Pope’s Memo to Bishops: New Policy on Sin.

In all the praise of the new Pope for his view the Church should tone down its steady condemnation of sins involving sex,  one group must be hurting.  It’s the newly chosen Bishops.  These are men who thought they had figured out how to move up in the Church–by condemning sexual sins and embracing Republican politics.

These Bishops must be saying, “Oh drat, just when I understood how to succeed in this outfit, they changed the rules.”

They should have recognized how the sin game is played.  It is to highlight particular sins until they become too popular in the pews to criticize, then move on to other sins.  It is happening before our eyes.  Right wing Protestants will follow soon.

I explain this with the Sin Leader Board.  I stole Leader Board from the game of golf.  This is a list of the most popular sins being condemned regularly by clergy.  When a sin falls off the Leader Board, clergy stop discussing it and move another up.

 Sin Leader Board is made possible by the variety of interpretations available from the Bible,  written by unknown authors 2000 years ago.  The Board of my youth featured working on Sunday while the Methodist’s featured alcohol.  Both the sins of working on Sunday and alcohlol consumption have slipped off the Board.

As gays, abortion and birth control slip off the current Leader Board, a new memo should come along soon.  It will request suggestions of new sins ready to move up.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/09/19/lets-not-just-talk-about-sex-what-pope-francis-really-said-to-jesuit/

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4 Responses to Pope’s Memo to Bishops: New Policy on Sin.

  1. Avatar of realist realist says:

    I believe it will be a huge improvement if the sins of not feeding the hungry, not helping the poor, and not comforting the sick make it onto the leader board for as long as this pope is in his job. I love it that the Bishops have gone all in on abortion, but now won’t get any credit for their efforts. Hah!

  2. Brad says:

    “I believe it will be a huge improvement if the sins of not feeding the hungry, not helping the poor, and not comforting the sick make it onto the leader board for as long as this pope is in his job.”

    If this takes hold as it should, and as it so far appears to be, the Republican party could be in a real world of hurt. If the religious crowd starts seeing through the Republican ruse (dangle the carrot of guns, God, and gays in front of their nose while butchering the social safety net), they will lose a significant portion of their base.

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