Friday, July 18, 2008

Motes and Beams

The Roman Catholic church leader, who has the audacity to claim to be the vicar of Christ on earth, has attacked “insatiable consumption” while visiting Australia. This was not long after he “toured Sydney Harbour on the city’s must luxurious crusie ship.”

It really is hard to take this man’s sermons seriously. He’s worse than Al Gore lecturing us on energy consumption while being an energy pig himself. Here are a few photos illustrating the Pope’s lifestyle.

Here is the Pope on his throne. Notice the lack of "insatiable consumption".

On the left is the entrance to the Pope's living quarters within the Vatican Palace.

On the right is a glimpse of the ceilings within the Papa apartments.

What you have to the left is a little summer place that the Pope keeps. It is a massive castle, this is just one part of it.

The man travels the world by jet, rides in limos on a regular basis. He doesn't do his own laundry, doesn't have to clean his own toilet, and walks around in silk carrying priceless gold objects.

Yet he has the gall to preach to middle class working people about the small comforts of life that they have. They don't have his servants, his limos, or his palaces. The Pope spends more on lifestyle per year than most people can spend in a lifetime. But that doesn't stop him from pontificating (literally in his case) about the evils of insatiable consumption.

When it comes to consumption the Pope has a much business lecturing others as his church does when it comes to preaching sexual morality.

I'm not prone to quoting this guy very much. But some preacher, a few centuries back, is alleged to have said: "Judge not, that you may not be judged, for with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again. Any why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye; and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye? Or how sayest thou to thy brother: Let me cast the mote out of thy eye; and behold a beam is in thy own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam in thy own eye, and then shalt thou see to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." And just to be on safe ground I quote from the preferred Catholic translation of the Bible, the Douay-Rheims version.