An important and often downplayed aspect of history is the tension between the Vatican and it’s detractors.
Whatever ‘side’ one takes in this historical dialectic it is apparent that the influence of the Vatican is increasingly surfacing into public consciousness.
To be clear, I support freedom of religion so long as it doesn’t interfere with other fundamental rights. The most fundamental right, free speech, can, and should, be used to highlight the extent of the influence of religious factions in society. Those who might claim to speak on behalf of others should, at least, make this claim by reference to an effective voting system (a liquid democracy, for example).
Pope Francis, the embodiment of the final ascendance of the Jesuit Order within the Catholic Church, is taking it upon himself to lead us all spiritually and increasingly politically.
Does the Vatican really represent your worldview? Watch out because it is hard at work creating one for you.
[4 Aug 2017]
and bad cop ..
[22 Aug 2017]