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Suddenly, His Holiness seems to care about certain things he ignored in Castrolandia

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In Castrolandia, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI  refused to touch "politics" or "political ends."  Never mind the proverbial  ten foot pole: in the kingdom of the Castro brothers, not even a mile long pole would have sufficed .  He also refrained from declaring any type of violence as sinful, even as Castronoid goons assaulted a man right in front of him.  He made no mention in Cuba of anything remotely political.  Yet, in Lebanon today, he passed judgment on certain types of behavior as "grave sins," condemned violence, and defended the sanctity of the "individual conscience."  He even dared to speak in favor of  "freedom."   In Castrolandia, he also refused to spend any time with those of his flock who oppose a murderous regime, but gave an entire hour to the tyrant who enslaves them all.  And while he held the tyrant's hands, he never once upbraided him for his behavior.

One can only help but think that His Holiness judges nations on a sliding scale.  Some are superior, some are inferior.  Some deserve to hear him defend the full dignity of the human individual, created in the image of God.  Some don't.

And one cannot help but  think of  the shortest and most beautiful sentence in the New Testament.  John 11:35:  "Jesus wept."

From the BBC, also responsible for Monty Python, Top Gear, and nearly every show PBS relies upon during its fundraising pledge drives.

Pope urges religions to root out fundamentalism

Pope Benedict XVI has called on Christians, Muslims and Jews to "root out" religious fundamentalism, on the first day of his trip to Lebanon.

His three-day visit marks the first papal trip to the country in 15 years.

During his stay, the pontiff will meet politicians and leaders from Lebanon's 18 religious groups, many of whom are divided over the conflict in Syria.

The visit coincides with protests erupting across the Middle East and Asia over a film mocking Islam.

"Religious fundamentalism seeks to take power for political ends, at times using violence, over the individual conscience and over religion," the Pope said.

"All religious leaders in the Middle East [should] endeavour, by their example and their teaching, to do everything possible to uproot this threat, which indiscriminately and fatally affects believers."

The pontiff's exhortations were made public as he signed recommendations on how to improve the lives of the Christian minority, making up 40% of Lebanon's population, and its relations with Islam and Judaism.

Syria remains the defining issue in Lebanese politics - and Pope Benedict will find his followers deeply divided in that respect.

He also called for an end to the conflict in neighbouring Syria. Lebanon - including its Christian community - is deeply divided over the unrest there.

On his flight to Lebanon, the Pope told reporters that Syrian arms imports were a "grave sin".

Pope Benedict described the Arab Spring as "a desire for more democracy, for more freedom, for more co-operation and for a renewed Arab identity".

He was welcomed at Beirut airport by Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman with a 21-gun salute, and with church bells ringing out around the country.

The Pope told President Suleiman he was visiting the country as a "pilgrim of peace".

He added: "The successful way the Lebanese all live together surely demonstrates to the whole Middle East and to the rest of the world that, within a nation, there can exist co-operation between the various churches and at the same time coexistence and respectful dialogue between Christians and their brethren of other religions."

Continue reading the whole dismaying report here

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Cuban human rights advocate unworthy of papal attention

10 comments to Suddenly, His Holiness seems to care about certain things he ignored in Castrolandia

  • "Pope Benedict XVI has called on Christians, Muslims and Jews to "root out" religious fundamentalism, on the first day of his trip to Lebanon."

    Oh I get it, our eyes have been playing tricks on us. All the religious inspired violence that we've witnessed is coming equally from Christians, Jews, and Muslims.

    Zero credibility, and worthless as his visit to Cuba.

  • Honey

    Ziva, Ditto, inc.

  • Carlos Eire

    Jumpin' Jehosaphat: I was so wrapped up in the Cuba angle that I missed that offensive statement, the worst of them all. You are right, ladies... that statement sums up his character and his credibility.

  • "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20)

  • Sorry for the (apparent) flippancy but every day it becomes clearer that (non-Nangara) Cubans represent the Rodney Dangerfields of the world.

    Unreal

  • mattmurphy

    I was certainly disappointed by his trip to Cuba (couldn't so much as mention the Ladies in White? Really?) however as a Catholic I think it's worth noting that 1.) He's an old man of occasionally spacy inclination and, if the whispers are to believed, not in great shape on any level, and 2.) His daily news and diplomatic postures are almost certainly coming straight from the Curia, which holds many of the same, uh, questionable outlooks and postures as other bureaucracies.

    Not looking to start a flame war here. I'll just note this and shut up.

  • It wasn't always this way, gang. All that stuff about Pope Pious XII as "Hitler's Pope blah...blah"...got blown out the water by a superb book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Hitler-War-Pope-Ronald-Rychlak/dp/0879732172

    I met author Ronald Rycchlak at a Conference where we spoke on a Panel and he's the real deal, immensely erudite. His book blew me away (plus Ronald's a great guy.)

  • pototo

    For the life of me I cannot understand the blind following of Catholics. As a former Catholic I know firsthand of the brainswashing involved, but I still wonder how I, who am dumber than most, could see through the lies and yet others do not. I hear such things as "well I don't follow the pope, but I am still Catholic". He is the head of Catholicism so how can that be? Others will say "I don't agree with the RCC's teaching on such and such". How can that be if it is the teaching of the RCC? And others, as in us Cuban troublemakers, will say that we hate what the RCC is doing to Cuba yet they still follow the RCC. This is simply mind numbing. I thank God for having delivered me from the RCC. It would seem that some are more loyal to a man-made institution rather than to Christ Himself. Please do not confuse Catholicism with Christianity. They are not the same. My authority is the Bible and it has never let me down although I have let God down on many occasions. When a church, any church, claims authority over God's very Words then you do not have a church that represents God.

  • asombra

    It's evidely an unwritten international law that Cuba is to be treated with a double standard by everyone. The Vatican, not wishing to appear arrogant or difficult, simply follows the law.

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