Friday, 17 September 2010

Reporting the Pope

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

4 comments:

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.