April 20, 2005
Another “American” Pope
Regarding the reasons for papal elections? They are based on reasons of faith, not global politics, and certainly not to further American government interests.
These cardinals have spent the majority of their lives practicing Catholisism and have the intellect, training, and temperment required to make these decisions. Think of them as selfless, very very empathetic, loving CEO's. I think it would be ignorant to assume that their thoughts are totally pure and not in any way political, but in the end their resolves are based in their faith, and for them nothing comes before God, not personal agendas, nothing.
Pope Benedict is neither a Bush appointee nor the opposer to liberalism that you claim. The Catholic church believes that god gave us freedom, and it's up to us to regulate ourselves in as much of a Jesus-like manner. They contend that they have the best idea of what that manner is due to the fact that they are the only true christion church, and all others are variations on a theme based on liberal interpretations of their book, the bible. Their interpretations have been passed straight down from those who were there 2000 years ago. Pope Benedict has the job of defending the gospel of Christ and ensuring that these philosophies, and the practices that reflect them, last at least until the end of his tenure.
Good job starting these discussions by the way. It's nice to hear other's point of view as long as they give reasons for them.
(got to your site from Next Blog)
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