the pope versus the vatican

the pope and the vatican cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

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This is what it looks like in spite of all the apologetics that are going on surrounding the pope’s declaration that even atheists are redeemed and the vatican explaining what he should have meant.

My theory is that the cardinals felt it was important to have a more down to earth pope, a man more in touch with real men and women, and less of an intellectual churchman like Benedict is.

It is appropriate that he is named Francis, after Saint Francis… a simple, humble man of the earth in touch with people and nature with a keen sense of common sense justice.

But what happens now is the vatican must scurry about correcting his statements. His simple, humane wisdom must be theologized to fall in line with the edicts.

The pope will continue making generous proclamtions out of the meekness of his heart, but the vatican will follow not far behind to martial them back in line with its tradition.

That’s just my take.

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David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • Laura O’Connor

    Yep, I agree with you. I was born to 2 devout Catholics so I ought to know. And yes, I’m still Christian but not Catholic.

  • TiggyTiger

    What the Pope said is in the edicts of Vatican 2. They then decided to qualify it, but that qualification is NOT in the edicts of Vatican 2.

  • Adam Julians

    That’s interesting David.

    I guess where I am coming from is seeing pope Francis as a good guy in the way he is coming across. If in what he says has put the cat among the pigeons then maybe that’s not a bad thing. Justin Wellbe, the new Acribisop of Canterbury seems to be a simlar kind of guy. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/archbishop-justin-welby-pope-francis–similar-styles-of-the-new-men-at-the-top-of-the-church-124704282.html#q3Z5JHv

    I would take issue with the theological positions on some things with both men. However I take encouragement from the fact of both being the head of their respective denominations. Could this be a God ordained thing?

    It will be intersting to see who things develop through their leadship.

  • Steve

    Yeah, sorry but that’s not correct. Francis is a very orthodox man, just because he visible cares about the poor doesn’t mean that he’s theologically heterodox (how I hate that BS false dichotomy). Popes pretty much never say anything new or just change doctrine. It’s not like the president of a country. I should know because I was raised -and, wait- still am a practicing Catholic.

    Honestly you should try to understand a religion more before you go making half-cocked cartoons about it. You appear to have a lot of antipathy for reactionary strands of Protestantism but these are completely different from Catholicism. Catholicism is not fundamentalism with funny clothes.

  • http://nakedpastor.com/ nakedpastor

    Steve: I’m not a Catholic but love the Catholic church and am indebted to it because of the spiritual directors who’ve had a huge influence on my life. I understand why devout Catholics such as yourself would be defensive of their church. But this story is all over the news. There are a zillion different interpretations of it. But the fact remains that the pope said something one week and clarifications were offered the next.


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