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Speeding up a process that under normal circumstances may take decades, Pope Benedict XVI has beatified his predecessor John Paul II before a crowd of more than a million in Romes St. Peters square, marking a step before the charismatic former Popes canonisation as a saint of the roman catholic church. But the Vaticans measures is not unquestioned, not even among Catholics. Reasons go from John Pauls alleged inaction towards child abuse scandals towards his alleged support for latin american military dictatorship while cracking down on the latin american liberation theology movement :
Pope beatifies John Paul II before one million faithful - VATICAN - FRANCE 24
The intellectual journey that had began with Copernicus displacing humans from the centre of the Universe and continued with Darwin’s insistence that humans are merely modified monkeys has finally focused in on the very essence of life. And there was nothing special about it. The double helix is an elegant structure, but its message is downright prosaic: life is simply a matter of chemistry.
- James Watson
Might as well have a cadaver trial, since they already dug the old boy up for the beatification.
You might hope to keep your insurance plan, your doctor, your premium, and your deductible, but Obamacare is going to change all of that for you.
I swear the Catholic Church has some macabre rituals for real that put Racoon City to shame. I've often wondered if the success of Resident Evil comes from the fact that it's actually a satire on modern religion and the Umbrella Corp is the Catholic Church.
Last edited by John Drake; 05-03-2011 at 05:03 AM.
I think some people forget what the world was like a couple of decades ago. John Paul was far more responsible for the fall of communism than Ronald Reagan or any other political figures you can name.