How is this possible?
Today, on my day off, I was mucking about at home with the telly on in the background, like a proper Azeri. We like having our tellies on, even if we are not watching them.
And of course, the Pope is here. And of course, his arrival took over the news. It is like this country has nothing better to talk about. Great, they thought, we have some old man to fill the airtime! For hours, the BBC covered his visits to the catholic schools in London.
Of course, I have questions! How can I not?
Let me ask you. If there was some other- any other!- person who knew his friends were raping small boys, but never reported the fact to the police... (He might have thought those friends could be cured through counselling or heavy praying.) What do you think would happen to this guy when the police found out he knew?
The man is an accessory after the fact- however you look at it. The guy helped to conceal what some of his colleagues did, worrying more about the reputation of the organization than about the abused children.
What kind of the God representative (isn't it what he claims to be?) thinks it is OK to do so? Is there, can there be any excuse for this?
That really is my question.
But, I also wanted to ask a very happy looking black woman singing a beautiful song for the Pope: Have you not heard what one of the Pope’s cardinals said? That landing in London felt like landing in some third-world country? You do realize that he is referring to the multi-cultural, multi-racial face of the city, right? Do you honestly not think the guy was being openly racist? How can you be happy to stand there and sing enthusiastically to the man who thinks condoms do not help AIDS but make the problem worse? How can you sing a song to a man who would deny you an abortion even if you were brutally raped?
We have an Italian guy at work, our admin assistant.
'Tell me', I asked the other day, 'Are you Catholic?'
'What do you think?' He said, laughing. He always laughs at whatever I say. Must be my accent.
'Well', I said 'I don’t want to assume anything. Yes, you might be from Italy, but I am from Azerbaijan. Majority of Azeries are Muslims, but I am not. So I am asking you a simple question. Are you or are you not?'
'Why?' he wanted to know.
'Well..' I said, pointing to an article in Metro on my desk 'I just wanted to know how it made you feel reading about it all in the news? Do you feel upset by it all?'
'You know', he replied 'I have more important things in life to worry about than the Pope!'
Fair enough, I thought. I just wanted to know-
How is this even possible? All of it, really.
The admin assistant just shrugged his shoulders and went back to work.
I won’t be attending the Protest the Pope marches. I am not a marching type. But I am glad some people are.