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POPE URGES END TO FUNDAMENTALISM UNLESS OF COURSE IT’S CATHOLIC FUNDAMENTALISM
September 15 2012
Beirut, Lebanon – Few will debate the role that religion has played in much of the world’s violence over the years, it’s a simple and basic historical fact. Religion of course has played an ever increasingly smaller role in conflict around the world over the last century in particular but religion, really all religion, has a long history of either being used to justify conflict or actively creating such battles.
As well, few would argue that Christianity has been the biggest culprit in that. As the world’s largest religion for much of the last two thousand years various Christian denominations have used violence to spread their message and maintain the status quo, though again that has largely evaporated in recent years alongside the diminishing influence of religion on the whole.
Still, religious violence does exist in the world as we are seeing right now in the Embassy riots across North Africa and the Middle East. Though not Christian in nature, the root of that violence is very much what inspired the violence once perpetrated by Christians. Now the largest single religious authority in the world Pope Benedict, has spoken out against such actions and called for an end to fundamentalist activities, at least ones that don’t benefit the Catholic Church.
“Religious fundamentalism seeks to take power for political ends, at times using violence, over the individual conscience and over religion,” said Benedict during a trip to Lebanon. “All religious leaders in the Middle East should endeavour, by their example and their teaching, to do everything possible to uproot this threat, which indiscriminately and fatally affects believers.”
Fundamentalism is of course what inspired things like the Crusades which spread Christianity far and wide in the past.
It’s not clear who is actually listening to the Pope about anything at all never mind ending violence they obviously love so much.
“I many ways, and I hate to say this, the Pope is right. Obviously without the kind of religious fundamentalism that we are seeing right now he would not be Pope and there wouldn’t be two billion Christians around the world. That is simple and basic fact but that is in the past and we are not living there and violence is just not as acceptable as it once was,” said Scrape TV Religion analyst Bertram Gas. “Aside from that, the fact that the world has moved on, the reality is this violence doesn’t benefit the Catholic Church in anyway so he has to speak out against it. If it did benefit his Church his tone might be a little different.”
Very little violence has been committed in the name of Catholicism recently because people just aren’t that passionate anymore.
“It’s probably a good thing that he is saying this rather than encouraging violence. I mean that would be really strange and very out of character for the Church, obviously, do it’s really not a surprised that he hasn’t encouraged that but it is kind of ironic that he has benefited so much from the very fundamentalism he is now speaking out against,” continued Gas. “Of course defeating irony has never been a strong suit for the Church, just like defeating child molesters but to be fair to them in that area they don’t really try. It’s much harder to accomplish something when you don’t try.”
It’s not actually clear if Benedict was sure of what he was saying because he is real, real old.
William Ashford, Business Correspondent