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Plindsey88 wrote:The Pope is THE priest... He is Christ's emissary on Earth... He is the head of the most influential religion on the planet... He is the head of state of a nation (the Vatican City).... He is perhaps one of the most influential people on the face of the planet... His decisions impact the religious, political, economic, social, etc. beliefs of hundreds of millions of people worldwide... Historically speaking no other position in the history of civilization has held greater influence or political "pull." The Catholic Church is one of the, if not the, richest organizations on the face of the planet, controlling more money than most large countries... They also are the keepers of countless priceless artistic and scientific treasures... They guard over perhaps the most expansive, important library on the face of the planet... There is information passed on from Pope to Pope to which no other person on the face of the Planet is privvy.... The Pope is the commander and chief of one of the most well trained security forces on the planet Earth... To hundreds of millions of people what the Pope says takes precedence over what their own country's leader says, their spouse says, international law says, etc... etc...
To call the Pope merely a priest would be like calling the President of the United States merely a government worker...
SHOCKandAWE wrote:I think he got this from the DaVinci Code!
LBJackal wrote:I don't think that's from the DaVinci code. That paragraph seems to be praising him, while the DaVinci Code spends hundreds of pages invalidating Catholicism. That book, which is being made into a movie will do a lot more harm to the religion than the abuse scandals, IMO. The abuse is more of a black eye. The book is opening people's eyes to the whole idea of Catholicism being a sham.
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