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"Satan's smoke has made its way into the temple of God through some crack." -- Pope Paul VI, 1972
So what’s happening in this clip?
The bishops are in a receiving line. Following protocol, the Pope is introducing them to German President Christian Wulff. The Pope, trailing slightly behind Wulff, has his right hand is extended—not toward the bishop in front of him, but toward the one in front of the German leader. It is a gesture of introduction, not an attempted handshake. Notice that when a bishop does seize the Pope’s hand, the Holy Father appears somewhat distracted; he is already introducing the next bishop in the line.
If you watch the video without preconceptions, you will see no tension, no hostility in the body language of those involved. Whether or not the bishops take his hand, Pope Benedict shows no reaction. He looks tired and distracted but definitely not surprised or offended.
This is a diplomatic ritual, in which the bishops are greeting Wulff, not the Pope. When you host a party, and you introduce one friend to another, you expect the two to shake hands, but you don’t expect them to shake your hand again as well. That’s roughly what’s happening here.
Originally posted by FortAnthem
They shouldn't be working to canonize JP II, they should be pissing on his unholy grave IMO.
edit on 10/30/11 by FortAnthem because:
Originally posted by Racey
Edit: Also I watched the video again, and if you notice at the end of the procesion after the german president is done shaking hands, the Pope leaves with him. He doesn't finish the line himself. So if his initial intentions were to get handshakes himself he would have finished the line.edit on 10/30/2011 by Racey because: Saw something