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The Roman Catholic Church claims the choice of each pope is guided by the Holy Spirit, despite some of the popes who were chosen, including one who sold the papacy and the time they had two popes disputing who was the real pope, and when they tried to resolve it, they came out with three people claiming to be pope, and the so-called “Roman” Catholic Church had a pope ruling from Avignon, France for a time.

They claim Peter was the first pope when there’s no secular record of him even having visited Rome, and he was named as the apostle to the Jews, whereas Paul was named the apostle to the Gentiles (Galatians 2:8), and there actually is evidence of Paul having visited Rome and the Church’s teachings are actually Pauline (don’t marry, no divorce, submission to governing authorities), and the books of first and second Peter are among the most dubious in authenticity, with even the early church fathers regarding 2 Peter as the most dubious.

And what a great example he was, in having a wife, despite their ban on married priests, slaves were told to obey their masters even when they are acting unjustly according to 1 Peter 2:18, and he was called Satan by Jesus (Mark 8:33) and denied him three times (Mark 14:29-31), and cut off a Roman’s ear despite Jesus’ teaching of turning the other cheek (John 18:10).

For a broader commentary on Christianity, the Bible and Judaism, see my article, Jason Erb critically analyzes biblical doctrines on Truth Hertz with Charles Giuliani, January 1, 2013.

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On a visit to Rome this month, at the airport:

  • They immediately stamped my Canadian passport, and I could stay for up to 90 days without a tourist visa
  • No questioning
  • They didn’t mention anything about liquids
  • No full body scan
  • Customs declaration appears to work on the honour system

Returning to Canada through the U.S., at JFK airport:

  • Required to take off my shoes
  • Required to separately x-ray my laptop
  • Required to put 100 mL or less of liquids in a plastic re-sealable bag
  • Questioned for a minute about customs and what my intentions were
  • Passport stamped for connecting flight only

This, despite Canada and the U.S. sharing the longest undefended land border in the world, and being parties to NAFTA, the largest trade union in the world as of 2010, and most Canadians being exempt from US-VISIT fingerprinting and photographing procedures, unlike U.S. green card holders.

Indeed, the U.S. was attacked on 9/11 and Italy and Canada weren’t. However, the disparity in security checks for Canadians at the airport in Italy’s largest city versus the United States is vast.

This, despite Italy having been a member of the Iraq War coalition, all three countries with troops in Afghanistan, and Italy’s longest-serving and current Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, having been the most pro-Bush foreign leader aside from UK prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

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