I am normally pretty tolerant of folks and their foibles, but I really don’t have much time for organized religion. (Someone may add here, 'you? tolerant? haha')
The old Pole in Rome has died. I shan’t shed a tear. Homosexuality is an ‘objective disorder’, he said. ‘If it is not a sin, it is evil’. The ‘tendency is ordered toward intrinsic moral evil’.
‘When rights of homosexuals are protected, family and society are threatened.’
‘Homosexuality threatens the lives and well being of a large number of people.’
While I have little time for homosexual marriage, he said ‘it is a new ideology of evil.’
'You were christened catholic? You were brought up as a catholic? You have the catholic faith? Out arms are out to you. Oh, you are gay, sorry, you are not welcome. Go away now please and don’t come back to our church. We are busy with cute young kiddies anyway.'
You don’t have to go back to the Spanish Inquisition. Just early to mid last century, the catholic church supported the brutal torturer General Franco in Spain. Late last century it has supported right wing terror militia groups in South and Central America against democratically elected governments and also didn’t it support Cheuchesku?, that madman in Albania?
It won’t allow decent contraception to be used. No surprise there that they want the population explosions in third world countries that have a strong catholic faith. The catholic church may not have much credence in some places, but it sure has some numbers among the poor and poorly educated.
You may think that it would like to keep it’s numbers high by suggesting that it would be wise to use condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS. Nup. And millions suffer and die. But the church’s brainwashing is so good, no doubt the victims think they are going somewhere better.
In my own hometown of Melbourne, how many acres of slums did the church own? How many poor people did they evict and turn onto the street when times got tough.
While a pregnant woman is tearing her heart over deciding about an abortion, does the church support her? Nup.
I am sorry for you decent and honourable catholics and people of the church who have a strong faith and are good people. Many things have been done or said that you may not agree with, but sorry, you are misguided to stick with such archaism.
I am very dry eyed about his death, hate all the media nonsense about it and I hope his successor will be somewhat more enlightened and bring the catholic church into the 21st century.