Benedict and Bartholomew: The real odd couple

Posted: October 24, 2008 in Above the Fold, Denominational Fun, Networking, On Your Wall, WWJD
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I’ve heard the Sistine Chapel is a place of unity and adoration. Well, it must be to get the Hatfields and the McCoys of Christianity to share the same space under the guise of prayer.

The spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians [Bartholomew I] prayed with Pope Benedict XVI in the Sistine Chapel on Saturday and urged Catholics and Orthodox to work together to combat fundamentalism and to promote religious tolerance.

Nice! Two old, crusty Christ followers hook up, sing Kumbaya (probably in Latin and in Greek) and begin sounding like politically-correct presidential candidates. Folks, this is 1,000 years plus of angst and solicitude about various and sundry scriptures in the Bible, all of which apply to… well, BOTH OF THEM!

And now, the great-great-great (well, you get the idea) grandkids of these sectarian saints finally decide to bury the hatchet about all that birth control, care for the elderly and legalism hubbub and talk shop:

Bartholomew was invited to address bishops from around the world attending a meeting at the Vatican this month about the importance of the Bible. Cardinals and bishops listened attentively as the patriarch spoke about the potential for common initiatives between the world’s 250 million Orthodox and more than 1 billion Catholics.

Isn’t it funny? These two nimrods are responsible for more than 1/6 of the entire world’s population eternal demise and “the greatest story ever told” turns out to be a tale they haven’t seem to read. Because, you know, if they had, perhaps they would take off their funny hats and remember how Jesus died for us all, accepts folk how they are and desires we love the Lord… nothing else.

Ah well, so much for that “iron sharpening iron” mess. Here’s to hoping and praying one of them doesn’t make a shank with it.

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