GENEVA (AP) — Sepp Blatter, who weathered corruption allegations to
remain the most powerful man in world soccer, is taking on a new opponent that
he may find more difficult to defeat — the Roman Catholic Church.
The twice-divorced FIFA fresident is furious that his new wife, Graziella,
is being treated as a sinner for marrying him, even though she has never been
Blatter has written to his local bishop urging him to intercede with the Pope
on behalf of divorced Catholics who want to remarry “because they believe
in the miracle of love.”
Blatter, 67, married Graziella, 40 a former dolphin trainer, in a civil ceremony
on Dec. 23. He told the Lausanne daily Le Matin on Thursday that he is not
seeking a church ceremony but is trying to protect his wife, who converted
from Protestantism before their marriage.
“I am defending my wife against hypocrisy and injustice,” Blatter told the
“What did the Lord say to those who wanted to stone Mary Magdalene? Let he
who is without sin cast the first stone.”
That’s an easy question. The answer is Jesus said nothing since
Mary Magdalene was not the woman caught in adultery. And to the women that
in adultery he said "go and sin no more" not "keep on and believe in the miracle
of love." No matter what group it is that want’s to go against Church teaching
on sexuality they always appeal to love. I presume he also "loved" his previous
two wives and that this guy seems to have the miracle of love striking
over and over in his life. When looking for an appropriate Bible quotation
I am not surprised that he didn’t choose "Every one who divorces his wife
and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from
her husband commits adultery."
Perhaps the reason, Blatter didn’t choose the adultery verse is because he takes the approach to reading his Bible that’s mentioned in this old joke:
A man noticed his pastor highlighting passages in his Bible. “Oh,” he said, “I see you read the Bible the way I do.” Looking up from his work, his pastor answered, “How is that?” The man replied, “Whenever I come across a passage I don’t agree with, I cross it out!”
As for Mary Magdalene: From what I understand, it’s not known conclusively whether or not she was the woman caught in adultery. She’s been linked with that woman and with the woman who had seven demons exorcised. We simply don’t know. So, it’s not farfetched to say that she might have been the adulterous woman. (But Blatter shouldn’t have positively identified her as Mary Magdalene either.)
The old Miracle of Love thing. What makes me think that this guy still doesn’t have a good idea of what marriage is about?
Patty – to add – this guy doesn’t have a clue about miracles either.