Can someone help me out here? I am not Catholic so I totally don't get the ceremonies and things. I don't understand why the Pope is treated like a rock star.
Don't get me wrong. Please. I think he is a great man who is brilliant and spiritual and a leader. But I don't understand why one man is practically worshiped. The national mass is live on Fox News and that is ALL they have played for the last two hours. Why? Do all masses last this long? I guess I should change the channel. :) I don't really need to watch people receiving the Eucharist.
But I'm serious in asking why the cheering, waving, blowing kisses, etc.? There is no one person in the Presbyterian or Nazarene faith (my childhood and current denomination) that registers such treatment. I suppose the closest I can think of would be Billy Graham.
I respect the Catholic faith as a Christian, but I don't understand it. What's with the big hat?
I hope I haven't offended anyone...that is NOT my intent. I listened to his message and he's spot on. It's not the content I'm curious about...it's all the outer trappings of the event.
Having said all that...I'd totally want to go see him speak in person. =)