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The Papal Conclave is over. The new Pope is $B!H(BFrancisco I$B!I(B. In San Francisco USA, WBC, World Baseball Classic, was held. The Japanese baseball team was playing the semi final. Therefore there were so many $B!H(BSan Francisco$B!I(Bs and $B!H(BFrancisco$B!I(Bs in Japanese TVs and news papers. In a way, both $B!H(BFrancisco$B!I(Bs were originated from San Francisco of Assisi but it was a rather casual coincidence. Would the City of San Francisco send greetings to the new Pope?
This Conclave had been spiced with some sexual scandals; molestations or sexual abuses. Most Japanese Buddhism priests are married so they have less risk to commit such crimes. The Protestant pastors are also usually married. For us Japanese, it isn$B!G(Bt easy to see the difference between Catholics and Protestants. Fathers and priests have no wives so they are catholic and pastors are married so they are protestant. It might be the best and simplest definition for us.
The standard structure of world religions are; Gods / Go-betweens / Plain people.
The go-betweens have to be declared and understood by the plain people. Therefore they live and ware oddly. The houses of God are often gigantic. Adult men or women without sex life are conspicuous enough.
Today we live in the world of Inter Net. Information reaches all the corners of the world instantly. But still there are many different religions. Under the time of Stalin and Mao Tse-tung, the religious buildings were converted to museums. But as soon as the regimes got softer, religions recovered their vitality. Not by the hard job and efforts of churches but by the strong will and need of the people. Many of us, could be the majority of us, need to spend a short time with ones own God.
Each one of us believes to have ones own superb God. A group of believers are so sure that they are absolutely superior to the other groups. In many nations, to become the president, the judge and the general, there is an established ritual to swear by God. This situation is making our world uncomfortable and dangerous.
OH MY GOD. NOT YOURS.