So far this year the most difficult thing to get away from has been Mary appearing in and on things. She was on the underpass dribblings in Chicago, a tree in the parking lot of the General Mills factory where they make breakfast cereal, that grilled cheese.....just yesterday I saw her on the underbelly of a turtle that some lady found in her back yard.
That was until the Pope gave his recent speech. Now I can't get away from all the Pope fuss. I can't escape everyone and their dog Rollo's opinion of the Pope, what he said, what he meant to say, whether or not he did apologize or should apologize, and what hat he had on while it all occured.
I feel compelled to offer my opinion of his hats. Every once in a while when I run across the a picture of the Pope unexpectedly , in the paper or online or wherever, just for a second, I think I'm looking at one of those red hat ladies. Since he's not also wearing a purple boa, I realize in the next second it's the Pope.
Nice hat, I think to myself.
The rest of it is as tiresome to me as the endless questions about papal infallibilty. How many times have I had to explain that? Even Catholics get mixed up.
It's not rocket science.
Is the pope always infallible? If you're playing scrabble with the Pope and he puts up the word "blotsnefad" does he win?
The Pope is only infallible when he speaks on matters of morals and ethics, and even then only when he speaks 'ex cathedra', or from the throne. I mean....ex cathedra means from the throne. There's been some argument about how many times this has happened and I think the official answer is three. One was the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, one was the Assumption of Mary into heaven and the other one was that the Pope is infallible.
You see, the Pope wasn't always infallible. The Church has always been infallible but the Pope was not personally infallible until Vatican I. That Pope locked everyone up in the Vatican for quite some time. The Cardinals were very crabby and uncomfortable.
But the Pope became infallible by infallible ex cathedra decision and the infallibility of the Pope was retroactive for all the Popes before him. Even the Borgia's.
I'm thinking it will all blow over, this recent conflagration. Salmon Rushdie is still doing very well after all and I think his dummy was burned many times way back when.