A few days ago I got an email from a friend of mine wanting me to check out an article he had found online. The article told of the pope giving a speech in which he recanted many of the traditional Roman Catholic Church’s teachings. You can read the article here.
I was surprised by the article and off the bat had a hunch it wasn’t real for a few reasons:
- If true this would be the top news story of recent months, if not all of 2013/14 (depending on how it would be dated).
- No major news source had covered the supposed “Third Vatican Council.”
- The pope said things that were in direct contradiction to not only the Bible, but teachings long held by the Roman Catholic Church.
Time to vet
After reading the article my friend sent me, I did some googling and eventually found my way back to the website on which the post was published.
The original content on this blog is largely satirical.
The blogger writes for his own amusement. Read it for yourself here.
So much goes through our facebook and twitter feeds it can be hard to sort through fact and fiction. This instance teaches us to check our facts before posting something of this magnitude. The internet can be a tool for good or bad and if we are not careful, any of us can be duped.