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While the Russian orthodox church chooses to make a few steps in the future, making Metropolitan Kirill, a 62-year-old modernizer, the head of the church, catholic keeps taking a few steps behind – they not only choose benedict XVI , a cardinal that is not looking ahead, but looking behind, and who is taking actions driving the catholic church same decades back in time.

It’s a simple and huge difference…hindsight-rear-view-future-past-road-mirror

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vatican_0718I’m not a catholic, my education was catholic but for a number of reasons made my path and my beliefs went in a different direction.  I’m a non believer now.

One of the reasons catholic church seems ( as an institution ) more a criminal then a religion is, in my opinion the words against the use of condom, a perfect crime against many people, many of those in regions were poverty doesn’t allow many people to have enough information to have an opinion and fallow the church line.

The catholic church will be judged by this, as they are judged now for the dark middle time ages, where their crimes are know acknowledged, and even if we cannot count the deaths, aids as killed many people, much of whom by lack of information and hypocrisy from the catholic church.

 

Now we se the pope take a step behind in terms of having an institution that is able to say something to the new generations – he didn’t need to do this, John Paul II had solved this matter a few years ago, but no… This pope Benedict XVI, took back into the spotlight some bishops that are open holocaust deniers.

This fact, is not only a mockery of John Paul II’s moving and impressive repudiation and condemnation of anti-Semitism, but also the opening of a gap between catholic church leaders and their believers.

Like me, many more people started catholic by education, and got far and far from the church and far from their leaders – catholic church is simply placing a big question remark over the legacy of John Paul II.

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This weekend i decided to go see this movie, it’s Woody Allen, so we can have certain assurances of quality. It’s his best movies, very far from it, but it’s worth the ticket – it’s a great story about love, but we cannot get a real definition of it in the movie. Maybe you can say it’s the definition of not-love. It’s really hard to tell.

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Wonderful scenes in Barcelona, and that is really the movie most favourable rating, the sound track, and the Barcelona view. It’s entertaining, but not a movie i would consider seeing again. The name is Vicky Cristina Barcelona , it’s directed by woody Allen, with names like Scarlett Johansson, Javier Barden, Penelope Cruz and Rebecca Hall.

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With Clinton on board Barack Obama start’s his mandate.

Sure the oath of office didn’t went very well, but the things that really matter started right away on his speech. His first speech as President of the United States of America show a lot of different things. obama-lincoln-cp-w6109957

I point out to 3 aspects of his speech, first of all, the tone was not a happy, celebrational one, but a tone that remembered each American of the difficulties ahead, second, the way he criticised George Bush with him sitting right next to him, on a ceremony where usually is nothing more then a huge party, shows a lot of spirit and will to chenge things arround.

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For me probably the most important reference in his speech, was the accepantance of the “non believers”, in which group I include myself. It means an openness not only to the “non believers” but most important then that, a truly meaningful intent to treat all peoples and religions beliefs as equal. It’s a great step. If you simply hear the speech you might not notice that, but those 2 words might mean a lot more to the world then all the rest of the text.

You can’t ignore that most conflicts nowadays have a profound difference in beliefs on his basis. For the first time the USA seem to head without any pre concepts to the path of respecting every belief.

These first 3 days were as expected, Guantanamo closed in a year, some interests in the middle east  Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nothing new, we can’t judge nobody for 3 days… but the prospects are untouched…

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This is the first day of the rest of our lifes… History on the making, a big HOPE sign over our heads. Barack Obama.

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In the 44th inauguration, Obama is coming by train to washington. It’s not a win, it’s a start. I, as many of us in the world are hoping Obama can bring many different things to the USA administration. The train that whistle’s brings a new word to this century : HOPE. It’s a damm good word too.

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Can Obama live up to the expectations? We will see, but at the very least Barack Obama makes us believe again. Can a man change the world? Sure it can.

Meanwhile in Gaza, Israel is starting cease-fire tomorrow – how surprising…  let us not forget to get Israel responsables to Hague (charged with War crimes) – what occured in Gaza was not a war, was a criminal action against civilians.

If you have any question about George Bush 8 years, please see the video above, it’s a very well crafted summary of the last 2 mandates from Bush.

I just wish Al Gore could have won in 2004…

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over 1000…

Everybody whistles and the war continues, the death toll is over 1000 now. Shame on us.

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