Just before Christmas each year, the Pope gives his Christmas Eve homily. It is rather short and is on the web. You can find it if you want, just do a Google search on “Christmas Eve Homily”. I read it.
There are a number of things that I might take issue with, but the most glaring to me was the following:
The pope was talking about the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and, specifically the entrance, which is 1-½ meters high (a bit less than 5-feet ).
Part of his homily states:
It seems to me that a deeper truth is revealed here, which should touch our hearts on this holy night: if we want to find the God who appeared as a child, then we must dismount from the high horse of our “enlightened” reason. We must set aside our false certainties, our intellectual pride, which prevents us from recognizing God’s closeness.
This is quite interesting. “We must dismount from “ ‘enlightened’ reason.” What is he trying to tell me? Shall I dispense with truth? That is quite a statement coming from someone who has shielded pedophiles for years.
So, is “reason” some sort of nastiness or snobbishness? We need to abandon reason so that we can find the god-child? Shall we be stupid and ignorant so that Pope Ratzinger can go on wearing his white robe with the glossy red slippers?
What is he saying? I think that he is beseeching us all to ditch the one thing about us that might make us superior to our pets — the ability to reason. He is suggesting that we be stupid and ignorant so that he can go on selling his protection racket, known as “The Church”.
Thank you, your holiness, but I think I’ll take a pass on that one.