Sunday, June 10, 2007

The two most powerful men in the world

And look who’s doing the bowing. Cranmer thought that presidents of the United States of America did not bow to anyone. Indeed, the official advice given for the recent visit of Her Majesty to Virginia included the instruction: ‘Bowing is not required of US citizens’. The history of their nation, born, as it was, out of conflicts with royalty and religion, caused them to enshrine the equality of all men at the heart of its constitution: it is its raison d’être.

To bow: cause or to incline to submit; usher or escort obsequiously; be obsequious, fawn; bend or kneel in submission or reverence.

The symbolism of the President of the United States of American bowing ‘in submission or reverence’ to the Bishop of Rome is a metaphor the world now lives by. The death of John Paul II caused the Heir to the Throne to postpone his wedding, and entranced all peoples everywhere with its sublime magnificence. World leaders, elected or not, are acutely aware of the spiritual authority wielded by the Vatican over its billion adherents, and the consequent inherent political power. Thus, unlike any other religious leader in the world, Pope Benedict XVI is able to protest to the President’s face against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as express his concern over issues like ‘the defence and promotion of life, marriage and the family, the education of new generations and sustainable development’. This sounds like a manifesto for world government.

And His Holiness told the President that he wanted to see a ‘regional and negotiated’ solution to Middle-East conflicts, especially the Israeli-Palestinian question. And if the Israeli-Jews and Muslim-Arabs cannot agree on the status of Jerusalem and control of Temple Mount, might it not be worth considering the political, theological and spiritual mediation services of the Vatican?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Voyager said...

Oh come now Your Grace you read too much into a simply nod of respect - it is hardly Henry IV on his way to Canossa....

Shaking hands is far too political with a Pope and a nod of acknowledgement is hardly bowing or kneeling.

The Pope is also a Head of State, albeit a small but influential one with diplomatic channels omewhat more discreet than Foggy Bottom.

Prince Charles merely showed respect in avoiding his wedding being overshadowed by a funeral....wise decision methinks

10 June 2007 at 12:46  
Anonymous bob said...

It looks like the thirst for conspiracy theories was not confined to the post below.

It makes for amusing reading though - like a religio-political PG Wodehouse.

10 June 2007 at 13:15  
Anonymous oiznop said...

"Pope asks Bush to intervene over suffering of Iraqi and Palestinian Christians"

The Pope in a meeting with President Bush at Vatican City last week asked President Bush to use his influence in Iraq and along with the British to help the suffering of the Iraqi Christians living in Iraq as well as the Palesinian Christians living in Gaza.

Meanwhile many Iraqi Christians refugees and Palestinian Christians refugees are asking for asylum in Western Europe are being given the hard shoulder by West European governments in comparision to the treatment given to other refugees from Kosovo and Albania.

The EU has been asked to look into the suffering of the Iraqi Christians living in Iraq and the Palestinian Christians living in Gaza.

Sources: UPI, AP, and AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070611/ap_on_re_eu/iraqi_christian_refugees
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The Pope in a meeting with President Bush at Vatican City last week asked President Bush to use his influence in Iraq and along with the British to help the suffering of the Iraqi Christians living in Iraq as well as the Palesinian Christians living in Gaza.

Meanwhile many Iraqi Christians refugees and Palestinian Christians refugees are asking for asylum in Western Europe are being given the hard shoulder by West European governments in comparision and contrast to the treatment given to other refugees from Kosovo and Albania and other religions.

The suffering of Christians is just as important as any other religion, and their right to asylum in Europe is equally justified as those asylum seekers from other religions.

The EU has been asked to look into the suffering of the Iraqi Christians living in Iraq and the Palestinian Christians living in Gaza.

Sources: UPI, AP, and AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070611/ap_on_re_eu/iraqi_christian_refugees

12 June 2007 at 17:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was the purpose of this meeting.?
Why did Bush have to even bow?
This was meeting between two men
who will one day die and stand before the KING of KINGS.
This small entity ,the Vatican state,
has an arrogance beyond measure.
I just confirms how misguided Bush really is seeking counsel from a state soaked in deceit and intrigue.
Shame! Shame!!!.

13 June 2007 at 22:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The two most EVIL men in the world, actually.

14 June 2007 at 08:14  

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