secret to long lasting institutions

The vatican is pretty light on it’s foot when it comes to dancing with the winning social trends in the long run. Small wonder that it has survived as an institution intact for so long, 16 centuries in fact. Take that you current day multinational behemoths like Walmart, GE, and the likes. Even institutions like the the venerable constitution of the United States pale in historical comparison. Another close one, albeit with many changes, is the Magna Carta, with eight centuries under it’s belt.

There’s some secret to the papal legacy that needs spreading around. Maybe it’ll make for someone’s PhD thesis, or even another book or two.

here’s the blurb

BELIEVING that God created the universe in six days is a form of superstitious paganism, the Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno claimed yesterday.

Brother Consolmagno, who works in a Vatican observatory in Arizona and as curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Italy, said a “destructive myth” had developed in modern society that religion and science were competing ideologies.
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more at
http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=674042006

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