What is wrong with the Catholic church in general, and this Pope in particular?
I know some will say all religion is this hateful. But I don’t buy it. My religion, Greek Orthodox, isn’t exactly good on gay issues, or many progressive issues. Hell, we broke from the Catholics, or they broke from us, 1,000 year ago, and sadly, we still hold many of the same out-dated, sexist views that the Catholics hold. Yet we’re not nearly as publicly hateful as the Catholic church.
And the Jews are decent, policy-wise – at least Reform Judaism – among others faiths.
Yet there’s an aggressive meanness to the Catholic church, and to this Pope, that you also see in evangelicals, Baptists, and Mormons. Who uses their Christmas message to to talk about people they hate? It reminds me of people who, in their online dating profiles, put a long description of what they’re “not” looking for, and what you’d better “not” be like. The anger is palpable, and distasteful. It’s a window into a troubled soul.
I’d always felt that some gay people, when Catholic-bashing, went too far. Now I get it. I also get the Inquisition. Imprisoning Galileo. The stories about Catholic indifference (at best) with the Nazi threat during World War II. And while people can say that it’s irrelevant that the current Pope was a Nazi as a youth, you have to wonder about a religion that isn’t concerned about the fact that it’s picking a former Nazi as its leader. The Vatican could have skipped a round and picked a German next time – a German who wasn’t a Nazi – but they didn’t. It speaks to the arrogance and the moral indifference.
And then there’s the serial rape of children. The lack of any desire to put a stop to it. And the active effort to cover it up, even to this day. Who would side with pedophiles over the children they rape? The same kind of person who would make Christmas about hate.
Pope Benedict on Friday signaled the Vatican was ready to forge alliances with other religions against gay marriage, saying the family was threatened “to its foundations” by attempts to change its “true structure”.
The pope’s latest denunciation of gay marriage came in a Christmas address to Vatican officials in which he blended religion, philosophy, anthropology and sociology to illustrate the position of the Roman Catholic Church.