Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Vatican says...

Whenever a secular newspaper starts a story with the words, "the Vatican says," I get ready to be annoyed. An idiot editor of L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper says that Homer Simpson is Catholic and people go "the Vatican claims Homer" or an archbishop at the Middle East synod says Israelis can't use the bible as justification for some of the things they've done and that Israel's special status ceased with the coming of Jesus people go berserk and and say that the Vatican has thrown Israel under the proverbial bus.
One archbishop is not the Vatican, which is often used as a code word for the pope and the Vatican newspaper is not holy writ. Never assume that Pope Benedict approves of something or has said something unless you see it coming from his mouth on TV or read it in an official source. Grrrr!

4 comments:

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Exactly!

Dymphna said...

How are you Joe?

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"an archbishop at the Middle East synod says Israelis can't use the bible as justification for some of the things they've done"

Actually, they can't use it for ousting outright Palestinians.

I mean, as far as I know, Palestinians are primarily (though by now a minority) Christian Israelites who stayed Christian, and secondarily (though by now a majority) ex-Christian Israelites who went Muslim under pressure when Omar came, with admixture of Ishmaelites from Omar's army and more recently, 19th C., from Algerian and Circassian populations.

That said, sometimes Muslim Palestinians behave worse to Christian Palestinians and sometimes less bad or even good, so one can not totally say which of these and Israelis are the worst enemy or best ally of the Christians.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"Never assume that Pope Benedict approves of something or has said something unless you see it coming from his mouth on TV or read it in an official source."

What I criticise here

Great Bishop of Geneva! : Apostatic Rejection of "Fundamentalism" in 1994

is from, and I link to:

THE INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE IN THE CHURCH
Pontifical Biblical Commission
Presented on March 18, 1994
http://www.ewtn.com/library/CURIA/PBCINTER.htm


My conversion was in 1988, and this stuff is no longer quite what I intended to convert to, even if in fact I was aware there had been a Vatican II and was at first not aware of the trad position it should be rejected.