Red Cardinals v Blue Pope

Red Cardinals v Blue Pope

Gay Francis - the Blue Pope v Red CardinalsIs the Catholic Church at risk of a Red Cardinals v Blue Pope showdown? Is it succumbing to the wave of global political polarization typified by today’s United States? Maybe.

Traditionalists are upset with progressive Pope Francis, who now faces a conservative backlash from Cardinals who believe he has gone too far, too fast. This certainly calls to mind the current political situation in the United States. Here we see a large, conservative religious population engaging in political warfare against a liberal secular society growing in power and prominence. In their view, religion is being forced to the sidelines of public life, in favor of a morality with which they have little in common.

The Catholic Church is one institution that has been resistant to the secularization of society. Is the tide becoming too powerful. Is a pending Red Cardinals v Blue Pope showdown the beginning of the end of Papal authority?

What is the answer to the conundrum of polarization? How can we, in the post-modern democratic world, integrate the interests of spiritual and secular folks alike? Can we bridge the gap between religion and science? Can we strike a balance between religious freedom and freedom from religion?

Science and ReligionReaders of this blog understand my goal in addressing such topics and raising such questions. It is to reach across the divides that separate us, to build bridges that can move us forward together. We must pursue elevated discussion between those with divergent viewpoints.

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  1. Additional info on Biblical Meaning of blue
    Moses, Aaron, two of Aaron’s sons, and the seventy elders of Israel went up Mount Sinai to worship God before he gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments in stone (Exodus 24). The Bible states they not only saw God but also noticed that under his feet was some sort of pavement made of Sapphires.

    And they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the heavens in clearness (Exodus 24:10, HBFV).

    Sapphires, one of the many gemstrones mentioned in Scripture, is referenced nine times in God’s word. The gem reflects a beautiful sky color.

    Sapphires are also found on the ‘breastplate of judgment’ sometimes worn by the High Priest (Exodus 28:18). This blue gem was one of several that God personally placed as ornamentation on Lucifer when he created him (Ezekiel 28:13). This stone, according to the Bible, will soon be used to decorate one of the twelve foundations God will create for the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:19).

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