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Has Pope Benedict XVI *ever* had a good week?
(via Atheist Cartoons)
What I’m most sincerely bothered by is the fact that if this were a secular leader, he’d probably be deposed.
Why is it that when The Pope says these things, he’s enforcing his religion but when hoi-paloi say these things they’re assholes?
So far, I’ve survived six popes. Never have I seen one spend so much time with his foot in his mouth as the current one. He should have chosen the name “Pope Gaffe the Insensitive.”
Because the Pope is just speaking for God the Asshole. It’s his thing, you see.
That’s the oddest factor about the veneration of religion. You can spew to most ridiculous offensive rhetoric if you say you sincerely believe God wants you to believe it, while even relatively banal utterances outside the realm of religious faith result in pillory and ridicule.
Which bothers me further, because the asshole one was supposed to be the one that MY parents had me learn about. JEWS got the one who was the vengeful, abusive father who fucked around with us and made our lives miserable for sport.
The way Christianity was always sold to me by my significantly more religious (i.e. at all) friends was that Jesus was supposed to be all “Shh, I won’t tell daddy…just listen to me and I’ll take care of you.”
I figured Jesus was the softy, God was the hard-liner, and the Holy Ghost…well, I never quite figured that one out.
Do you think that he’s only started saying these things since he was elected Pope? Do you think the College of Cardinals was unaware of his opinions on these issues prior to his elevation? I think they were well aware and that we can judge, at least to some extent, the entire College of Cardinals by the Pope’s utterances. This is not a case of one crazy loon who merely holds a symbolic figurehead position. His comments represent opinions prevalent in the entire leadership of the Catholic church.
Anyone interested in going beyond the headlines and cartoons on these recent events might want to check out the following links:
1) Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church concerning the remission of the excommunication of the four Bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre
2) Harvard Researcher agrees with Pope on condoms in Africa
For a full article from Dr. Edward Green, on condoms & AIDS in Africa (rather than the edited interview I linked to above):
AIDS and the Churches: Getting the Story Right by Dr. Edward Green, Senior Harvard Research Scientist for AIDS Prevention, and Allison Herling Ruark
Whether or not the premise of not handing condoms in Africa is well-founded, (which I am still not entirely convinced about) when you make it a religious argument, it immediately loses all credibility when in the face of things like sociological and anthropological evidence.
Indeed, if the Pope wants to come out and say, according to a recent AIDS Prevention study, “etc etc etc.” I don’t think this is a good idea. This would be a valid point made by anyone. If he tried to use his clout as the most powerful man in the Catholic Church to actually institute a new policy in conjunction with the other nations who are trying to help, that would be absolutely spiffing and I’d wager I’d support that.
But to stand around and just say “This is a terrible idea” and then sit back down on the holy stool is even worse than doing nothing at all. He’s removing the credibility from the people who actually care and who are TRYING to help.
When the Pope wants to roll up his proverbial sleeves and actually provide valid, constructive input, then he is welcome to. Until then, he gets to shut the fuck up.
Man, these cartoons are terrible. Reminds me of that conservative duck. What was it? Mallard Fillmore?
That’s changing, thankfully. There have always been people who have rolled their eyes at the notion of the Pope being inherently a man of God, but now a lot more are speaking up and calling him out. And the fact that this pope isn’t nearly as popular as the previous one certainly isn’t helping him hide his bias behind his funny hat.