Saturday, April 26, 2008

Pope converts to Moneytheism

A row has broken out in Rome about whether the speeches and writings of Pope Benedict should be freely available to everyone or subject to copyright.
The dispute was prompted by revelations that a publishing house in Milan had to pay £10,000 to reprint 30 lines from the first speech by the Pope following his election in April, after the Vatican transferred copyright on papal texts to its own publishing house, Libreria Editrice Vaticana. The Vatican also plans to charge rights on any papal texts of the past 50 years.
Full story here.

Hear hear! Even His Oddity seems to have come to the conclusion that it's moneytheism which keeps the world together in its innermost.

No applause from the wrong side, please. Anybody calling his religion, his worldview the 'one and only' is - with all respect - an idiot.

Yes, yes. There's a difference.

Thus, all idiots in the classical sense, come on and sue me!

Does it help (me) that I am laughing at them? That I am fed up? So damn fed up. With all those opportunists, who'd call themselves pragmatists.

Whatever politician/bishop I asked 'what's the difference between opportunism and pragmatism' smiled, raised his/her brows, but would not (try an) answer. In 30 years!

Back to 'Moneytheism':

I am exaggerating? What's about this?
SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO, Italy - The exhumed body of Padre Pio, a saint considered a miracle worker by his devotees, attracted thousands of pilgrims on Thursday when it went on display 40 years after his death.
Full article here.
Ah, the older I get, the less time I do have to be diplomatic. No one needs to believe in a god. It's just enough to be good*. To be kind to your neighbours, to the 'strangers/foreigners you meet and to those you love. That's all**.

* Sometimes it is difficult to be good.

** I repeat: That's all.


  1. Your spot on Sean.

    I have found that 'Religious' individuals are not always good.
    And 'Good' People have no need to be religious.

  2. If this is not bad enough Polish priests face up to 3 years jail time if they plagiarise texts for their sermons!

  3. Hmmm.
    I'll say nothing, as it's my own faith :)

  4. You 're-write' some sentences and tell that the Holy Spirit inspired you, nobody can do anything..))

  5. Ardent,
    thank you - for this aphorism.
    Spot on? You are!

    whoaah - this is one of my many 'old' mistakes. Now I've seen it black on white, I hope it will not happen again.
    Thanks, my dear teacher.

    after your very comment I checked the story.
    No comment, though, as I find it hard not to be rude these days. :)

    To make up for your giving me a big smile, I shall light a candle in the cathedral of my heart for Birmingham City remaining in the Premier League. :)

    I think it is no accident that spirit is just another word for distillate. :)