Polling Opinions of the Pope

I just can’t get the ABC News Survey that I participated in on Thursday.  It seems to keep haunting me.  It’s like Nightmare on Elm Street (Jason keeps returning and returning).

One of the questions that really baffled me was: “Do you approve of the selection of Pope Benedict XVI?”  Actually, I think they said Ratzinger, I don’t really remember, so I am choosing the more neutral (and perhaps appropriate title).

I responded that I really don’t think that my opinion on that matters.  As a Latter-day Saint, I don’t believe that the Pope was chosen by God.  But I have enough respect for Catholicism to not treat his selection with the commonality of an elected official.

If the Catholics see this man as a chosen leader of God’s People, then my opinion doesn’t really matter.

I wasn’t going to write about the Pope at all.  It was a matter of respect for the Pope and religion.  It just feels to me that, if this man were chosen by God, then what does a person’s opinion matter.  One’s opinion is a simple slap in the face of God.

And I don’t want to a person standing before God, saying, “Yes, sir, I think you were wrong.”

So, when the ABC pollster asked me this question, I simply told him that I refuse to answer the question.  I just hope that my silence on the selection doesn’t have too much of an effect on the poll results.

But respect for religion is more important than making sure my opinion about such religions is represented in some biased poll any way.


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