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Secrecy = deceit, why would anyone follow those who would seek to deceive them? How could one ever trust them? When is what they say the truth? How could one ever really tell the difference?
I don't believe most Catholics care about the little things that go on in the Vatican. The Pope hitting his head shouldn't be news. On the other hand, killing the unborn should be making headlines.
In a culture that hears confessions, secrecy can be a GOOD thing. In a culture that lives eats breaths forgiveness, second chances can be a GOOD thing. In a culture that doesn't raise children, the reaction to abuse & 'cover-up' will be a surprise.
Could the A.P. have picked a more anti-Catholic writer than this? BTW, I'm not religious.
"unaccountable to worldly laws"
You know, laws like: FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING FOR DRUG CARTELS, PEDOPHILIA, THEFT, MURDER. Among other BS worldly laws like that. :(
When did the AP start hiring "writers" who would turn in opinion pieces disguised as stories, or who lacked the chops to do basic research? No wonder newspapers are dropping the AP. Over 3 years ago, Benedict himself said that if a pope isn't mentally or physically up to the task, he should step down. His resignation should be a "surprise" only to those who didn't read or remember this statement.
If the pope himself has a direct connection to God above, why should there be any concern that the pope emeritus would wield any influence over decisions made by the incoming pope? And if this position is somehow appointed by God, through voting by these cardinals, why don't they just use a ouija board? Unless you've grown up Catholic, I don't think you can understand this stuff.
after watching the movie Deliver Us From Evil...I did a bit more research....somewhere on the IMB site or wiki...I remember something like.....at the request of the vatican George Bush gave immunity to XXX from criminal prosecution....I really thought it was connected to this pope...now I cannot find that reference anywhere. I think this is why he rtesigned...the XXX is gonna hit the fan as recent papers concerning coverups just became available
As for requiring people to keep silent, that's not so unusual in many settings. I was reminded that employees of Oprah's enterprise Harpo sign a confidentiality agreement. I'm not saying whether that's good or bad, nor am I suggesting that the Vatican operates like Harpo, but confidentiality is a requirement in many jobs.
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