Saturday, 9 May 2009

Pope Benedict has no sense of irony.

... And in other news, bears shit in the woods. 

Pope Benedict XVI called on Christians and Muslims today to serve mankind with the "light of God's truth" while warning that extremists in nations such as Iraq were exploiting religious differences for political and violent agendas.

Speaking at the Al Hussein bin Talal Mosque, the pontiff, whose three-day pilgrimage here is an attempt to mend relations with the Muslim world, said the "tensions and divisions between the followers of different religious traditions, sadly, cannot be denied. However, is it not also the case that often it is the ideological manipulation of religion, sometimes for political ends, that is the real catalyst for tension and division, and at times even violence in society?"

Wasn't the point of
his Pontificating Preachiness' harangue to condemn stuff like this?  And this?  Oh.  Wait.  That's evidence of the ideological manipulation of christianity for political reasons, by the Vatican 

Jordanian clerics expressed disappointment that Pope Benedict XVI in an address to Muslim leaders on Saturday failed to offer a new apology for remarks seen as targeting Islam. ..."What the pope said about the Prophet Mohammed is untrue. Islam did not spread through the power of sword. It's a religion of tolerance and faith," Hussein said. The pope had in 2006 quoted a medieval Christian emperor who criticised some teachings of the Prophet Mohammed as "evil and inhuman."  

Which is of course MASSIVELY  different from the medieval clerics who justified the evil and inhuman actions of the Inquisition with the doctrine they claimed was inspired by the words of God and Jesus.


Anonymous said...

I have listened (live) to every word of the Pope's speech that is "reported" here.

He never mentioned a single country (who slipped in Iraq????) and his whole speech would agree with your ideas. He did not point his finger at one specific religion at all, but spoke generically of the dangers of religious ideological manipulation in ALL religions that can lead to even violence in ALL religions, including his own.

Please remember that the Pope's words are constantly manipulated in a dishonest manner by everyone with an agenda. The secular press is notorious in this regard.
The Pope has spoken and written of the the ills in Christianity's past and present (including the Inquisition) on many occasions. Don't draw a picture of a man who points a finger at other religions and forgets about his own. It is a false picture.

deBeauxOs said...

Anonymous said: "...the Pope's words are constantly manipulated in a dishonest manner by everyone with an agenda. The secular press is notorious in this regard. "Everyone has an agenda, even the Dalai Lama. So if the secular press calls the pope on his agenda, you can take it or leave it.

The Catholic Church has yet to establish an institutional policy regarding the sexual abuse of children and adolescents by its clergy. If the pope overtly discourages homosexual men from becoming priests, the presumption is that heterosexual priests are superior in their capacity to honour their vows of celibacy and chastity and less likely to be pedophiles.

Wrong. More girls and young women have been sexually assaulted in the history of the Catholic Church than boys and youth have been.

However, because of homophobia inside and outside religious institutions, male victims of abuse get more media attention. But when sexual violence is directed towards girls and young women, it is depicted as less heinous crime.

This is typical of the pope's attitude towards priests' pedophilia.

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