After hearing about the "Sir" drama with Bush and the Pope, it spurred a discussion between Don and I in the shower last night. Yes, we take showers together nightly...get over it! I have no desire to meet the Pope and kiss his ring...in fact, I wouldn't address him as "holiness" unless there was a gun pointed at my head...maybe not then either!
Disclaimer: If you are a hypersensitive Catholic...don't read on.
That said, I mean no disrespect to the Pope or to Catholics, but I have a thorn in my side about this. I was raised Christian (Protestant) and wouldn't consider myself religious, I consider myself to be a Spiritualist (and no, that is not a cop out to get out of going to Church on Sundays). My feelings about God (I am going to simplify for brevity's sake and leave out other Christian ideas and figures) tend to be a mixture of religions, a hodge-podge if you will of my picking and choosing (convenient I know). I can align myself more with Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism closer than Christianity (although I do not totally denounce my Christian beliefs and faith) and feel more spiritually connected with those religions. I felt more energy in the Temples in China than I ever felt. Simply put, my belief is that God is an energy that is everywhere and in everything, not a He or She, but an energy. I don't think that I need to prove my faith by going weekly to church, reading the Bible, taking communion and the other rituals of Christianity. I feel that I can be just as close to God as the Pope, or anyone else.
So, I don't really want a religious debate here or anything, but here is my problem with the Pope. I am not huge supporter of Catholicism and the Pope and have some issues there, but whatever, that's me, if your Catholic...good for you, if your happy and it feels right all is well and dandy. I just don't get what the big deal is with the Pope. He wasn't chosen by God, he was chosen by a group of men that had political aspirations at stake. Also, he is treated (at least from my point of view) as an earthly god. What is the deal with kissing his ring and calling him "holiness"...doesn't this go against The Ten Commandments that state: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" and "Thou shalt not make for thyself an idol." The Pope is also always lavishly dressed and not very "of the people" like Jesus was.
So, now I can't remember half of what we talked about last night or what my point was, but bottom line, I am not a Pope fan and I wouldn't kiss his ring and I will join Bush in calling him sir, but never "holiness." Not out of disrespect...just out of disagreement.
Also, just out of curiosity...does the new Pope inherit the ring that needs to be kissed or do each get to take a trip to Tiffany's to pick one out? And do they all use the same wheelchair...like the Pope Mobile???