Catholic Pope Visit draws protests by Angels


I (Protests at Downing Street, London, from BCC News)

(Protests at Twickenham, from Richmond. Twickenham Times) -

 It was reported in the BBC that the Papal has drawn a large protest of at least 20,000 at Downing Street, London, protesting against the Catholic church. The movement "Protest The Pope" is strongly vocal against the Pope Benedict XVI for

  •    "opposing the distribution of condoms and so increasing large families in poor countries and the spread of Aids"

  • "promoting segregated education"

  • "denying abortion to even the most vulnerable women"

  • "opposing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights, including universal decriminalisation of homosexuality"

  • "failing to address the many cases of abuse of children within its own organisation"

"Like a lot of people I am a perplexed that it is a state visit. "The Pope's opposition to condoms kills people. It is all very well him lecturing us on morals but he should look at his own organisation's view."  said comedian Al Murray

"He's been met with the most utter, exquisite, grovelling politeness and with that somehow we are in an uncivilised third world country. "What is civilised about demeaning the women, demonising homosexuals, wishing that IVF children had never been born?... our only crime has been silence." said Human Rights Lawyer, Geoffrey Robertson

The protests it was said was against the critical views of the Pope but not against Catholics or the church. However, the Pope is the Catholic Church. The protests are unfairly critical of a man who cannot change what the Church have been doing for 1500 years, and who sees himself as a guardian of these orthordox beliefs even though they are not biblical Christianity.

 “a few fragments of human bones found under the Basilica of St. Peter are the authentic mortal remains of the Apostle”. Pope Paul VI, 1968.

The Catholic Faith is built upon a sincere motivation to retain pride, control, power and wealth – their heaven on earth. They went to the extent of recreating history by claiming that Peter was the first pope, not because Peter was ever a leader of the Catholic Church but that he was supposed to have the keys to heaven. But the Catholic Church had to, in order to substantiate their claim to power. The truth was that Peter was the leader to the Jewish Church whilst it was Paul who ventured beyond Judea and was the Apostle to the Gentile world. Therefore, such is their eagerness for power that they would not mind not only adding to the bible, but fundamentality changing it. When there was a power struggle with the Eastern Church at Constantinople, the Roman Church went to the extent of redirecting the crusades to attack Constantinople, hence weakening the power of that city and later ushering in the fall of Asia Minor or Turkey to the Moors. Hence, none of the bible cities in Asia Minor are Christian today.

There is a unique simplicity of the Gospel Message being a direct relationship between the common man and God without intermediaries, and by faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. That means, the church and its massive hierarchy and structures were not required and people would not be controlled tightly in a structured framework. A religious framework was created to keep people in their proper place, so that the church would have absolute control and power. At the top was no longer Jesus. Mary was now the co-redeemer. Next, was the Pope, or Pontifus Maximus, the bridgehead between man and God, the same title used by the Roman Emperors whom were considered human gods. A human notion of inherited power was instituted where by the authority was handed from Jesus, to Peter, and then to the long line of Popes.

Therefore the individual relationship with God is taken away from the very top. We now pray to Mary who will intercede for us (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 973), via the Pope who has the authority as if he was god on earth. What the Pope said must be right, since he is infallible and a god. The entire religious framework was to prevent people going directly to God, to be empowered by faith to have a relationship with God. The next layer of authority is the Priests. As much power lies in the Pope and the Priests, in order to ensure full allegiance to the church, they are not allowed to marry. Hence, the power and wealth could not be handed down to the descendents but remained in the church to perpetuate its power. That was the main problem of the Roman Emperors where their children always fight for power many times weakening the empire.

The next layer is man with the link between the next layer – the priest – being through confession. Therefore, instead of a relationship with God resulting in communion and fellowship where we share our failures, we have to go through the priests. The man could not read the bible, as it was the priests who will read and rightly interpret it. The last layer is woman and the link to man is through marriage. Therefore, in a relationship, the man always have the rights and leadership role. The notion of woman priests is an absolute “no” as they are not supposed to rule over the man.

So how does Gays undermine the Catholic Church? The system is a “perfect” religious framework and has worked very well for the last 1500 years. However, Gays have the small potential to wreck this and the catholic church is concerned, always paranoid at the small possibility. For marriage is what links the man to the woman. If gays are allowed to marry, then who is the man and who is the woman? . The structure would be undermined. In reality with the very small number of gays, this would never be an issue except for a paranoid church and this paranoia helped them to remain in power for 1500 years, longer than any dynasty on earth. Gay marriages and Women Rights are in the same basket for the Catholic Church, not to be opened lest control is lost. The Catholic Faith is a religious system that can keep people in deep bondage, and separation of God without them ever knowing it. The Gay Marriages and Women Priests have the potential to impact this system.

So why doesn't the Anglican Global South issue statements against the Pope for their non-blibical teachings even though he is considered part of the Christian Communion, because the Pope controls 1 billion supporters whilst gays are weak and easy to be blamed and a scapegoat for all the social ills, immorality, and poverty.

(Zec 7:9 NKJV) "Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother.

(Zec 7:10 NKJV) Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, The alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart Against his brother.'

When the bible talks about showing justice, it is not talking about administering the Jewish Law strictly as the Pharisees would have done, it is referring to the injustices suffered by the outcasts and often the gross partiality shown in judgement favouring the rich, the powerful, and the majority. For example, the 377A supported by the church in Singapore to put gays in prisons was totally unjust and inconsistent.

Executing justice and showing mercy and compassion comes together for we often forget the context of the laws and why they were created. For example, the laws in Leviticus was a reaction to the idol worship and religious acts to honour the fertility god, Baal. It was not about same sex relationships of a very small minority but these transgression were carried out by the majority in the name of worshiping idols. Blaiming the gay minority using the bible totally in the opposite context, is not showing true justice. 

The bible calls us to execute true justice, for just as the case of the Pope, there would be little criticism from the Christian Right in UK or Singapore because he is simply too rich and powerful. The Church must be consistent and impartial in its interpretation of the bible for it to be considered righteous before God and Man.

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