Pope condemns "pagan" love of money, power

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Pope Benedict XVI condemned unbridled “pagan” passion for power, possessions and money as a modern-day plague Saturday as he led more than a quarter of a million Catholics in an outdoor Mass in Paris, before retreating to his private limo, private jet and gold-plated vestments with jewel-encrusted hat, in his monolithic mansion institution where upon he contemplated how best to keep people with AIDS from being able to use condoms.

Benedict was making his first visit as pontiff to the French capital, renowned for its luxury goods, fashion sense and cultural riches.

“Has not our modern world created its own idols?” Benedict said in his homily, and wondered aloud whether people have “imitated, perhaps inadvertently, the pagans of antiquity?”

“This is a question that all people, if they are honest with themselves, cannot help but ask,” the pontiff said.

The 260,000 or so people who gathered on the lawns of the Esplanade des Invalides displayed a joyful outpouring of faith for this traditionally Roman Catholic country, which has witnessed a sharp decline in churchgoing in recent years.

Benedict has continued with a campaign started by his predecessor, John Paul II, who worried that the affluent West was turning consumerism into a kind of religion and ignoring its Christian roots of spiritual values.

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Posted by jpowell180 on 2008-12-28 14:34:24
Boy, having his right arm & hand extended up in the air like in that photo seems to look pretty natural for this guy...I'll bet he's thinking how it brings back all the happy memories of his (Hitler) youth...

(Hitler) "Heil, mein Hitler Jugen!"
(Hitler Youth crowd) ".....HEIL, MEIN FURHER!".

....The herr von Schirach takes them all out for Bier und Bratwurst....
 

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