Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Pope trashes Al Sharpton

Catchy headline, eh? Maybe a tad misleading, but c'mon, what on earth does the Pope think he's accomplishing with this:
Protestant churches yesterday reacted with dismay to a new declaration approved by Pope Benedict XVI insisting they were mere "ecclesial communities" and their ministers effectively phonies with no right to give communion.
He's already ticked off the Muslims with his "back to the Byzantines" moment and now he's trashing Protestants, which de facto includes Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Of course, he might have a point in some cases but clearly that wasn't his intention. And he really doesn't want the Sharpton entourage descending on the Holy See (at least such a thing wouldn't involve burning stuff or shooting people).

While it's impossible to speak for the Almighty it's highly doubtful such hair-splitting carries a lot of weight upstairs. The Big Guy is probably more concerned with trivial things, like whether people still believe in Him and his Son and whether we're lovin' each other enough. Stories such as this don't do much for the cause.

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