Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Pope Makes a Mistake??

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is supposed to have a direct line to God ... so how is it that the Pope "did not know about British Bishop Richard Williamson's views" about the Holocaust before lifting the Bishop's excommunication?

Maybe I'm confused, but I always thought the deal with being Pope was that you were God's own spokesman for all matters of Christianity here on Earth. Is birth control moral in God's eyes? Abortion? Eating meat on Fridays? Ask the Pope, and he'll ask God, and the answer that comes back is absolute – it becomes a sin when the pope says it's a sin, and nobody can contradict the Pope. After all, that would be the same as contradicting God himself, right?

If the Roman Catholic Church is trying to maintain this claim, then it's hard to understand how the Pope could rescind the excommunication of an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier. Surely the Pope doesn't approve of Bishop Williamson's beliefs. Which can only mean one of four things:
  1. The Pope prayed for guidance, and God tricked him.
  2. God hates Jews and wanted a Holocaust denier in the Roman Catholic Church
  3. The Pope prayed for guidance, but didn't listen to what God said, or
  4. The Pope makes decisions just like the rest of us, using the facts at hand, which are sometimes flawed.
I'd like to think it was #1, because if there is a God he surely must have a twisted sense of humor, given how His world came out.

But, realistically, the more boring conclusion that the Pope is really just an ordinary CEO of a big corporation, and sometimes he gets bad advice from his staff. He makes mistakes, just like the rest of us. And while he's praying, he might be hearing something, but it's just his own brain talking to him.

To Pope Benedict XVI's credit, he did the right thing in the end: He is demanding that Bishop Williamson recant his outrageous claims and admit that the Holocaust did happen, before the Church will lift the excommunication. I applaud the Pope and the rest of the Church's leaders for admitting the error and quickly correcting it.


  1. the whole pope infallibility thing is exaggerated, this is only supposed to apply to very rare and specific pronouncements with regard to dogma, nonetheless bad move on his part.

  2. Lets look at some at this eh?

    Pope was a member of the Hitler Youth.

    The catholic church has a horrendous record in perpetrating child sexual abuse, and still does to this day.

    The pope is somewhat mentally imbalanced and spent the early part of his tenure deciding whether or not unbaptised babies go to a mythical state after death called purgatory or if the go to the equally mythical state of heaven after death.


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