To commemorate the Catholic church’s “World Youth Day”, Pope John Paul II’s novel idea intended to draw both Catholic youth and others from all over the world to celebrate the Christian faith, Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting Spain’s capital of Madrid to hold a mass for tens of thousands of people who are expected to appear and participate in confessions at the Buen Retiro Park (pictured) in Madrid.
Pope Benedict XVI’s visit, procession and the rest of the event in Madrid is expected to cost at least 60 million euros (nearly 87 million U.S. dollars) as Spain is facing incredibly tough financial difficulties along with the rest of the world.
Church officials waved away the extremely expensive and ridiculous costs saying that it was all for the betterment of the Catholic community and “essential to the growth of faith in God”.
Ultimately the taxpayers and other contributors (factor in the week-long duration of the parades and masses that will be blocking up major roads and consequently businesses, then security, then clean-up of the streamers and so much more; note that pilgrims/tourists will be given special discounts to public transportation and other stores) to the Church treasury will be paying for the lavish proceedings while famine victims are wasting away in parts of the world that might as well be in Wonderland in the mind of the Church.
Even when faced with threats of mass protests that are being planned by Spaniards in response to the Pope’s future visit, Church officials put on a smile and insisted that the papal visit will commence.
Judging from the Church’s response, it seems that the Pope is quite optimistic about his visits to independent countries despite the huge protests and harsh criticism that met him on his previous trip to Britain regarding Church policies and the sexual abuse of minors at the hands of local priests.
Disgustingly, in an effort (the Church of course denied this) to market the Catholic faith to the younger generations, Church officials have agreed that any woman who confesses during this special limited time offered by God himself (when they say God, they mean the Church) of having had an abortion will be forgiven of their sins and “welcomed back” into the Church.
Prior to this limited time offer, women who had abortions faced excommunication from the Church.
Fortunately Spain has many groups of intelligent and wonderful human beings (those of Catholic faith included) numbering in the hundreds of thousands that are currently encouraging protests and demonstrations on World Youth Day against the papal visit. Some cite political reasons, while others cite economical or other reasons for their protests.
Many believe that the Church is targeting Spain because taxpayers in Spain have the option of automatically subtracting a certain percentage of their income towards the Church.
Besides the shameful advertising of “if you had an abortion, we will forgive you just this once”, the Church announced that Pope Benedict XVI will be delivering a speech on (most likely against) gay marriage which is totally fine with an overwhelming percentage of people in Spain and with the legal system as well showing the papal visit is going to be on “enemy grounds”.
(Cover Photo: The New York Times)