Zombie Pope!

Zombie Pope!

Yet another shot from the 2012 Philly Zombie Crawl.

According to the dogma of the Catholic Church, the Pope is infallible, as is the Church itself. Of course, as is the case with most dogma, there are layers and nuances; It is generally understood that the Pope is infallible when he decides ex cathedra about what will be accepted as formal beliefs in the Church. In fact, during an address in 2005, Pope Benedict stated that: "The Pope is not an oracle; he is infallible in very rare situations, as we know", and yet, no complete list of papal statements considered to be infallible has ever been issued by the Church. Pretty circular isn't it?

Throughout the Easter weekend, The History Channel ran a series of specials about Easter and the Catholic Church, including one titled Secret Access: The Vatican. Given some of the Church's actions in history, the instances of corruption since its establishment, and certain questionable beliefs, it is amazing that the Church has survived as an institution. To someone who believes in the infallibility of the Pope, this Zombie Pope might seem offensive; But the Catholic way is to "correct him with love... try all suitable ways to bring the other to a correct interpretation so that he may be saved".

In popular culture, the inverted cross has become symbol of anti-religious attitudes and is often associated with Satanism. In Catholicism, it's known as The Cross of St. Peter and is not thought to be Satanic at all.

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