Perhaps the Pope will prove me wrong. But I doubt it.
Good article at Religion Dispatches: A Pope, a Poet, and a Drug War: Will Benedict stoke flames of culture war, or will he attend to the conflict that is truly devastating Mexico?
With the Pontiff’s upcoming trip to Mexico, there is a real opportunity to make a major statement about the most pressing concern today, and Mexican poet Javier Sicilia has been pushing for exactly that.
â€œI still believe, but these days itâ€™s a naked belief, itâ€™s a belief thatâ€™s in a very dark place. I canâ€™t really comprehend or rationalize it right now, because my grief has been so all-consumingâ€”but the faith is still there inside me.â€ It is this profound faith that motivated Sicilia to write the pope, hoping that his presence might console a troubled nation.
â€œIn their name, for this us, for this body, I have come to Rome, Benedict, to ask that in your visit to Mexico you embrace it, before anyone, as the Father embraced the pained and murdered body of Christ, that you might carry it in your arms and console it: to help us know the response of resurrection in the face of death and pain that the criminals, a fractured State administered by governments and corrupt parties and a Church hierarchy that seems always attentive to its own political interest, have imputed to us.â€
Mexicoâ€™s ambassador to the Vatican, HÃ©ctor Federico Ling Altamirano, has said that the popeâ€™s agenda will touch on the family, abortion, euthanasia, stem-cell research, and the morning-after pill.
Morning-after pill. Really?
That’s what you have to offer? Talking about the morning-after pill?