Thursday, April 07, 2005

Pope's Funeral Is a Major Event

Great post from Ed Veith over at World Magazine Blog concerning the pope's funeral tomorrow.

Ed writes: . . .

As some three million people--mostly from supposedly secularized Europe--crowd into the Vatican to pay their respects to a pro-life moral absolutist, and as the world gears up to watch three hours of non-contemporary worship, what is going on?


At Thursday, April 07, 2005 3:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed, a major event. May the solar eclipse take place during the burial!

Anyway, as someone who was raised Catholic and who is now a Protestant, I still view the Pope as the face of Christianity. But now I view him not as the head of my church but more of a ceremonial figure of sorts.

In other words, it no longer really matters to me if I agree with him on certain issues-- be it birth control (for married women) or his stance on our military issues. But I do appreciate the fact that we have a "world president of Christianity" of sorts. It draws attention to the faith and celebrates it.

My father-in-law, for example, is a Southern Baptist and could pretty much care less about the Pope. In fact, he doesn't even consider Catholics to be real Chrisitians. His reasoning comes from his missions experience in Mexico where those Catholics hold Mary in the same esteem as Christ. I would agree with him that that is wrong but that's not my experience in the church at all.

So, Mickey, as a fellow Protestant, how do you view the Pope? When I converted I never asked my church what their view on him was. What say you?

the Heckler

At Sunday, April 10, 2005 9:50:00 PM, Blogger Mickey McLean said...

Although I differ with the pope and the Roman Catholic church on several doctrinal issues and disagreed with Pope John Paul II's view on the Iraq war, I admired his consistency and steadfastness when it came to standing up to the demands of changing world by relying on the unchanging Word of God.


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