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Looking for the Pope in Philadelphia
On this overcast, blustery fall day I made a lone pilgrimage on foot two miles from my South Philly home to Center City for a chance at glimpsing Pope Francis, “the people’s Pope,” in person. All the way up Broad Street, Army or National Guard soldiers — I’m not sure which — in green fatigues hung out casually in pairs on every other street corner. They’d been there since last night but I’m not sure why as no Papal events are planned this far south and barely a soul was out. The city seems apocalyptically deserted.
Eventually I came to barricades personed by police and military at every intersection to keep out vehicles but as a pedestrian I could pass freely. Finally, just south of City Hall, I reached one of the security entrances to the main event. The lines were much shorter than I anticipated, and much friendlier. Soon I was inside the secure zone.
Although I’m not Catholic and have serious disagreements with the Catholic Church and its checkered history, the Pope is a major historical figure and he’s right here in my town so naturally I wanted to be a part of the event. Like all these visitors from around the world I was one more gawking pilgrim eager to see “the people’s Pope” in the flesh.
Crossing Love Park I got my first glimpse of one of the Jumbotrons, on which the Pope was just starting (continue reading…)
Beware, yoga practitioners: your sun salutations and downward dogs might lead to harder things . . . like Hinduism. Father Francesco Bamonte, who heads the Italy-based International Association of Exorcists, warns the world that yoga is a gateway to demonic possession. More in the London Telegraph‘s recent article, ‘Rise of Exorcists in the Catholic Church‘, in which we learn the Vatican has launched a program to train a global strike force of devil exterminators.
I for one am eagerly awaiting Christ-centered Kama Sutra classes.
Man, I didn’t even get the look right in my previous guesswork. Who is this dark horse who wasn’t even in the top 5? I’ll tell you who. It’s like this: you’re the conclave, you want to answer the more progressive element of the church by picking a Latin American, but you want to appease the more conservative element by picking a European, so what do you do? You go off-continent and pick your European from Latin America, and an Italian-descended European at that. Win-win! Except he’s got an embarrassing history of condoning torture, kidnappings and death squads. Can’t the Vatican ever get anything right? Last guy they just got rid of turned out to be a Hitler Youth. What is up with them? Don’t they vet anyone before picking them for Pope?
In a way I’m thrilled to see they did kind of listen to their followers and pick the first non-European Pope in a thousand years but, as my better half said, if they had to go with South America they of course picked the whitest place possible (in case you didn’t know, “Argentina’s population is overwhelmingly European in origin”) so this choice is not quite as much of a leap into modernity as it might seem at first.
Like, notice they didn’t pick this guy who was in the lineup.—>>
Most alarming of all is how much Bergoglio looks like Heaven’s Gate founder Marshall Applewhite.