Saturday, October 11, 2003
Re: Church and State
Carl, Certainly not - The Pope does not limit himself to the role of a temporal head of a religion. For example, when he visited India, he was hosted in the Rashtrapati Bhavan - an honor that say, a Grand Ayatollah from Najaf would not have recd. In this sense, he is similar to the Dalai Lama, playing a dual role. In that sense, when the Vatican issues a decree such as what I was talking abt, it is acting in a manner that amounts to interference. Besides, the Church, by explicitly calling politicans (or rulers) to rally around its cause, is violating the separation of Church and State in many countries.
Last time Pope came to Delhi, I did not find too much reason in the argument of some that he should not be recd by the PM or the President. Now, I think I see their point.
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