Prayer request for Osama bin Laden at Catholic Church in West Palm Beach? This is not enlightenment. This is debasement. This is not civilized. This is barbaric. This is not goodness. This is evil. This is not forgiveness. This is craven stupidity.
The soul of the world is infected and the infection is raging.
I've seen the future, brother
it is murder.
Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
has crossed the threshold
and it has overturned
the order of the soul
Leonard Cohen, The Future
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The name of Osama bin Laden appears in the Holy Name of Jesus Sunday bulletin. There's a cross next to it.
A parishioner made a prayer request for the mastermind behind the 9/11 attack on America.
A church secretary took the Mass intention a week ago. She admitted she thought it was a joke at first. But few are laughing.
"I think it's totally wrong, he doesn't belong in the Catholic religion. For what he did to Americans, he doesn't belong anywhere," says Lois Pizzano, a Catholic Church member. "It's unconscionable, it's sacrilegious," said Pizzano.
Father Gavin Badway admits many in his congregation are unhappy. But he says the church has never turned down a prayer request before. He says making the right decision isn't always easy.
"Their hearts are troubled because they're thinking emotionally about what he has done and he has done a lot of evil. Nevertheless, Jesus tells us, love and forgive," says Father Badway, who is the church pastor.
There are some Christians supporting Father Badway's decision to honor the request and pray for bin Laden's soul.
"I can see why they'd want to do that since the Bible does say to love your enemy and pray for those who hate you," says Aaron Wormus. (hat tip Karl S)