2005/02/13

Just separation of powers a necessity



I'm not sure why it's so hard for people to understand it when we say, "Vote your conscience but don't try to make your conscience law for the rest of us."

Pope John Paul acknowledged the potentially positive role of secularism in France as a way to balance power, on the 100th anniversary of the separation of church and state in the once largely Roman Catholic country.

"The principle of secularism, to which your country is very attached, if it is correctly understood, also belongs to the church's social doctrine," the ailing pope wrote in a lengthy letter to France's Catholic bishops dated on Friday. "It is a reminder of the necessity of a just separation of powers."

France has strictly separated the church from the state for the last 100 years to prevent discrimination and the bloody religious wars of prior centuries. The government has vigilantly kept religious symbols out of public institutions such as state schools.

Almost 40 years of religious wars resulting in the destruction of thousands of innocent lives makes a good case for secularism. The Pope may be old and sick but he's not stupid.

3 Comments:

First time here, interesting blog.Also first comment for this post.
2/13/2005 02:40:00 pm  
even the Pope gets it
2/13/2005 02:43:00 pm  
Hi Thinker and welcome. I hope you visit again and toss a thought out or two. :)

Angie, the Pope can't deny the mass murders committed in the name of God by the church.
I'm just as sure he realizes what the fruit of a theocracy would be...religious war of course.
2/13/2005 03:02:00 pm  

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