Why I am running for the “office” of
Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
One reason is that, as someone whose business card reads:
“Social Philosopher ... and occasional fool”, it amuses me. It
lets me challenge something that should be challenged, and at the same
time to do it with a healthy sense of humor and an appropriate dose of
whimsy. The Roman Catholic Church already takes itself too
seriously, and as a male and a member of the Church (all the
qualifications to be Pope that I apparently need by the way), my view
is we need to heed Christ when He says: “Lest ye become again as
little children, ye cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
If the Church can’t laugh at itself, it is of no use to
anyone, and the current hierarchical leadership is way too serious
about almost everything.
Now it will be obvious that I am not going to be elected
Pope. Not only is there no real democratic process in the Church,
but I am so far away from being a member of the in-group that runs the
Church, that were someone to seriously propose me for Pope would be
considered madness. Yet, madness is where the “fool” must go, so if you
want to join that, then follow me by reading what is below.
The essential question is “authority”. The
spiritual purpose of having a Pope is having the leadership of the
Catholic Religion be open to some form of spiritual authority - which
authority has to come from an answer to the question of: Who can
speak for God?
Now in order for the Roman Church to survive as a social
institution, during the Fall of the Roman Empire, it believed it needed
a hierarchical organization, because it was otherwise surrounded by
similar organizations (the various aristocrats of blood and sword that
ruled most social forms such as city-states, nations and so forth).
Religious and State “authority” were highly present in
those formative years for the Roman Church, in a mixed form. For
example, a leader of the State often needed to present himself as a
member of the dominant religious impulse of those people he/she wanted
Please note that I am making a distinction between the
Catholic Religion and the Roman Church. Details can be found in
my essay: Saving the Catholic Religion from the Roman Church: through
deepening our understanding of the Third Fatima Prophecy http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/SavingCatholicReligion.html
This spiritual “authority” can be claimed, or it can be
demonstrated. It can be demanded or it can be natural. The
best way to appreciate this distinction is to notice the struggles over
the centuries between the “authority” of the Saints, who founded the
various religious orders within the Church, and the “power" of the
hierarchical leadership. The hierarchical leadership claimed it
possessed the power-like “authority” to speak for God, while the Saints
demonstrated through their religious practices
“by-example authority” to speak for God.
One is an enforced social power, the other a real
spiritual power. The social power demands obedience, and the real
spiritual power naturally gathers followers. The social power
enforces its powers by the withholding of communion and the possibility
of enforcing permanent excommunication. A real spiritual
power leaves the “followers” free to make all their own choices.
Which kind of “authority” did Christ demonstrate?
If you build your house on sand, as the last teaching of
the Sermon on the Mount points out, when troubles come the house fails.
This we are seeing in the present state of the Roman Church.
It is failing, because inwardly it has not engaged enough in
“practice”. The child abuse scandal is just one more example of
what the too political and too earthly Roman Church hierarchy has
fostered: hypocrisy and immorality.
Against this broken “standard” lives what happens among
the Laity - what is called by the Catholic Religion: the Body of
Christ. The Laity does not claim “authority”, - in fact as best
as it can its tries to be faithful to what it understands is the truth,
as the Laity has learned from the Gospels. Nor does the Laity
present itself to the world as perfect or rightfully authoritative.
It is rather simply human, and often forgiving of human
It is the Laity that is ready for women to be priests.
It is the Laity that is ready to abandon (and already has) the
absurd rules against birth control. It is the Laity that while
opposing abortion knows better than to kill to enforce their answer to
this moral dilemma. It is the Laity that suffered from the abuse
scandal. It is the Laity that best today demonstrates simple
Christian virtues. It is the Laity that struggles to accept
homosexuality. It is the Laity that is modern, and ready to move
on from a no longer useful past.
Now I am not so much running for Pope, as already being
the next true Pope. I am declaring victory and moving on, such
that even before being selected I am resigning. This next is
my last few words of this teaching during my amazingly foolish and
instantaneously short reign as Pope.
Not only should the Pope be selected by the Laity,
instead of the now clearly dysfunctional hierarchy, but so should the
priests. Right down at the basic level of the practice of the
Catholic Religion, the Laity should determine who is to serve in the
role of Priest. The Catholic Religion needs to be in world-wide
rebellion against the Roman Church, for only in the Religion and among
the Laity (the Body of Christ) does God anymore speak.
First elect the Priests, then elect the higher officials.
Change the Church from the bottom up using the spiritual -
religious - authority of the Laity. Don’t wait for reformation
from the top down. That’s not where the Holy Mother works, ...
She works from the bottom (the social commons) up.
God speaks now from the Periphery, not from any organized
Centers. The Center has no more “authority”, having
squandered it for Centuries in the seeking after earthly power.
This has always been actually true, it just has taken until
the Third Millennium for the Body of Christ to be ready to assume this
“authority”. Before that they were not ready, and the tensions
between the Roman Church and the lives of the Saints were a necessary
social stand-in for what was the slow incarnation of Christ’s true
teachings into humanity in general.
happened through It [the Word], and not one thing that has
happened, happened without It” Prologue
to the Gospel according to John.
This is literally true, and includes all the “true” facts
so far discovered by natural science [science has a lot of things
wrong, as being a human endeavor it naturally makes all kinds of
mistakes]. All that exists is/was/will-be sourced in the Creator,
whose nature we are still far from understanding. My “authority”
for this is demonstrated in my book: The Art of God: an actual theory of
It [the Word] was Life and the Life was the Light of the World” Look outside. The “Light” is the Word.
Everything is the Word. You are the Word. Every
thought you think is of the Word. As the Beatles taught: “All you
need is Love.”; and, the Word certainly is Love.
What would Love exclude? Nothing and no one. There
are, for Love, no one who is better or more perfect. For Love we
are all just humans, and equally Loved, including the fallen
hierarchical “leaders” of the Roman Church. Join the Mother,
working out of and through the Laity, the Body of Christ, and
thereby rebirth a living Universal inclusive (Catholic) Religion
from within the social commons, where all are Loved and forgiven - no
exceptions at all.