“And by ‘respect’, what I mean is…”

May 8th, 2009


According to The New York Times, the Pope has declared his “deep respect” for Muslims.

If I remember rightly, the Pope believes in a place called “Heaven” and also that a pre-condition for entry into Heaven is an acceptance of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and one’s Lord and Saviour. The last time I looked, Muslims did not accept that.

So what is the Pope really saying?

You’re all going to Hell, or at least Purgatory, but I think you’re great!

Surely the Pope’s statement reflects his understanding of modern politics and public relations. After all, only a hundred years ago, the Pope would have got away with saying that all Muslims are going to burn in hell, but he would not get away with that today, no matter how much he might think it.

According to Catholic theology, all Muslims are at least going to spend a considerable amount of time suffering in Purgatory, so either the Pope does not have a deep respect for Muslims, or he is calling into question Catholic doctrine. There I go using logical thinking again (which priests taught me at university).

I should just have faith that the Pope really does respect people he believes are not good enough to get into his Heaven.

To the Popes embarrassment, the reception at King Abdullahs palace was not, in fact, a Magnificent Seven themed fancy dress.

To the Pope's embarrassment, the reception at King Abdullah's palace was not, in fact, a Magnificent Seven themed fancy dress.

4 Responses to ““And by ‘respect’, what I mean is…””

  1. Rowan Manahanon 09 May 2009 at

    Best. Caption. Ever.

  2. Declan Chellaron 09 May 2009 at

    The Pope did kind of hand me that one on a plate, what with the hat and all. :)

  3. Rowan Manahanon 09 May 2009 at

    Oh! And I like your analysis of the, “My invisible friend is bigger than your invisible friend” argument.

  4. GODon 11 May 2009 at

    Popes,Imams etc are a bit like wedding and party planners. They are all going to promise you the best event ever. However it’s my party in the end!..ps Sully not the Magnificent Seven!

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