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Discussion 1 to Meditation 929
A reconsideration

by: JT

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I briefly considered that I might have been a trifle unfair* to the Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Patriarch of the West, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City, Servant of Servants of God** last week in criticizing his comments in Germany. After all, I deliberately selected a period of time to make him look as bad as possible.***

It may indeed be possible to find a period of time immediately prior to the Pope's speech in which things indeed were not getting better - perhaps it lasted a few minutes - perhaps a few months - but certainly less than a few years.

The Roman Catholic Church - like nearly every other Christian Church - is selling eternity. Its focus is on the long run. So in considering whether things are getting better or not, day-to-day-fluctuations are not all that relevant. It's like arguing there is no climate change because today's weather is pretty much the same as yesterday's.

So if we consider the long run:

Quite simply, if we consider the overall trend over a meaningful period of time rather than random short-term fluctuations, the Pope was indeed wrong.



* Though as yet, no-one has accused me of unfairness.

** Yup - he has all those titles. Aren't we all impressed?

*** But in my defense, it was Blasphemy Day.