Monday, March 2, 2009

Days of our Catholic Lives

Seriously, though, am I the only one who thinks the Vatican has turned into a big soap opera? It's so dramatic. First Pope Nazipants loves Bishop Nazipants, but then Pope Nazipants' friends are all "no, we don't like him" so then he makes him apologize, but then the apology isn't good enough and nobody knows whether or not they're going to break up.


MEANWHILE, Pope Nazipants promotes Father I-Think-Katrina-Was-God-Punishing-New-Orleans to Bishop, but then Pope Nazipants' friends are all "no, we don't like him" so Pope Nazipants rescinds his promotion. Drama drama drama.

From the BBC:
The Vatican said Gerhard Maria Wagner was "exonerated from his obligation" to become auxiliary bishop of Linz.
Last month, Father Wagner said fierce criticism had persuaded him to decline.
Some Austrian Catholics were angered by his description of Hurricane Katrina as God's punishment for New Orleans' sins, and the Harry Potter novels as satanic.
Do people still think Harry Potter is Satan? That's so passe. Anyway, it's nice to see that Pope Nazipants can't get away with being an ultra right-wing doofus. This allays some of my fears that the Catholic Church was headed even further to the right and was probably going to name Rick Santorum as Pope after Nazipants' death. As such, I have decided to go back to my previous position, which is that the College of Cardinals only elected him so he'd piss everybody off and they could get away with naming a really liberal Pope next time. Here's hopin'!

In reference to this idea, however ill-received, that Hurricane Katrina might be "God's punishment for New Orleans' sins" (by the way, I think the numerous Catholics who worked on rebuilding the devastated city would strongly disagree), I leave you with this (Matthew 5:44-45):
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, comparing "sending rain" to Hurricane Katrina, making the same point as Luke 13:1-5

Jocelyn said...

Luke 13:1-5 (NIV) says:
Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."

Well, I guess it does make the same point. I think the idea in both of these verses (though the Luke one is a little more militant) is that shit happens to everybody. The New Testament did away with the idea of smiting. I think it's a good idea for Christians to do that as well.

Anonymous said...

How about "Shit Happens. Get Over it." What chapter of the bible does that come from?

Oh, wait. That's Buddhism.

Another Anonymous Person Who Refuses to get a MySpace page.

Hannah said...

I think the Vatican is making up for ignoring the Holocaust as it happened.

Nice to find a Christian such as you. Interesting blog. I'll most definitely check back.

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