Pope denounces materialism (pot calls kettle black)

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Pope denounces materialism (pot calls kettle black)



[url=http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/09/13/pope.france.ap/index.html]Pope condemns love of money, power[/url]


PARIS, France (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI condemned unbridled "pagan" passion for power, possessions and money as a modern-day plague Saturday as he led more than a quarter of a million Catholics in an outdoor Mass in Paris.

Benedict was making his first visit as pontiff to the French capital, renowned for its luxury goods, fashion sense and cultural riches.

"Has not our modern world created its own idols?" Benedict said in his homily, and wondered aloud whether people have "imitated, perhaps inadvertently, the pagans of antiquity?"

"This is a question that all people, if they are honest with themselves, cannot help but ask," the pontiff said.

The 260,000 or so people who gathered on the lawns of the Esplanade des Invalides displayed a joyful outpouring of faith for this traditionally Roman Catholic country, which has witnessed a sharp decline in churchgoing in recent years.

Benedict has continued with a campaign started by his predecessor, John Paul II, who worried that the affluent West was turning consumerism into a kind of religion and ignoring its Christian roots of spiritual values.

But Benedict himself got a thang for that Gucci, that Fendi, that Prada.


[ 13 September 2008: Message edited by: Michelle ]

Ken Burch

I'd be more impressed if Ratzi started chipping the gold out of the cathedrals and selling it to finance cooperative economics for the poor.

This is the guy who killed liberation theology back with JP Squared had him on the payroll as "God's Rottweiler".

[ 13 September 2008: Message edited by: Ken Burch ]