I’m not catholic, so changes in the papacy are interesting to me, but not particularly engaging. Unlike some!
But the thing that fascinates me is this.
The sex abuse scandal in the catholic church was well publicised before Benedict. It was old news.
But for some reason, some parties have chosen to try and make it their mission to link Benedict to the scandal and make him responsible for it. They have tried to make it the central theme of his papacy – even though the crimes for the most part happened years ago.
The weird thing is, they succeeded.
Well, that should be weird.
Maybe the media pushing stories that are composed almost entirely of agenda driven spin isn’t that weird after all anymore. I mean, we all saw Obama walk to another election victory, didn’t we?
Sir Humphery’s has a very thoughtful piece on the Pope’s speech.
“Sitting here thinking tonight, it came to me what Benedict was doing. I’ve read the entire speech a couple of times now, and I think that what he’s doing is reaching out to us, all of us that live in the West.”
Far, far too many people who are reacting to what the Pope said have failed miserably to give the slightest thought to what he actually said.
In fact, it seems that anything that might criticize Muslims is enough to provoke them, even the observation that they reaction to criticism with violence!
But the thing that got me thinking was the observation that the Crusades were a reaction, rather than being simply agressive. People forget how much of the world is Islam through force, the Crusades being the only time christians made the mistake of using it themselves.