Friday, 17 September 2010

Reporting the Pope

Get religion right. Even if you don't like it much. At The Dabbler.


zmkc said...

Someone showed me an article by someone yesterday (ah, the punctilious academic approach to referencing) where the writer compared the media's treatment of anti-Pope demonstrators as "human rights activists" to its depiction of those opposing a mosque at Ground Zero as "stump-toothed Appalachian loons" - the latter phrase appealed to me very much.

Anonymous said...

Hi, i am from Australia.

Yes getting religion right IS very important.

But does this highly propagandized and hyped Barnum and Bailey spectacle/circus have anything to do with True Religion.

Jesus was a Spiritual Master who taught and demonstrated a radical spirit-breathing Spiritual Way of Life while he was alive -- full stop!

He was also an outsider, as indeed were ALL of the truly prophetic figures of the Great Tradition of humankind.

He was also a Jew as were his direct disciples--they would not have called themselves Christians.

He road into town on a donkey unrecognized and unannounced by the then ecclesiastical establishment, who/which later conspired to have him executed. He associated with the common people and threw the money-lenders out of the temple.

Compare the contents of the above two paragraphs to what the Pope and the Papal circus represents!

Gaw said...

Z: Certainly a characterful description and an ornament to the language. But it doesn't seem to suit the glossy Palin very well. Or that new woman who doesn't approve of self-abuse.

Anonymous: Being brought up vaguely Protestant my instinctive sympathies are with you. Personally, though I'd draw the line a very long way before calling the Pope 'the embodiment of evil' (though I'm not not at all implying you subscribe to this view).

zmkc said...

Gaw - you mustn't be fooled by Photoshop, you know: you have to see these people in the flesh.