Saturday, July 14, 2007

Give It Up for His Holiness...

The Pope, I mean, not the Dalai Lama.

I just ran across this little news item that the Pope made waves (?) by stating that the Catholic Church is the only true Church. I can't exactly link this to science fiction (well, I could, but there wouldn't be much point), so I'll just make a few brief observations instead.

It's a sad state of things when it's controversial to say that you believe your opinion is the correct one and that, therefore, other opinions are wrong. A Catholic can't be intellectually honest if he doesn't say the Catholic Church is the only true Church every once in a while, just as a Protestant can't be intellectually honest if he doesn't every once in a while say the Catholic Church is an institution of the devil. In my perfect world, instead of trying to make everything happy with false shows of toleration, we'd all be able to express our opinions, argue over them, have vehement disagreements, call each other infidels, and then shake hands and have a beer. But it's hard to make things work out like that.
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