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Yet another papal gaffe
Although I was brought up as a Catholic, I lapsed many, many years ago (ironically enough not that long after a school trip to Rome, which included mass in St Peters during a visit to the Vatican). It is tempting to view the views of Pope Benedict 16th as essentially irrelevant in the modern world. Unfortunately not.


As the head of the Catholic church (which includes hundreds of millions of people worldwide) his opinions are of political as well as religious significance. The latter is of no interest to me. I am somewhat dismayed to hear about the latest diatribe against people that do not fit neatly into the gender specific pigeonholes allegedly dictated by ‘nature’. This is most unhelpful, and gives credence to bigoted, intolerant attitudes that will make Christie’s campaigning work all the more onerous.

I am stating the obvious here, but I don’t see anything untoward about the ‘blurring of gender’, and the ‘nature’ argument is entirely facile. It’s not compulsory to have children (I don’t, and I don’t intend to either). On that basis one could argue that being celibate (as catholic priests are supposed to be) is unnatural, as this would be opting out of the edict to ‘go forth and multiply’.

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Oh Pope, what will you come out against next? I'm a practicing Catholic, though I subscribe to a number of views that, should the pontiff know of them, would likely have me excommunicated (equality for gays and transsexuals, pro-choice, in favor of female clergy, etc.). About the last thing I heard him say that wasn't completely archaic was when he came out in favor of evolution and how the teaching of such is not incompatible with religioug thought, which I very much believe. In my own practice, I do my best to focus on tolerance, kindness, helping the poor and the disenfanchised, you know, the stuff that Jesus actually talked about? Yeah, that stuff. I try to steer away from the dogma and keep those sentiments in mind.

And good Lord, I'm willing to wager that destroying the environment will have more obvious consequences on our lives than gay people marrying or equal rights for transsexuals, but that may just be my kooky moonbat beliefs.

Somehow I don't think it will be too long before he puts his foot in it again.

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