Some tiny creature, mad with wrath,

Is coming nearer on the path.

--Edward Gorey

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas, Again

In a striking bit of hypocrisy, Pope Benedict XVI, after just two days ago excoriating Italian legislators for proposing legislation to recognize civil unions that would be available to homosexuals, offered the following Christmas comments:

"Jesus came for each one of us and made us brothers," he said from his window overlooking St. Peter's Square as pilgrims and tourists began gathering for the Christmas Eve midnight Mass to be celebrated by the pope.

Benedict said people should strive to "overcome preconceived ideas and prejudices, tear down barriers and eliminate contrasts that divide -- or worse -- set individuals and peoples against each other, so as to build together a world of justice and peace."**

I believe that makes 'Love the sinner, hate the sin' the best available interpretation, which isn't saying much.

I'm not back to do political blogging. Just dropping by to note a shameful bit of bullshit for the heck of it. For Christmas, perhaps we should recognize the value of the latter message and just chalk up the former to, oh, well, I don't know . . . be charitable. After all, it's Christmas.
** For those who want context, His Infallibility's latter comments were aimed at the prejudice and hostility toward Christians found in predominately Muslim countries. Doesn't it just suck when someone interferes with your right to exist and exercise your own prerogatives within the private sphere without offical discrimination?

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Anonymous May said...

"...a world of justice and peace": what are they talking about? Utopia?

4:21 PM  

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