Michael Feldman, What Do You Know, on NPR reads bits of news designed to start his show by invoking audience laughter. Today Michel chuckled through the bit about the Pope having forgiven the Jews for the death of Jesus.
The Pope and his predecessors fostered centuries of hatred towards the Jewish people for what a handful of men did in 33 A.D. In 2011, the Pontiff of the Catholic Church forgives the Jewish people. Following that line of reasoning, we can expect forgiveness for the Spanish people who conducted the Inquisitions. Oh, wait…The Spanish Inquisition was Catholic sponsored so no forgiveness required.
Following the Pope’s lead in finding a solution for a centuries old hatred problem, I offer my admittedly simplistic solution for hunger, prejudice and poverty in the world.
Abandon the Pomp and Circumstance way of conducting Church ceremonies. Dress Church leaders in Jesus clothes, much the same way that certain contemplative orders dress. House and feed church leaders in the manner of low to middle-income people of the congregations. Keep only those Church museum quality treasures that Jesus could have carried in his preaching life. Look at gold in terms of mitigation of suffering rather than enhancement of facilities.
And finally, take a long look at the nature of humans in all our characteristics purported to be created in the image and likeness of God. If the church believes that God knew what He was doing, it is time to beg the forgiveness of gay men and women for centuries of Church sponsored hated. It is time to beg the forgiveness of women for centuries of second class treatment. It is time to beg forgiveness from decades of men and women forced to choose between birth control, celibate marriages or too many children. It is time to prostrate before the thousands of victims of church accepted child abuse and cry in shame.
One good something invites another.