CNN reports on Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas speech:
“Today Christmas has become a commercial celebration, whose bright lights hide the mystery of God’s humility, which in turn calls us to humility and simplicity,” the pope said after recalling the story of Christmas. “Let us ask the Lord to help us see through the superficial glitter of this season, and to discover behind it the child in the stable in Bethlehem, so as to find true joy and true light.”
He lives in an enourmous palace decorated with gold and jewelry that was stolen by his predecessors during the crusades. He has a gold embroidered hat. He carries a diamond and ruby encrusted solid gold scepter. He unveils an enormous 23 foot tall, 82 foot wide nativity scene. And then decries the “superficial glitter” of Christmas.
As usual, he also denounced science:
“If we want to find the God who appeared as a child, then we must dismount from the high horse of our ‘enlightened’ reason,” he said. “… In this spirit let us celebrate the liturgy of the holy night, let us strip away our fixation on what is material, on what can be measured and grasped.”
Can you say “hypocrisy”?