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The pope's trip to Mexico

Pope Benedict in Mexico
Pope Benedict in Mexico
Pope Benedict XVI waves from the popemobile wearing a Mexican sombrero as he arrives to give a Mass in Bicentennial Park near Silao, Mexico | Photo: Associated Press | Pope Benedict Xvi, Mexico, Religion, Catholic,

Thousands flock to kiss the ring that holds the crown.

Mexico is a country is rich heritage lush vegetation and a history full of legendary emotion. It is a land of exotic beauty and its diversity sparks both fear and imagination. Mexico was once the seat of the mighty Aztec empire. The Aztecs were responsible for the creation of one of the most enchanting cities ever founded, Tenochtitlan or Mexico City. For centuries the Aztecs ruled like human Gods, until the fifteenth century, when Spanish conquistadors savagely arrived bringing with them murder and plague. The Spanish elites of the Colombian era possessed a type of arrogance that gave them the delusion and ambition to take of the the entire world. With the help of the Pope, the Grand Inquisitor, and Small Pox, Spanish Ships raided tons of gold from the Americas and used it to embellish mansions and stash vast hordes of booty in secret and elusive Vatican vaults.

The aim of the Spanish arrival in Mexico was to take from the land its riches, and create a class of servants. The Catholic church and Christianity always preaches about the noble sheep who follows without question. I faithful and pious disciple loves and trusts his shepherd. Once a class system was fostered in Mexico through Christian dogma, the hidalgo, or noble was free to enjoy all the luxury or Mexico.

For centuries, the Catholic church and the inquisitors of the Dominican order, tore through the beautiful land of Mexico terrorizing and torturing native people until they realized their infidel status and converted to Christianity. Some conversions produced divine revelations and great devotion among the new Christians. Other people choose to hide their true beliefs and use the Catholic church and saints to found a new esoteric religion: Santeria, a religion where Catholic saints are used to worship pagan Gods.

All throughout Mexico today you can find Santerianos, or healers who work with ancient African deities under the guise of Catholicism. In fact, much of the idolatry found in modern Mexico can be accredited to the fusion of indigenous religions and the Catholic faith. It is ironic the that Inquisition is responsible for the foundation of certain occult and shamanistic cults of across Mexico.

On Saturday March 24, 2012 the Pope arrived in Mexico and he was greeted with a royal procession. In a country that claims to be over eighty percent Catholic the Pope should have felt quite welcome. Even though the Catholic church has such a tarnished legacy only ending the torture of Inquisition in the nineteenth century; and while the Church finally apologized a century later, the Pope's presence in Mexico still creates a notion of fear. When the Grand Inquisitor comes rolling into town anyone caught running would be punished by death either by being burned alive or disemboweled.

Today in Mexico city there is a museum of the Spanish Inquisition. Do you think that Benedict XVI checked it out, for old time's sake? Chances are he did not, but he must sometimes ponder about the horrible torture that the cross once used to crush individuality across the earth. Still the Catholic psychological dominance remains strong in Mexico, and the Pope is received with devout royal devotion. While nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition; when the Pope comes to town rather than running from the village people flock hoping that they can get a piece of his Popeness. To kiss the royal ring, and pray and plea that El Papa can grant them eternal life or at least put in a good word.

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