Gosh, I wonder…..

In comments at the Vatican that are likely to provoke a furious reaction from homosexual groups, Benedict also warned that blurring the distinction between male and female could lead to the "self-destruction" of the human race.

In his address to the Curia, the Vatican\’s central administration, he described behaviour beyond traditional heterosexual relations as "a destruction of God\’s work" and said that the Roman Catholic Church had a duty to "protect man from the destruction of himself".

It is not "outmoded metaphysics" to urge respect for the "nature of the human being as man and woman," he added.

"The tropical forests do deserve our protection. But man, as a creature, does not deserve any less."

The Catholic Church teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are. It opposes gay marriage and, in October, a leading Vatican official described homosexuality as "a deviation, an irregularity, a wound".

So, will those who applauded the Pontiff\’s sideswipes at capitalism and free market economics also applaud his latest strictures?

That I think he\’s wrong on both counts does at least make me consistent…..

6 comments on “Gosh, I wonder…..

  1. @LBS

    Not any of those, but as a generic term it suffices as well as being non-discriminatory toward all Deities.

  2. the BBC found a secret document written in 1962 that set out a procedure for dealing with child sexual abuse within the Church. It made the child victim, the priest and any witness swear an oath of secrecy, which smacks a little bit of attempting a cover-up.

    British Catholic bishops slammed the BBC when the documentary was aired saying that it should be “ashamed of the standard of the journalism used to create this unwarranted attack on Pope Benedict”. It seems that Mr Benedict was involved in policing the policy when he was in charge of the Inquisition and it was not changed to, as the policy is still secret.

    In the US the church is having to flog buildings to pay for out of court settlements with sexual abuse victims.

  3. Why do you not criticise the Catholic Church for its authoritarian stance. It is not content to merely write rules for its followers, but insists on trying to get laws passed that conform to its viewpoint. It itself admits that its job is to “protect man from the destruction of himself”- hardly a libertarian sentiment.

    And its opposition to gay marriage being recognised by other religious organisations, is profoundly illiberal.

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