"VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict Saturday rehabilitated a traditionalist bishop wh denies the Holocaust, despite warnings from Jewish leaders that it would seriously harm Catholic-Jewish relations and foment anti-Semitism."
The Pope went to Colludge too didn't he?
Before going for a swim in this pond, I say I am not Catholic or Jewish. Nor am I Hindi, Buddhist, Evangelical or any other identifiable religious group. I am Comradian. Who or what is that you might ask? I'll get to that some other time, but for now I want to talk a bit about wtf is the matter with these people?
Regular readers of old Gart's blog may remember recent discussions about religion as a tool, and I want to expand that thought today and point out my sentiments on how Religious leaders are often Tools too. To what end is the question?
Given the situation in Gaza, and the overall volatility in the World presently, what would possess someone who is supposedly a great leader of millions to make a move such as this at this time? The Pope is old, his advisor's are mostly old, they are supposed to be wise. How wise is it to poke shit with a stick? Furthering that thought, how wise is it for a German Pope to poke that particular turd? Please excuse my Okie vernacular here, but dressing it up with nice words doesn't change the essence of it.
In my view, Religion is mostly a business, and represents various group interests. If the interest here is to further inflame emotions and lever umpteen million Catholics and non Jews toward antagonism and umpteen million Jews further down the road of them or us, then I understand the motivation. I neither agree with it, nor like it, but I understand. A moment of reflection here. Isn't Western Civilization supposed to be the evolved ones?
This move on four Bishops has no practical advantage for mankind that I can see, or significance beyond symbolism, and any States person, or messenger of Peace, Love and Goodwill toward mankind should see that.
If the old fart was truly wise, he would know that people are becoming to see Israel as representing the interests of some peoples vision of what Israel is and should be, and that this view is not shared by all Jewish people. If news reports are any indication, a lot of Jewish people don't share that view. He would also realize that these people have done far more harm to the reputation of Israel via recent actions, than he could with this approach.