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Some Dude at HuffPo: Let Non-Christians Have a Voice in Selecting the New Pope

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This is one of the most mindnumbingly stupid things I've ever read.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rajiv-malhotra/dharma-and-the-new-pope_b_2755683.html

If the Vatican would drop claims of exclusivity over religious truth, and reexamine dogmas such as the Nicene Creed, it would pressure other denominations of Christianity to follow suit. The Vatican, after all, is the single largest corporate institution of any religion in the world. The moral pressure on others would be huge if the Pope were to champion a new world order among all faiths in earnest, and not as a gimmick to increase his own flock. Once Christendom becomes genuinely pluralistic, Islam and other exclusivist religions would be under pressure to follow suit. The leader of the Catholic Church can thus change the world.

Being realistic, however, I do not expect to see a Gorbachev-like new pope who would challenge the Vatican as radically as Gorbachev challenged the Soviet empire. But let this historic opportunity not get lost. The conversation must begin.

If anyone questions the propriety of my raising this issue on the grounds that I am an outsider to the Catholic Church, let me simply say that as a world citizen I am a stakeholder in the outcome of this process. I do not think the Vatican can continue to operate with respect and legitimacy if it fails to attend to voices such as mine.
 

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Yeah! Let non-Americans have a voice in selecting the POTUS as well! So we choose who to be screwed over by! 8)
 

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Pffft. We've had a new Pope since November, random Indian goofball.
 

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That'd be like letting the religious have a voice on titling a Richard Dawkins book, or allowing a Jew to have a voice on how the butcher ought to prepare his pork.
 

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I am always surprised at postmodern secularists' delusion that the Pope has the power to do what they desire. FYI: He's only the Pope!
 

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lubeltri said:
I am always surprised at postmodern secularists' delusion that the Pope has the power to do what they desire. FYI: He's only the Pope!
All that power from the chair is a little scary.
 

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Another example of how mindless and immoral too many people and too many media outlets have become in today's society.
 

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Basil 320 said:
Another example of how mindless and immoral too many people and too many media outlets have become in today's society.
Yes, like the gay restaurant critic at the NY Times who did the op end that the Vatican should end celibacy.
 

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ironchapman said:
This is one of the most mindnumbingly stupid things I've ever read.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rajiv-malhotra/dharma-and-the-new-pope_b_2755683.html

If the Vatican would drop claims of exclusivity over religious truth, and reexamine dogmas such as the Nicene Creed, it would pressure other denominations of Christianity to follow suit. The Vatican, after all, is the single largest corporate institution of any religion in the world. The moral pressure on others would be huge if the Pope were to champion a new world order among all faiths in earnest, and not as a gimmick to increase his own flock. Once Christendom becomes genuinely pluralistic, Islam and other exclusivist religions would be under pressure to follow suit. The leader of the Catholic Church can thus change the world.

Being realistic, however, I do not expect to see a Gorbachev-like new pope who would challenge the Vatican as radically as Gorbachev challenged the Soviet empire. But let this historic opportunity not get lost. The conversation must begin.

If anyone questions the propriety of my raising this issue on the grounds that I am an outsider to the Catholic Church, let me simply say that as a world citizen I am a stakeholder in the outcome of this process. I do not think the Vatican can continue to operate with respect and legitimacy if it fails to attend to voices such as mine.
It seems that he missed the part where Gorbachev's Soviet system collapsed.

Who cares what you think?
 

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lubeltri said:
I am always surprised at postmodern secularists' delusion that the Pope has the power to do what they desire. FYI: He's only the Pope!
yes, it turns out that absolute monarchs, with rare exceptions (like Holy Emperor Constantine), rarely have the power to change the system that props them up.
 

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Achronos said:
lubeltri said:
I am always surprised at postmodern secularists' delusion that the Pope has the power to do what they desire. FYI: He's only the Pope!
All that power from the chair is a little scary.
I promise there's not a pope under your bed.

 

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Papist said:
Achronos said:
lubeltri said:
I am always surprised at postmodern secularists' delusion that the Pope has the power to do what they desire. FYI: He's only the Pope!
All that power from the chair is a little scary.
I promise there's not a pope under your bed.

What are you doing under Achronos' bed? ::)
 

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ialmisry said:
Papist said:
Achronos said:
lubeltri said:
I am always surprised at postmodern secularists' delusion that the Pope has the power to do what they desire. FYI: He's only the Pope!
All that power from the chair is a little scary.
I promise there's not a pope under your bed.

What are you doing under Achronos' bed? ::)
Only in your fantasies my my friend.
 
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