Thursday, September 02, 2004

Pope: Beware of Idols of Power, Wealth and Fame

From Zenit News Agency - The World Seen From Rome:

"John Paul II said that the idols of power, wealth and fame end up depriving man of his dignity.

'Idolatry is a temptation of all of humanity in all lands and at all times,' the Holy Father said on Wednesday during the general audience held at the Vatican.

The Pope commented on Psalm 115, 'Hymn to the True God.'

'The idol is an inanimate thing, born from the hands of men, cold statue, deprived of life,' he explained.

In fact, the psalm commented on by the Pope describes the idol ironically 'in its seven totally useless members: silent mouth, blind eyes, deaf ears, nose that does not smell, inert hands, paralyzed feet and throat that does not make a sound.' "