re: “The Pope most certainly is a Head of State. He is the head of the Vatican City State and the Holy See.”
Nanetteclaret, I stand corrected regarding the Pope being a “Head of State”.
However, and please understand, I’m not meaning to argue and I have no hostile intent. I’m just looking at the Pope as Christian leader. As I said before, I am NOT Catholic, in fact the media would describe me as a “fundamentalist Baptist”, and, I do NOT believe in papal infallibility and all that.
So, even though the Pope is a head of state, it is not, in my opinion, a typical political entity. And, which kingdom is to have more influence on a Christian, the political establishments of men, or, the Kingdom of God? Which Kingdom should have priority on the Pope?
I doubt we will agree on this, but I still think that showing humility in this case is not necessarily a bad thing. Jesus shocked His disciples when He had a conversation with a hated Samaritan woman in the “Woman at the well” story. I’m not equating the Pope with Jesus, just pointing out that often Christianity is at odds with tradition and taboos.
Again, I’m not meaning to argue, and you may be absolutely correct in the end. It was just a thought, maybe a bad one, but just a thought all the same.
Please re-read my whole post, re: the purpose of protocol.
Besides this one incident, the Pope has scandalized the faithful on many occasions, and he’s only been Pope for a few months! There is a difference between true humility and false humility. True humility thinks of the other person and false humility thinks only of itself. Sometimes I get the feeling that the Pope’s “humility” is for the cameras only and not for the faithful. Since the media seem to be so infatuated with him, I would say he is definitely on the wrong side.
Jesus told us not to be surprised when the world hates us, because it hated Him. The world does not seem to hate this Pope; that tells me something, loud and clear!