‘Let us ask the Lord to help us see through the superficial glitter of this season, and to discover behind it the child in the stable in Bethlehem, so as to find true joy and true light,’
A few words from the TT over this comment.
Special apologies to all you Catholics out there that follow these pages, but the utterance of your pope goes way beyond the pale. He’s attacking capitalism while he should only be reminding his flock to look deeper within themselves during the Christmas season to find their own personal meaning for the holiday.
It’s not the free market’s fault for the flock’s falling away, perhaps it has something to do with the pedophilia of the men chosen as its priests, and the covering up of that fact and their deeds, that is far more troubling to people than buying a camera or a mink coat for a loved one.
It’s hard not to choke on the words of someone living in the lap of luxury, waited on hand and foot by people coming and going at his beck and call, in a gold glittered palace(s) paid for by the people who subsidize his upkeep by money they’ve earned working hard in the free market place he now besmirches.
Without free market capitalism, we would see a world in a far more desperate situation, with rampant (REAL) poverty the world over and tens of millions dying daily, and with no hope to save them. That’s the free economic miracle of capitalism, the raising of the standard of living for billions of people the world over, something that people who have never created wealth, and living off the “good will” of others, have trouble comprehending.
Most folks would agree that enduring one day of glitter at Christmas, is far better than enduring blistering dirt poor poverty 365 days of the year. KGS
Pope Benedict condemns ‘superficial glitter’ that surrounds Christmas as he calls for an end to bloodshed around the world during mass at St Peter’s
Last updated at 1:29 PM on 25th December 2011
DAILY MAIL: Pope Benedict XVI called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria and the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in his Christmas message today, an appeal for peace that was challenged by deadly attacks on two Nigerian churches.
He made the plea the morning after Christmas celebrations got underway with a midnight mass service at a packed St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
The Pontiff used his Christmas ceremonies to condemn the ‘superficial glitter’ that now imbues the holiday.
He urged the faithful to discover its true meaning and remember the ‘child in the stable’ instead of being consumed by the commercial side of Christmas.