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Alright, first of I'm against organized religion. Before I get people freaking out on me, let me say I'm not against the people involved in them that practice what they preach. My problem is how organized religion gets politicized and is used to judge and discourage other organized religions.
So why the pope and what's my problem? Well, I'll cut to the chase on that. Has anyone here ever wondered why he drives around in a bullet proof bubble or why you can have fun trying to get anywhere near him? His Holiness the Dalai Lama is more controversial than the pope could ever be, yet you could walk right up to him and give him a great big hug. Do that to the pope and you're in trouble.
Back to the bubble...if the Pope's so secure in his beliefs (he's going to Heaven, will be forgiven, etc.) then why a bullet proof 'bubble'? Why is he taking such drastic measures to avoid death?Something tells me he's not so sure of a few things.
Have you ever asked yourself whether the president of any given country wants all the security he is subjected to wherever he goes. even to take a leak? He has no choice as the country stability depends on its leader standing tall instead of getting shot down every year by a loser who wakes up in the morning and decides to die in style. if you check your records Vactican City is a country all by itself with its own flag and GDP. and the leader of that country surprise surprise ITS the POPE himself. He may be a brave man but what about the people around him? have you considered the mayhem if they see their leader get shot down? Every day the POPE gets dead-threats from almost every country against Roman Catholics. its only right the people who loves him would want to protect him whether he likes it or not. this has nothing to do with organizations here. its just plain love. What would you do if your mum gets dead theats and you have trained men and weapons at your disposal? will you tell her nevermind mum if anyone want to kill you let them go ahead its alright. you will go to heaven. if you say yes then you are a pyscho. i will use my men and the weapons and equipments i have to protect her at all cost whether she likes it or not.
Wrong, this is simplistic.
Distribution of executive doctrinal power is centralized, and the top authority that makes the final calls within that centralized distribution of power (which includes other officials of the Roman Catholic Church), is the Pope.
With the dalai llama it is not that way, there is not a similar conglomeration of doctrinal power that has the Dalai llama as the Head of things.
So if the llama died there would be no threat to buddhism as a structure, whereas if the Pope died there would definitely be a threat to Roman Catholicism's doctrinal power structure.
Of course they could just elect a new Pope, but the expectancy of Pope's and the amount of faith people place in the in the name of their "God" also has to do with doctrinal power and authority.
For instance, if someone shot the President of any country their would be a political crisis and as such the President needs protection.
Same goes for the Pope as the doctrinal power he holds is largely political as well.
With the Dalai Lama it is not the same thing as he is not a mere political figurehead and as far as I know does not actively seek political limelights.
I agree with many of the above comments and would add that Christianity teaches that life should be cherished. Exposing oneself to needless risk is foolish and no way for the Pope to express his faith. Just because he believes in the after life doesn't mean that he should hasten his demise. There is no contradiction between trying to keep the crazies from killing him, and a fate that if they do get him, his soul will survive.
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