowhere who now seems intent on kicking ass and taking names – a course shaking the very foundations of Catholicism, and inspite of all the grievances the nations can lay at the Churches door I give him credit for an effort that may be too little too late.
I’ve often wondered if a title like “prince” can be bestowed upon men in funny hats why hasn’t a single nun ever been referred to as a “princess”? Not that I believe in royalty of any kind.
Oh yeah, almost forgot, women within the church are supposed to be “humble” and restrict themselves to a “service” mode.
A humility and service those with “authority” over them from lowly parish priest to some who have worn “the shoes of the fisherman” interpreted to include abject submissiveness and sexual favors at times.
Something you won’t find in the Apostles Creed or dogma, but then there historically have been many things not to be found in their teachings or bible as it hasn’t been until recently they were keen on the idea of people actually reading the bible or asking questions.
Nuns are said to be the brides of Jesus, married to him, even wear a wedding band- priests and the hierarchy portray themselves as a stand in for Jesus, some apparently seek to capitalize on that and claim their brides.
All the hypocrisy gave rise to Martin Luther and the reformation movement.
The church is very much a corporate entity with great wealth, it’s fingers in a multitude of global pies – they even have their own bank.
Forgiveness and access to heaven are the product they market by hook or by crook. Need a Mass said? Put your request on the list and add a few dollars.
Need to be absolved for something big? Purchase a “special dispensation”.
Yup, the doors to Heaven are open for all those willing to humble themselves to a mere man while sitting in the confines of a coffin like box asking for forgiveness or willing to pony up some money.
I doubt this current pope will do away with such practices, but perhaps he can force the snake to shed enough skin to make a meaningful difference.
The “big empires” and war, ain’t it the truth……though the pope failed to include the empire of the Church that has waged notable wars of it’s own, and not without an eye to their own economic system.