Am I the only one who thinks the Pope is a complete fucking lunatic?
In March, he told a gathering of people that "HIV/Aids is a tragedy that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which can even increase the problem" What the FUCK? Adding insult to injury, he made this astonishing statement of stupidity in AFRICA, a continent with 22 million of its inhabitants infected with the Aids virus - ONE THIRD of all the infections in the whole world!
Apparently the way to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids, in Africa as well as the rest of the world, is by marital fidelity and abstinence. Now I'm not a professional comedian but given the abysmal rate of abstinence among Catholic clergy when it comes to molesting children and the massive cover-up of it by Catholic leadership including the Vatican, I'm thinking that the Pope saying "don't have sex" is pretty damn funny. His priests who made a VOW OF CHASTITY TO GOD can't even keep their damn dicks in their pants so how the hell does he think that's going to work for everyone else?
Then there is the fact that he lifted the excommunication of a Bishop who doesn't think the Holocaust happened. This guy also believes in unicorns, fairies and leprechauns.
But the most heinous thing this Pope has done (to my knowledge at least) so far is excommunicating the mother and doctors of a nine year old girl after they aborted the twin fetuses she was carrying as a result of her stepfather's repeatedly raping her. Ok, so the Pope wasn't the one to excommunicate the doctors and mother, it was Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, but a senior Vatican cleric backed up the decision and the Pope, the head Grand Wizard of the whole shebang said and did NOTHING to indicate he felt the decision was wrong, immoral or fucked up in any way. Oh, and one more thing, the baby raping slimebag who impregnated his nine year old stepdaughter - not excommunicated.
So a priest who is stupid enough to not "believe in" a documented and verifiable historical event doesn't deserve to be excommunicated but doctors and a little girls mother who perform a medical procedure to SAVE THE GIRL'S LIFE are not worthy of being Catholics? Have I got that right Pope Darth Sidious?
I do not understand why the Catholic church still has over 1 billion members when the leadership is so hypocritical and - I'll say it - unchristian. There is hypocrisy and evil in all religious groups but the Pope is the one and only leader of every Catholic in the world and is, supposedly, God on earth. This means that if you are a member of the Catholic Church, you are supporting his decisions and actions. You have accepted him as your leader and by default, are agreeing with him. WHY? It's not like there aren't any other organized religious groups whose leadership isn't stuck in the middle ages.
At this point, I don't believe that tradition can be held up as a reasonable reason to stay with the Catholic Church. Even if every generation of your family has been Catholic back to the very beginning of the organization, do you think that supporting the church - and this Pope in particular - are reasonable? If every Catholic, hell even if only half of all Catholics, rose up and quit the church because of the decisions its leadership has made then you can bet your holy rosary that changes would be made. They want people in the pews, tithing money.
But as long as regular Catholics on the street continue to support the church by remaining as members, the leadership has absolutely no reason to change their stance on anything and will continue on their merry way.
I just don't understand.