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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (June 12, 2005)      

          ... the Pope, who was elected in April, also condemned divorce, artificial birth control, trial marriages and free-style unions, saying all of these practices were dangerous for the family.  None of these statements from this pope are unexpected ... after all, he has been responsible for using the financial resources of the church to actively politic against all progressive ideas.  Like so many in the political world, much of what is publicized by the Vatican is a diversionary tactic to take attention away from the problems inside the catholic churches across the globe.  Just this past week this news story was prominent in the headlines:
A Maltese Monsignor with the responsibility of the promoter of justice for the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, says he will remain silent about the reasons behind the Church’s decision to stop investigations into accusations of child abuse by a Mexican founder of an influential religious order.
The news stirred outrage last week as the Vatican made it known that Fr Maciel Degollado, the 85-year-old founder of the Legionaries of Christ in 1941 and a prominent religious figure in Mexico, will not face a church trial on allegations that he molested teenagers.

I don't have a problem with any religious leader espousing their theology or re-stating their dogma to their faithful, but where the Vatican has gone awry in the past couple of decades is in attempting to legislate their theology and make it part of law in many countries.  But, as evolution of "thought" cannot be stymied or stilled, most people ignore the edicts of the Vatican as they continue to remain stagnated on the traditions of the church rather than look intelligently at what these traditions have created in the world.

        The spiritual genius Jesus was the greatest example of allowing thought to evolve through our minds and bring into our belief system greater enlightenment.  When He made the great statement that the Ten Commandments could be summed up as "love God and love your neighbor as your self," the religious leaders of His time were outraged.  They called Him blasphemous and a heretic.  They were so attached to tradition that they could not accept a more enlightened idea ... the Law to them was understandable  ... Love was not.  And instead of being willing to rise Higher in their understanding of the Laws of God as stated by the Radical Rabbi Jesus ... they wanted to punish Him!  The Pope is following in their tradition ... rather than open his mind to understand that a great evolution in Love and understanding is at hand for him to open his heart to ... he wants to punish ... through legislative law if possible ... with guilt and shame if possible ... but for intelligent people and people who understand the Love that Jesus made the world aware of ... the pope just becomes the spokesman for a false idea of the past.

         The catholic faithful are called to view the Pope as the representative of Christ on Earth.  Clearly, this has never had any validity and never more so than in the past decade as the Vatican has covered up the crimes of its priests, bishops and cardinals and in truth, co-joined them in their crimes and continue to do so.  Jesus' legacy to the world was not condemnation ... but a loving "lifting up" of the consciousness of those fortunate enough to study His teachings.  Would the Radical Rabbi "separate" anyone from the Love of God?  Of course not.  His teachings are a testimony of forgiveness, Oneness and loving kindness.  "What you do to one of these little ones ... you do to me," He said.

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love
Rev. Hank Bates

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