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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) -- Pope Benedict has warned against rampant materialism which he said was polluting the spirit of Christmas.

"In today's consumer society, this time of the year unfortunately suffers from a sort of commercial 'pollution' that threatens to alter its real spirit," the Pope told a large crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square on Sunday to hear his weekly Angelus blessing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Pope is right on and stuff, but I couldn't help but laugh at fark.com's headline on this:

"Pope denounces materialism from balcony of marble, gold-domed building in midst of jewel-encrusted religious icons while wearing giant gold cross"


Blogger GrovesFan said...

Right on Brant!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i guess we all suffer from the same hypocracy, although it aint like the pope and other preists are livin large benny-henn style. all preists take a vow of poverty and the Catholic church supports more orphanages, hospitals, charitable organizations worldwide than all the other protestant churches in the World combined, including the Salvation Army. (i read this somewhere i think "life" mag when the Pope John-Paul died.) Sure they have had their dark moments, but we have to remember that their dark moments are our dark moments. It is the Church, one body, united with us in a blood-stained and Grace filled history.

So i guess every man or woman in this country who walks into neman's to buy 120$ of parfume, gets out their 300$ ipod and slips into their 25k+ car, goes home to their 180k+ home turns on their 1500 dollar tv and runs out to spend 20-40$ a plate on dinner for one night then goes to church and sings from the phew of their 20 million dollar sanctuary, about poor and lowly shepherds and a savior born in a Cave could should feel the poke farkey's prodding.

(sorry a little self-examination moment)

so i guess what i am saying is that when i laugh at the Pope, i pretty much laugh at myself.


Blogger Mary said...

LOL at the quote about the pope! And, yes Seth, good point that their dark moments are our dark moments.

Personally, the commercialism doesn't bother me as much as it does some others. If I had to explain what being a Christian is like to someone who did not believe, I think I'd start with Chrsitmas. It is the one time of the year when more people see beyond themselves for a few weeks. People talk about the Christmas spirit, and to me that means they are talking about the love of God that is trying to break into the world. Yes, we get a bit distracted by thinking that buying something for someone else will do the trick, but at least we are thinking of others. Just a thought.


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