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VATICAN CITY - The sense of impenetrability begins at the Vatican gate just beyond St. Peter's Square.
Swiss Guards wearing the colors of the Medici flank the portals of the thick, cappuccino-colored walls and lift their pikes to allow passage only after receiving orders. Farther inside, a gatekeeper checks his list before giving a reluctant nod for a visitor to enter a 12-foot door reinforced with steel and iron spikes to repel invaders. It swings open to allow a visitor into the inner courtyard of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The Congregation is the theological nerve center of the Vatican and a central arbiter in the handling of priest sex-abuse scandals in the United States and elsewhere.
Inside the fortress-like building, an air of secrecy and monarchical power wafts through elegant, marble halls like a thick plume of incense. A high-level official here began a recent...
Well, when the Vatican gives the "thumbs up" to Harry Potter (with its school of witcraft, etc. in the books and movies) and the Bible condemns it, well??!!? The Vatican has sent the wrong message to billions of people. So yes, I'd say the Vatican has too much of a hand especially when it can't discern what is wholesome or dangerous for Christians.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness (2Thes.2:7-12).