gather us in
Where is Italia? According to their former hero, Il Duce, they are "singing drinking songs and eating ice cream." LOL!
These figures look plain wrong to me! Don't your page views normally have Canada second and the UK 3rd, or something like that (you'd expect the English-speaking countries to come nearer the top)? Strange.I'm a bit troubled by the new cover picture, and by your other references to Benedict over the last few days. Whatever we think about his resignation, he's surely not the solution to the fix we're currently in, is he?
Yes, the statistics look skewed to me too. I'm not sure what is going on and we may be in for a period of turmoil. In the areas of faith and morals and the office His Holiness hold, I pledge fidelity. We can disagree and dissent from pastoral theology even if it is formatted in a dogmatic way. Here there is legitimate dissent and the various cardinals who have spoken against what has happened are leading the way and in an orthodox way.
The problem is that it's just too easy for legitimate dissent to stray into questioning the Pope's motives and character (there are plenty of examples of this on other blogs!), and there's no way back from that. Even if we disagree with or are uncertain about his position on the issues currently being discussed, he's still a powerful force for good, or at least has the potential to be. But all that is threatened if we allow our uncertainty to slip into cynicism. Now, when I see a picture of Pope Francis, my immediate thought is 'what's he been up to now?', which I find deeply depressing. We have to guard against approaching him with the scepticism which we apply to politicians in the 24/7 news era, as there's too much at stake.
When I was recently in Spain using my tablet to check your blog, does it get recognized as being in that country, or as being from the USA? I don't know...
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