As he does every year, the Pope (you know, the guy who really looks like the Emperor from Star Wars) has performed the Catholic ritual of mumbling some words and hoping really hard some stuff changes.
This year he has reserved some specific words for oppressors and other folk who he sees as bad. This I find somewhat humorous since the Catholic church seems to make regular habit of trying to oppress the rights and freedoms of various people; homosexuals, women, etc etc.
“Lord make your promise come finally true. Break the rods of the oppressors. Burn the tramping boots. Let the time of the garments rolled in blood come to an end,”
My advice to Darth Popeious would be to stop giving somewhat redundant speeches and actually turning his organisation into a force for good (or at least neutrality since it does have a fair way to go). Liquidate some of your ridiculous assets and invest the money in some great schemes already operating. Or just some of those ‘… for dummies’ books would be a goo start – ‘Morality’ and ‘Science’ should probably be first on the list.
“This child [Jesus, not Dennis the Menace] has ignited the light of goodness in men and has given them strength to overcome the tyranny of might”.
Wait, is he trying to state that men could not have been good before Bearded-Hippy-Man happened to come along? Wow. Personally I would have thought the single force that has let humanity rise above what it once was … was science (using rational thought at it’s engine. Vroom.). But humanity is not always good, I think we saw that with the Vatican’s rather desperate attempts to make the child abuse affair stay hidden.
“We thank you for your goodness, but we also ask you to show forth your power.
Goodness? What goodness? He has not done a thing, even if the Bible is true (which it clearly isn’t) for two thousand years. Sitting back and letting stuff happen is not ‘goodness’. Getting off your celestial butt and correcting wrongs would be goodness. The second half of that phrase has left me with a great mental image, however; God with his huge white beard and robes holding high a sword yelling “By the power of Greyskull…!”