Saturday, June 03, 2006

Benedict: Shameful And Out of Touch

The more Pope Benedict opens his mouth, the more he demonstrates just how out of touch the Vatican is with twenty-first century spiritual realities.

He knows a lot about Church politics, that I grant.

He knows about all the ponderous writings by Church clerics that reinforce his rusted, unhelpful world view.

But does he know about the discoveries physicists have made that prove we are in an energy Universe?

Can he explain how there is really is no reason for science and religion to quarrel because science is giving us a framework in which we can understand how God exists and manifests our thoughts?

Is he telling us that we really are all part of one being - God - and what we do to others - including persecute gays - we do to ourselves? [All these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. I Corinthians 12:11]


Instead, he reinforces fifteenth century ignorance in a twenty-first century world.

As a result of his ignorance and pre-science views, he's continuing to create the same old problems rather than helping us solve them.

For instance, he just chastised Canadians for not having more children. He said it is because they are "too secular."

Excuse me?

Canadians have fewer children because they have an aversion to poverty.

Canadians know that too many children plus not enough money to raise them equals misery and degradation and illness.

Now most of us probably think that living in poverty is a problem and should be avoided.

But to the Pope (and a few new non-Catholic extremists) not having as many children as you possibly can is the problem. In fact, it's a sin.

Think about that: being irresponsible isn't a sin, being responsible is the sin.

The logic is so twisted it is stunning.

The only conclusion any sane person can reach is that those in Rome must love poverty.

Of course they only love it when others are living in it, for they only encourage others to live in poverty. Certainly the high priests in Rome live like kings in that palace they call the Vatican.

I'm sorry, but like "religious" people who call for enemies of their religion to be killed, the Pope and his red-caped cabal are the ultimate hypocrites. They encourage indiscrimate breeding while they, themselves, never get married and never have children.

It makes sense, though. Think how children would cramp their lifestyle.

I suspect it is in order to AVOID pregnancies and AVOID having children that we've seen that priests' sexual practices tend to be homosexual in nature.

I admit I am taking an angry and unforgiving tone, for I think it is the height of irresponsibility for the Pope to condemn contraception and safe sexual practices that, if used, could protect people from poverty and deadly sexually transmitted diseases.

I am angry because this is a hypocritical double standard.

Church pedophiles always pick on boys, not girls. Girls as young as ten have, after all, have gotten pregnant.

By involving themselves only with men or boys they do not need to worry about getting anyone pregnant.

Yet Benedict insists on creating poverty for others through condemning contraception.

Benedict, the nearly one billion people who are starving to death on planet earth must make you very happy. The billions living below the poverty line must make your papal heart beat with joy. Imagine knowing that you are continuing the fine tradition of luring so many people to poverty through Christ.

Let's get one thing straight: God is real. But God is love, not punishment. And God is truth, not hypocrisy. God is "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

If you sincerely want others to plunge you into poverty, well, then I guess it's okay to do the same back. But the Pope hasn't worked all his life to live in the luxury of the Vatican to be a materially impoverished man.

God clearly tells us he can only do for us what He can do through us.

That means we are expected to use our God-given brains and use the gift he gave us through science - contraception - to eliminate poverty.

Yet Pope Benedict admonishes us for not having more children even as the world's population keeps doubling. This increase cannot continue indefinitely.

If you put two fruit flies in a bottle and close it, they will multiply happily until the day the entire population drowns in its own waste.

Likewise, at some point having a child will become a crime against all humanity because the earth is just a bigger bottle. But religious leaders, such as the Pope, seem blind to the obvious even as overpopulation, and the pollution caused by it, results in cancer, global warming and defilement of the earth.

Pope Benedict is doing the world a tremendous disservice with his double standards. He should be urging us all to concentrate on loving the people who are here, not making more.

Frankly, if Jesus Christ came to earth today, he would shake his head at these bogus teachings that urge collective irresponsibility.

Maybe that collective irresponsibility is the reason he hasn't been back.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Matthew 23:27

My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. Matthew 23:27

They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Matthew 15:14


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