papal infallibility

Sun Dec-2nd-2007 // Filed under: Things Are Happening

The Pope, in his infinite wisdom, has seen fit to open the cornucopia of evil that he likes to pretend is his mouth. In his latest statement he informs us that the “greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice” are the result of atheism.

Uh-huh. Sure, Benny, that must be it. Frankly, coming from a man who is the head of an international organization that swears by shameless misogyny and open intolerance of gay people, has absolutely no moral problem with telling people that condoms are useless against HIV infection, even if it contributes to the deaths of thousands and thousands of people, and habitually covers up and downplays the pedophilia practiced by priests that represent it — just to name a couple of the most obvious points that spring to mind — I’m not convinced he’s in any position to start cast stones. (And no, I’m not saying that Catholic priests are more likely to be child molesters, just that child molestation by Catholic priests isn’t something the church has traditionally been eager to act on — not least so because of the direct orders to keep schtum from the Pope himself, back when he was just cardinal Ratzinger.)

Throw in the Crusades, and, oh, let’s say the subjugation of the native South Americans in the name of conversion Catholicism for good measure, and you get a pretty ugly picture. And yet all of these things are apparently inconsequential compared to the greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice ever perpetrated. Or are we perhaps to believe that if it hadn’t been for the gentle touch and calming effect of the Church, things would’ve been even worse?

It’s one thing that he conveniently ignores the Crusades and other similar incidents in the past — let’s be fair, he wasn’t around at the time, and it was a long time ago, anyway. But when he still insists that homosexuals are evil (yes, fine, he doesn’t say that — he just insists that everything they do, besides praying and getting married to members of the opposite sex, is evil, which must be a great comfort indeed to your average faggot) and directly contributes to the ongoing AIDS-related body count, the levels of hypocrisy involved are enough to make my blood boil. I mean, how is that not evil?


  1. I tried to read the original text by Il Papa, but it was too long and full of quotes from the bible and the catholic catechism, both obviously excellent and totally unbiased sources for any philosophical study. But since he is the pope, I guess we have to allow him to make this kind of circular references. (Spe Salvi)

    In any case, the parts I did read where mainly crap about religion and God providing hope for people, which apparently atheism or any other purely mundane system cannot provide.

    I did read the text Mikki refers to, and that wasn’t quite as straight forward as described above. It says that “atheism was responsible for some of the greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice in history” and then specifies Marxism as the main source of “cruelty and violations of justice”.

    I don’t deny Mikki’s point, since the catholic church has its own problematic past and present, but I would say that the pope wasn’t naming atheism the sole source or evil. In any case, I like to consider myself an agnostic, so you evil atheists can burn in hell :-)

    Comment by Scully — December 3, 2007 @ 1196692552

  2. I know he references Marxism as an example, but it’s not an attack on Marxism, it’s an attack on atheism. And even if it wasn’t (but it is), it’d still be an childishly intellectually dishonest argument. Doesn’t take a genius to see that atheism and Marxism are two completely unrelated issues, and one does not follow from the other.

    Comment by Mikki — December 3, 2007 @ 1196693766

  3. To me, opposition to condoms puts a person to automatic “asshole” category, and in that area there certainly is no question about what the good Pope is saying.

    Comment by Dragon — December 5, 2007 @ 1196852806

  4. You can’t say faggot. It’s a bad word!

    Comment by Jaakko — December 16, 2007 @ 1197776976

  5. Sir, you are mistaken.

    Comment by Mikki — December 16, 2007 @ 1197833200

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