Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Roman Clueless Church

It's been a while since I've talked about something controversial or the fact that condoms are a good thing and should be distributed free via helicopters raining them down on the populations of every country in the world so let's see how many people I can piss off today.

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.


ms. changes pants while driving said...

HAHAHHAHAHAHAAA!! i love the darth pope!!

i can't believe the part about the nine year old girl...i have no words for that. shame on them.

very well put, katy. i look forward to educated comments.

ChiTown Girl said...

The only thing I have to say is "Amen to that, Sista!!"

Elena said...

Wow! Amen indeed.

The Hotfessional said...

As an excommunicated Catholic - although, truly, I think I excommunicated myself - I agree. The things that the Catholic Church has done and said in the name of "all that is holy" - a shame and a sham.

Jason, as himself said...

Don't even get me started.

I was not aware of the last situation with the nine year old girl. UNbelieveable.

My MIL is a prime example of the type of person you're talking about--Catholic by tradition, goes to mass every Sunday, is fully devoted, yet acknowledges the wrongs of the leaders of the Catholic church and Catholic history. I could go on.

I don't get it either.

ms. changes pants while driving said...

hey, look. the pope was wrong....

mantra2 said...

The Pope is only trying to force his belief system on africa. I wrote about it myself in my blog:

check it out if you want too :)

Kate said...

I'm with you sister.

Karen's brother and his wife are devout catholics. And really quite stupid in their beliefs.

The wife told us one time that when catholics take communion they take in the real body/blood of Jesus, but the other churches fake it.

Hmmmm.. Didn't know Jesus discriminated like that.

Fuckers! Oops, guess I'm going to hell for that one.

Oh no wait, I was already headed their for being a lesbian. ha ha ha!

The Girl Next Door said...

My mother has struggled with this for much of the last 20 or so years. She was raised a devout Catholic. But some of the things the "leaders" do? Yeah she can't understand it. She left the church for many years but was miserable. Now she is back - she says she has no problem with her local church and it's her relationship with God that matters. The Catholic mass is what she knows - it's what she's been celebrating for 77 years, so it's where she knows how to worship. Yeah they do some dumbass things. All People Do. Some dumber than others? You betcha. But if you knew my mom? You might- might - get a glimpse of why people are still Catholic.

ME? Non-denominational Christian.