Sunday, September 10, 2006

Benedict XVI finds fault with Canada's morals

According to an article on the Pope is none too happy with Canada’s laws or their ‘tolerance’:

Pope Benedict XVI hit out Friday at Canada's laws allowing same-sex marriage and abortion, saying they result from Catholic politicians ignoring the values of their religion.

"In the name of 'tolerance' your country has had to endure the folly of the redefinition of spouse, and in the name of 'freedom of choice' it is confronted with the daily destruction of unborn children," the pope told a group of bishops visiting the Vatican from Ontario.

The article goes on to say:

Such laws, he said, are the result of "the exclusion of God from the public sphere." He lamented that Catholic politicians yielded to "ephemeral social trends and the spurious demands of opinion polls."

Benedict has made the defense of traditional family values a major goal of his papacy, speaking out often on the issue. During a trip to Spain in July, he challenged that country's Socialist government for instituting liberal reforms such as same-sex marriage and fast-track divorce.

Wow! Where does one begin with this??

This Pope is unhappy with same-sex marriage, tolerance, and Catholic politicians who ignore the ‘values of their religion’.

Really?? No kidding??

Does anyone know if he was saying this with a straight face? I mean no disrespect, but where the HELL does this Pope get off talking about ignoring the values of the Catholic religion and tolerating behavior that hurts the family? Has he had a conversation with the thousands of families left picking up the pieces after learning their beloved children had been abused by pedophile priests? He certainly has plenty of victims from which to choose since it went on for decades. And how does he think these families felt when they learned that not only were their children raped and molested, but the very people to whom they entrusted their children were also the very same people who tolerated, protected, and enabled the abusers. Yes, that’s right --- the Catholic hierarchy (in which this Pope was a proud and pious member) tolerated, protected, and enabled pedophile priests to destroy on a daily basis thousands of families --- for decades.

And now this Pope feels he has enough moral authority to get on his high-horse and tell Canadians how unhappy he is with them because they have laws which recognize 2 consenting adults’ commitment to each other? Wow! Oh and wait, the Pope is not done being unhappy. Furthermore, he wants Canadians to know that he is unhappy that they tolerate said 2 consenting adults who want to have their commitment legally recognized. (Is it me, or is the hypocrisy mind-numbing?)

Well no offense to the Pope, but he does not have a “red Prada-loafered leg to stand on when it comes to talking about ‘defending the family’. I honestly cannot believe he’d have the guts to say this without at least pinching himself really really hard so he doesn’t break out into a nervous cackle or a drenching sweat under his dazzling new vestments with shimmering, sequinlike details. No wonder he wears those Gucci shades to cover the windows to his soul.

And though I’d expect the Catholic Church’s unhappiness with the ‘destruction of unborn children’, what was he doing all those decades when very real destruction to already born children was taking place on his watch? What does he have to say about the Catholic Church’s (and his) tolerance of that??? Who was ignoring the ‘values of their religion’ when these kids were being raped and molested and their attackers were not only allowed to do it without fear of being caught, but were actually protected from discovery and prosecution for years. This Pope talks about ‘exclusion of God from the public sphere’; well I’d say this is definitely exclusion of God from the private sphere ---- the Catholic empire sphere.

Where does this Pope get off lecturing anyone about tolerance? He and his peers tolerated heinous, destructive, sinful, and very un-God like behavior for years against the most innocent and the most vulnerable of their flock. For him to come out with this mock tsk-tsking of 2 consenting adults’ love and desire to commit to each other just fries me. And for him to conflate that love and commitment to destruction of the family --- how dare him! I know there are plenty of families that can set him straight on what real destruction of the family is.

And maybe, just maybe if he and his Catholic Church had ‘yielded to ephemeral social trends and the spurious demands of opinion polls’ like Canadian politicians do, there would never have been thousands of wounded former Catholics walking around today shaking their heads, and wondering what gives him the right to tell anyone what helps or hurts the family. Share

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