In an article in the UK Telegraph, we’re told that Pope Ratzinger recently declared in an address that “saving” humanity from homosexuality and transexuality can be compared to saving the environment:
In his address to the Curia, the Vatican’s central administration, the Pope himself described behaviour beyond traditional heterosexual relations as “a destruction of God’s work”.
He said the Roman Catholic Church had a duty to “protect man from the destruction of himself” and urged respect for the “nature of the human being as man and woman.”
The pontiff added: “The tropical forests do deserve our protection. But man, as a creature, does not deserve any less.”
To be perfectly blunt, I think the pope yet again has his head stuck so far up his arse that he can see what he had for breakfast.
Instead, I’d suggest a few things that humanity really does need to be saved from:
- People who molest and abuse children. On the scale of which it has been conducted by the catholic church, this constitutes a crime against humanity and as such the pope and his most senior advisors need to be charged and investigated for shielding and suppressing these details.
- Overpopulation. This week the world’s population will hit 7 billion. The incessant immoral teachings of religious organisations against birth control imperils the entire human race, on a daily basis. We have already reached population levels that are likely to be unsustainable. The vatican, through its continual preaching of abstenance-only birth control is directly attacking humanity’s future.
- Poverty. Sure, the catholic church’s charitable arms do good work, but the vatican has amassed considerable riches which is hoards like Scrooge McDuck. “Bankers’ best guesses about the Vatican’s wealth put it at $10 billion to $15 billion … The Vatican has big investments in banking, insurance, chemicals, steel, construction, real estate … Unlike ordinary stockholders, the Vatican pays no taxes on this income.” (Time Magazine, US, February 26 1965.) The church apparently got jack of this sort of notoriety and started publishing finances, but these seem to be clearly doctored, with a 2005/2006 report estimating the net worth of all the church’s real estate at just $908 million US dollars. The trick, you see, is to treat each diocese as largely (financially) independent. But that’s sheer sophistry, given all humanity-damaging church policy is enforced from the central authority – and so too could wealth redistribution.
- Suicide. The catholic doctrine explicitly says that those who commit suicide go to hell. Yet, by continually pushing religious intolerance towards homosexuality, it systematically and directly contributes to the bullying and self-hatred experienced by many same-sex attracted people – bullying and self-hatred that leads to a higher suicide rate in the gay/lesbian community than experienced in the heterosexual community. By their own arguments, they are guilty of mortal sins by encouraging this behaviour.
Perhaps, after he pulls his head from his arse, this self proclaimed moral arbiter of the world could look into the recesses of his abscessed and pestilent organisation, and realise that humanity actually needs to be saved from the catholic church.