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The Pope's Funeral

Does anyone else find it more than a little strange that world leaders are falling over themselves to attend the Pope's funeral, thus aligning themselves with one of the most controversial and, arguably, tyrannical institutions of the century? In recent years the Pope has, among other things, advocated unsafe sex (whilst at least half of Africa is dying of Aids-related illnesses), and denounced homsexuality as evil. It strikes me that the massive public gatherings in Rome that we're now watching on our TV screens might be represented and condemned as 'fundamentalism' or 'religious fanatacism' if they were taking place in, say, the Middle East... At the very least, they would probably be regarded with great suspicion. Isn't this all deeply hypocritical?
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posted by Blogger Krupskaya at 4:28 pm

Hypocritical? He and Bush were brothers in arms, although each held religious beliefs that named the other the worst of sinners. It's enough to make your head explode, if you think about it too long.    



posted by Blogger Krupskaya at 10:53 pm

That was a very Ameri-centric post, of course. Your mileage may vary.    



posted by Anonymous Howard Veldman at 1:23 am

All the leaders know that there are plenty of catholics out there to vote for them. They might as well have been handing out party baloons and t-shirts with VOTE ME PLEASE! Probably a great networking opportunity to sell a few arms at the bash afterwards too.    



posted by Anonymous Deaniep at 1:26 am

There's a great poem by James Tate called Choosing the Next Pope. Irreverent, I believe is the word.    



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