Does it make you feel simple?
Posted 20 April 2005 - 12:30 PM
I know that it has so much tradition behind it, but when you think logically, millions of people around the world tuned in to a pipe, just to see if white smoke or black smoke eventually bellowed from a thin metal tube. I love the traditional and I'd be telling a lie if I said I wasn't anxious to see what color the smoke would be, but sometime in that hour that I was watching I thought to myself, such a simple thing nowadays, smoke, signals one of the biggest decisions and something that changes the future.
Smoke, is a part of history.
Discuss if you will.
Posted 20 April 2005 - 01:28 PM
I am not religous in any way, but that does not mean religion dosent have an impact on my every day life, and considering the above i guess im glad they use the smoke tradition. It gives a feel that among all the politics involved in the choosing of a new pope, there is still a taint of god. They can discuss and plan all they like, but in the end, theres still a factor to be reckoned with, that they have no control over.
And the more i think about it, the more i like it...
Posted 20 April 2005 - 06:46 PM
Posted 21 April 2005 - 08:04 PM
as opposed to the complex one of___?
and the choosing of the pope changes the future?
Posted 27 April 2005 - 03:17 PM
Religious change doesn’t happen over night. It takes years. I believe this is the strategy adopted.
No matter how many years it takes for the next pope to be placed, the current one will espouse views so outdated and extreme that the next will seem extremely liberal, even if only espousing the views as given at the time of the (previous) Pope’s death.
The more things change, the more things stay the same in the long run.
I wish there weren’t more articles such as THIS, but obviously there are. A great, great deal more.
A more truthful Vatican statement would be:
“Yes, we are opposed to homosexuality, but if some of our priest chose to rape young boys, then we will endeavour to cover up such actions for decades”.
If people gain solace from believing in an ideal, or believing in something “undefinable”, than fantastic. I’m very happy for them and wish them all the best.
If they chose to believe in an institution that for decades has relied upon the victims of “inappropriate sexual misconduct” to remain silent through fear, then I might have a few comments
YES such conduct was only carried out by a few(ish), but the fact remains that such “indiscretions” were actively covered up by the Institution over a very long period of time.
………….and these same people are attempting to set moral judgement on the rest of us.
Excuse me, if I show no respect towards such an institution
Posted 29 April 2005 - 03:15 AM
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