Leonel wrote:Can she be a Woman?
Leonel! She can be a woman only if she's passed for a man throughout her priestly career. One hard trick to pull off!
John Paul II has expressly barred woman priesthood for the Church, to the chagrin of Nekita (I feel sure).
One would have thought that men and women were equal in the eyes of God.
But think about this: Once a priest always a priest. A defrocked priest is still a priest. He may not perform priestly duties officially for the public but, according to Catholic dogma, he still has the powers to administer sacraments and may do so in private. A lot of priests have resigned from their position, voluntarily and involuntarily, and went on to marry (sometimes the women they had relations with as priests) and to have children. Of course, many of those children were also born to priests who never resigned their function (lots of cases in Haiti).
But even after a priest resigns and marries, he still is a priest, whether he is called a defrocked priest or a former priest. In reality, and according to the Church's own dogma, there is no such thing as a "former priest". That's a contradiction in terms. President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is a priest. But another thought... what if a "former priest" has a sex change operation? (Has that never happened?) Or what if, somewhere in the world, a woman passing as a man received indeed the sacrament of ordination? In either of those two cases (perhaps there are others), would you then have a woman priest -- whether the Church liked it or not?
Leonel wrote:Is he gonna be chosen by God?
A la nèg anmèdan papa! And Gelin thinks I am the one...
Leonel, God does not choose. She inspires. Just prior to John Paul II, She inspired the Conclave of Cardinals to select John Paul I in 1978, who died 33 days later. No one has ever been able to decipher God's inspiratio
ns. (Not even Gelin.)
Remember too that God, in the person of the Holy Spirit, inspired the Cardinals to choose an Italian as pope for four and a half centuries before John Paul II, a Pole. It appears that this Pope has had a more illustrious career than all those Italian popes that preceded him. Will this in turn inspire God to look somewhat further than Europe for a leader of Her Church?
You want to be a candidate. But Leonel, I believe that one of the requirements of the job is that you believe in God. So I think that somewhat disqualifies you, per your own admission. So I think it will be pretty hard to sell your candidacy.
A certain person on this forum would be my first choice. She does travel a lot, and John Paul II has practically made this one of the modern requirements for that position. The only problem is that she would have to have a sex change operation (unfortunately!)
How about Jaf? He has written an encyclical "Viv Bondye Aba Relijyon". Ah.... forget him
Any other Haitian candidate?
I don't expect that there will be. The biggest job in the world for any Haitian man is to sit one day on the chaise bourrée du Palais National. I have the sneaky feeling that that particular position and the Papacy are not compatible, so you know which job any Haitian man worth his salt will pursue.
Unless he can hold the position in parallel fashion. Come to think of it, Gérard Gourgue is in striking position...
Well, we'll see. God's inspirations are somewhat impredictable. Perhaps She will someday select South America, Asia, Africa... as breeding grounds for the ultimate leadership of Her Church. And if She does, I bet that John Paul II will have had something to do with it. He now has Her ear, you know, and Her undivided attention.
Leonel wrote:Why do believers cry when there is death or transfer to a Better Place?
Because they are selfish, Leonel. That's the only explanation. They want to keep t
heir loved ones to themselves instead of cheering when they leave this hellish world and go on to meet their Maker in a state of Eternal Happiness. In all logic, believers should be screaming TOUCHDOWN! every time a loved one emits his/her last breath and CHEER WILDLY for one more who makes it where they all want to go eventually. But believers are the selfish sort. It would appear that they do not truly want anyone to precede them. It's like they are going to lose one good seat at a football game, every time someone has the privilege of entering the stadium. Someone should tell them that the stadium is so big that there will be a good seat for them too, in due time. They should stop that selfish behavior once and for all. Have you ever observed them cry miserably while telling you in the same breath that their loved one has gone to Paradise? What the Hell is wrong with this picture?
Stop being so selfish, people! Your turn will come. And there will be enough food at the banquet for everybody. You ar
e not losing anything by letting one person go. (In fact, his going first is a little bit of insurance for you! Think about it.)
And the most amazing thing of all, when the person is about to undertake the trip... they pray for him/her NOT TO GO! As though it was a bad thing... If the Pope was not ready to go, Lord, will there ever be any hope for you and me? He prepared himself to go his entire life, and when he is finally about to make the trip, you say: "Oh, please. Don't go!" What will it take for people to understand that was THE DEAL all along. The Pope had a first-class ticket. Better than a first-class ticket, from what I could see on television. Air conditioning, and everything. Let him go, people. Let him go. That's the whole point of religion, haven't you figured it out already?
And why are the believers so afraid of the Eternal Life, which had better be a million times better than the one on Earth, otherwise what would be the point of Religion?
Cheer on, people. Cheer fo
r the Pope. He has stopped suffering. Stop being selfish. He's made it. This is PARTY TIME. Be happy... be logical. And don't pray for his soul. It's a little too late for that... God knows how many millions of "Je vous salue, Marie" are going to be recited today for the Pope. As though he needs it. I bet he will receive more unneeded prayers than all the children of Iraq. All the children of Darfur. All the children of Cité Soleil.
Yes, Leonel, you are right. The Church has some very confused people. And for good reason. The Church cultivates confusion. Has done so for millennia. No wonder we end up with so many confused people, who cry when they should cheer, and cheer when they should cry.