metlboy saidI’m sorry if I came across as aggressive. I do not want to argue on Christmas day.
It is wrong to celebrate a mentally ill woman toppling an 80+(?) year old man to the ground, no matter how much you hate the church he heads.
He got back up, he's fine. I'd say it's wrong for a supposedly philanthropic organization to sit on untold mountains of wealth and keep it's leaders in decadent accommodations while there are people starving and dying. I'd also say it's wrong for an organization to use fear and guilt to control its members and get their money. I'm not saying that the Catholic church doesn't do ANY good, but it's done far more harm than good throughout history, and with the amount of money and power it has, it could be doing a lot more good.
Besides, he just got knocked over. It's not like he had to go through the Inquisition or anything...
The church is aware of all it’s failings in history and has asked forgiveness for the inquisition, among all of the other mistakes it has made. I understand your anger and distrust. But it is up to us to forgive. Our choice. I hope it has the heart to ask forgiveness for the assault on the dignity of Gays and Lesbians. Using fear and hatred, as well as political and monetary influence to control people…a sad fact of life. Lots of groups do it. It will never end.
We agree on the decadence. The church was the only source of stability after the Roman empire fell apart. It did many worldly things as a political body out of fear and control. It had many fearful, superstitious, unqualified and uneducated people in power. Throw in some human frailty…pretty sad and scary. It still does it. We can’t argue that.
But the man who is Pope was instrumental in asking for forgiveness of the sins of the church, opening communication with all faiths (especially jews). He is working to correct the sins of the past.