It makes me so sad that people still have give this old coot the time of day. Or any religious leader for that matter...
Ditto: Exactly what Mike said
I did not think Benny Boy could be any worse than J2P2, but it seems he is worse. The Catholic Church still has way too much power, but that is in decline. As to who listens to him I think most thinking people take the pope with a grain of salt. He must be getting concerned about his flock raising questions. Last week he reminded everybody that hell was a "real place".
As a gay Catholic who always understood the Church's policies but never felt particularly unwelcome in the Church, I can tell you that JP2 was much better. But then again, as ECB might say, the no abortion and no birth control issues didn't really affect me too much, so I didn't notice, now did I?
My only solace with this recent antigay-crazy world we live in is that as more and more churches break off hundreds of years of unity to join some psycho in Africa that wants to make it a crime for gays to talk on a street corner, more and more church attendees will say "WTF" and let the gay thing go. At some point, people will have had enough. I hope.
The Church's position on anything is non-negotiable. Just ask the jews in spain. It's easy to shrug and say "who cares" because in the developed world nobody really does. But two-thirds of Catholics are below the equator, and most of them aren't in developed countries. They do listen, for the most part, and they largely agree (which is part of the reason there's so goddamn many of them). And anybody who thought Eggs would be less of a hard-ass than JP2 wasn't paying attention to the German's previous job.
Speaking of fun Catholic things, Dan, if you haven't already you should definitely check out this post on Ivy Gate:
Young Christian Soldiers
The comments it gets should do his Popeness proud. There's also a follow-up:
A Catholic Retort
I loved,loved your post, Risley. The anal beads took me by surprise. Very funny. Screw the Pope.
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