Wednesday, 16 July 2008

On the Pope's prudential judgment

Only last night a friend pointed out that I had missed perhaps the most important story of the Pope's visit. I'd mentioned the Opus Dei Centre, the nice concert, and so forth, but had omitted to mention....But then this morning I found this piece by the Creative Minority Report.

Now it is not often that I disagree with CMR, but on this particular topic, I beg to differ. Perhaps I'm becoming ultramontanist in my old age. In any case, I offer you Patrick Archibold's piece in full so that you can reach your own conclusions:

"The Limits of Papal Infallibility

As all our regular readers know, I am a huge fan of Pope Benedict the XVI. The Pope has shown his brilliance and orthodoxy more times than we can count. His thoughts on liturgy, the Eucharist, love, and charity are justifiably lauded.

I must, however, admit that I have harbored some doubts about the Pope's judgment in certain substantial matters. I have noticed this repeated lapse in judgment exercised by the Pope in his personal life but have said nothing due to my abundant respect for the man and the office he holds. But a news story I read today no longer allows me to hold my tongue. How can a man, so brilliant and discerning in so many ways, be a cat lover?

[Inquirer.net]SYDNEY—Cat-loving Pope Benedict XVI has been given a kitten to keep him company while he relaxes and plays the piano ahead of World Youth Day in Australia, Church insiders told Agence France Presse on Monday. The Pontiff, an avid feline fan whose home in Germany is filled with the animals and is guarded by a cat statue, has been given an 11-month-old tabby named Bella by his followers.

Everybody with half a brain knows that cats are evil. They are lazy, self centered, and devious. I have a theory that cats are the only creatures not directly created by God. I suspect, but cannot yet prove, that cats entered into this realm through some inter-dimensional Nazi experiment that went awry opening a portal to hell. I have also heard that the furry lil' demons can steal your breath. Look it up! It's on the interweb thingy! How can the pontiff not see they evil right in front of him?

I think that what is wrong with cats can be summed up well in the classic joke:

How Dogs and Cats view their masters

A dog says, 'You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me, you must be God.'A cat says, 'You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me, I must be God.'

But this is no laughing matter. The Bible tells us the actions of the Antichrist.

"He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God." - 2 Thessalonians 2:4It is very clear that if cats are not the actual Antichrist, they are clearly in league with him. I, for one, am very thankful for the limits of Papal infallibility."

Cats rule, OK!

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