Candy..have you been watching the Pope on TV? Isn't it exciting to have him here in the US. It's amazing ! He is truly Christ on Earth.
I cannot wait to see him say Mass; it will be awesome...such a holy man.
JEANNE | 04.16.08 - 7:19 am | #
Gravatar Oh Jeanne, I'm so sorry for you. :-( The pope isn't the Christ, he's just a sinful, falible man, just as all we fallen humans are.
I ugently ask you to get to know the REAL Christ of the Bible, who is meek and humble, and who died on the cross to pay the price for your sins, so that you can spend eternity with the Holy Father (in heaven, not some guy on earth).
The pope is not "the holy father," nor is he the vicar (meaning in the place of) christ.
In fact, he may very well be anti (in disagreement with) the Christ of the Bible, which would make him an anti-Christ.
Furthermore, the name of his airplain is also blasphemos. The pope is not the shepherd - that is a Title the Bible gives to God and Jesus - NOT some man.
OK, I personally cringed when I read Jeanne's phrase "Christ on earth." I KNEW Candy was never in a million years gonna understand that and would jump all over it with both feet! In fact, I was surprised to see that it got through at all, except, of course Candy wanted to jump all over it in publ-ick.
Of course what Jeanne was referring to was that Pope Benedict is Christ's representative here on earth.
882 The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter's successor, "is the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity both of the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful." "For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered."
And indeed, he is a loyal, and devout representative.
Of course catechized Catholics understand that the pope is a fallible man! Only his office holds infallibility and even then it has to meet the requirements of infallibility! But if the Pope tries to tell you who will win the World Cup next year, remember that is his personal opinion, not an infallible pronouncement!!
Then Candy segues into the strawman fallacy that Jeanne somehow doesn't read the bible or know Jesus Christ, let alone anything about salvation. Then she touches briefly on her many problems with the papacy (which we all knew were coming folks - which is why Kelly and I already did a pre-emptive strike and put up our articles supporting the office - check those out for further information!)
Don't let her get you down. Enjoy Pope Benedict's visit. Listen to his actual words and then decide for yourself whether he is a Holy Man or not.