Friday, October 10, 2003
Re: Church and State
the church does not bother itself with the decency of not trying to use the religion in influencing policies of other countries
Ramki, the Vatican's sovereignty is moral and spiritual by definition and transcends national boundaries dividing the community of the faithful. Papal judgement on national policies of nations with significant Chrissy populations is not the same as a temporal leader's interference in another country's affairs. Many of the faithful look to the Papa for a comment presumably backed by scriptural authority. Therefore your criticism on this count is unwarranted.
But you can certainly argue about whether Papal decrees are truly guided by scripture, the correct interpretation, and even whether there is something fishy about the scriptures themselves.
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