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October 17, 2018

Focus the Blame … Elsewhere, Anywhere!

Filed under: Morality,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 8:52 am
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According to an article in Reuters (Pope Blames Devil For Church Divisions, Scandals, Seeks Angel’s Help, October 8, 2018) the Pope is casting blame for the Catholic Church’s scandals, and all other problems on the Devil.

“(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past,” Francis said in a message on Sept. 29.

“Since he was elected in 2013, Francis has made clear that he believes the devil to be real. In a document in April on holiness in the modern world, Francis mentioned the devil more than a dozen times.

“We should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea. This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end up more vulnerable,” he wrote in the document.”

Of course, I cannot but be reminded of Flip Wilson’s famous tagline “The Devil made me do it!” (It’s on YouTube, youngins’!)

The Pope, in one sentence, takes “responsibility” and casts blame elsewhere. (‘(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past,’ Francis said.”)

It must be immensely useful to have an imaginary friend to take the blame for all of the bad things one does, kind of a spiritual whipping boy. As an atheist I feel limited in my ability to blame others for my failings … I want an imaginary evil friend toooo!

June 13, 2012

Finally, the Pope Steps Up for Working People

Filed under: Politics,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 12:56 pm
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With the news that the recession wiped out nearly two decades of middle-class families wealth, amounting to almost 40% of the average Americans net worth, it probably also doesn’t come as a surprise that the top 10% of Americans (by income) saw their net worth increase over the same period, rising from a median of $1.17 million in 2007 to $1.19 million in 2010.

Finally, the Pope has stepped up to address the issue of the rich taking advantage of the poor and working classes. The Pope defended worker’s rights and union rights as well as Government’s responsibility to step in to help the poor and downtrodden in his comments. Here are excerpts:

(Communities need to) “save unfortunate working people from the cruelty of men of greed, who use human beings as mere instruments for money making.”

Let the working man and the employer make free agreements, and in particular let them agree freely as to the wages; nevertheless, there underlies a dictate of natural justice more imperious and ancient than any bargain between man and man, namely, that wages ought not to be insufficient to support a frugal and well-behaved wage-earner. If through necessity or fear of a worse evil the workman accept harder conditions because an employer or contractor will afford him no better, he is made the victim of force and injustice.”

“. . . it may be truly said that it is only by the labor of working men that States grow rich.”

The richer class have many ways of shielding themselves, and stand less in need of help from the State; whereas the mass of the poor have no resources of their own to fall back upon, and must chiefly depend upon the assistance of the State. And it is for this reason that wage-earners, since they mostly belong in the mass of the needy, should be specially cared for and protected by the government.”

This was Pope Leo XIII in, well, . . . , uh, 1891. I guess their policy has changed.

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