The disgrace of papal blessing for Ugandan homophobia

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Pope Benedict XVI joined Twitter to keep Catholicism relevant in the 21st century. How about modernising dogma instead?


Earlier this month, Pope Benedict XVI joined Twitter in an effort to galvanize the faithful and modernize the Catholic Church for a younger, increasingly secular generation, making him the last person after your grandpa to join the social networking site. The Vatican also hired a former Fox News correspondent to bring their communications strategy into the 21st century, since that network did such an impressive job during the 2012 US presidential election.

The Catholic Church is foundering, and it’ll take a lot more than 140 characters and a rightwing “news” hack to put it on a modern track.

The pope is a social issues guy, more interested in themes like “traditional” family values, gay marriage and abortion than, say, helping the poor. And the Vatican is quick to slap down anyone – but especially any women, and particularly women who have the nerve to think of themselves as equal to men – who focuses on helping the most in need, instead of crusading against abortion and gay people. As far as the Church is concerned, advocating for the equal participation of women is “radical feminism” worthy of condemnation; pushing for legislation that kills gay people is worthy of a blessing.

Yes, that’s correct: just around the same time the pope was drafting his first tweet, he met with Ugandan parliamentary speaker Rebecca Kadaga, who had earlier promised to level the death penalty for gays as a “Christmas present” to the Ugandan people (minus, one assumes, the Ugandans who will be murdered because of their sexual orientation). She received a private audience with the pope, and a blessing.

Written By: Jill Filipovic
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27 COMMENTS

  1. I have a really bad feeling about this: three of the most morally bankrupt organisations in the known world, the Roman Catholic Church, Apple Computers and Fox News, coming together in some sort of trinity of evil.

    Didn’t Michel de Nostredame prophesy this about 500 years ago? I know the whole Mayan calendar thing was a big bust, but surely these three agents coming together and forming such an unholy alliance can mean only one thing.

    Oh well, the world was nice while it was here, and nothing lasts forever….

  2. I long for the day when they decide not to replace the pope for lack of interest. Until then I’ll just hope that someone finally brings the whole church up on racketeering and fraud charges.

  3. In reply to #2 by DocWebster:

    I long for the day when they decide not to replace the pope for lack of interest. Until then I’ll just hope that someone finally brings the whole church up on racketeering and fraud charges.

    Not very likely considering their influence. Have you seen the number of countries that have embassies with the Holy See and the number of committees in the UN the Holy See has “observer” status on.

    We need to leave a message somewhere like the back side of the moon that makes clear that the environmental apocalypse that engulfed mankind in 2200 was due to the birth control policies of the Roman Catholic Church. It could stand as a warning message for passing civilisations of extraterrestrials. Although if they are intelligent enough to get here they have probably discarded religion.

    Michael

  4. I wast tinking about ven i vas a boy im der hitlerjugend.in those days it was difficult, we had spezial camps and pink stars vor dem and it vas a pain in zer arse putting zem on trains etc.Now mitt dis new technologie all i Do ist press de tit and my new Afrikacorps kill de qveers.Und they say i am too alt to understand der neuen world.ha, oft ve go! ist time for my nap now.

  5. I have heard of an infernal engine whereby the representatives of god speak over great distances with their fingers on a tablet instead of by their tongues from a pulpit as god intended. Blasphemers! The workings of Beelzebub! Burn the heretics!

    Just a quick reminiscence from the days when the RCC ran the show. Now if they can embrace some humanity and common sense as well as resorting to technology. No? Ah just as well, we wouldn’t want them in the steering seat again would we.

  6. In reply to #1 by Katy Cordeth:

    I know the whole Mayan calendar thing was a big bust,…

    Oh Katy, I’m hoping that was a bit of sarcasm, it irks me when watching those pre 21-12-2012 conspiracy documentaries that made the Mayan Long Count calendar into a doomsday prophecy when it was nothing of the sort. It was the wishful thinking of a bunch of ‘end of times’ woo woo lunatics who put 2+2 together to get a very large number indeed. Feckin’ loons.

    “Though the Mayans were very advanced and made solid astronomical observations, there was never any doomsday prophecy made. This has been confirmed by genuine Mayan scholars. The Mayan calendar (like all calendars) had to end somewhere. Not only does it end, but it begins again in a new cycle, just as your calendar ends on December 31 and begins again on January 1.”

    http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/what-will-happen-in-2012.html

    The Mayan’s did prophecy, or an important king did.It was to predict a big party for his accession during the 5th millennia, why would that be the case if they believed the world was ending in the 3rd millennia?

    “October 21 [4772]: The Mayan king Pacal of Palenque predicted that on this date the eightieth Calendar Round anniversary of his accession will be celebrated.”

    Anyway, as usual I’ve drifted O/T, but I felt the urge to set the record straight, just in case you are not being sarky.

  7. What excellent news for atheism! The Vatican and Fox News have teamed up! The television channel which killed off the US Republican party’s chances in the Presidential Election is now advising The Pope.

    For anyone who hasn’t thought about it, its this: the mind of the 14th centuary is now taking advice from the voice of the 19th centuary. Nothing could be better for alienating the waverers on the edges of Catholocism (the part they should be expanding) here in the 21st centuary.

  8. Would some kind person please explain this sentence to me:

    “Pope Benedict XVI joined Twitter to keep Catholicism relevant in the 21st century”

    According to my dictionary the word relevant means:

    “Having a bearing on or connection with the matter at hand.”

    As the subject matter at hand is not identified that makes the connection to relevance redundant.

    Or, more simply, this story is gobbledygook.

    Peace.

  9. At some future date we will look back upon the rotting corpse of the rcc and wonder how the hell did such a hateful, criminal, dangerous, divisive, perverted, child molesting, disgusting, immoral, meddling cult deceive so many people for so long. I wish the rcc nothing but misfortune and long for its well deserved demise. The last pope has already been born. I am not picking on the rcc here – all other religions will be consigned to history as well leaving rational, caring, inclusive, intelligent, democratic, scientific, empathic, literate, properly educated, thinking, multicultural society to look after the planet and all life on it.

  10. In reply to #14 by TerryStokeB:

    At some future date we will look back upon the rotting corpse of the rcc and wonder how the hell did such a hateful, criminal, dangerous, divisive, perverted, child molesting, disgusting, immoral, meddling cult deceive so many people for so long. I wish the rcc nothing but misfortune and long for its well deserved demise. The last pope has already been born. I am not picking on the rcc here – all other religions will be consigned to history as well leaving rational, caring, inclusive, intelligent, democratic, scientific, empathic, literate, properly educated, thinking, multicultural society to look after the planet and all life on it.”

    Godspeed.

  11. In reply to #8 by Ignorant Amos:

    In reply to #1 by Katy Cordeth:

    I know the whole Mayan calendar thing was a big bust,…

    Oh Katy, I’m hoping that was a bit of sarcasm,

    I think deadpan rather than sarcasm. But it’s fairly clear it was not intended seriously.

  12. In reply to #2 by DocWebster:

    I long for the day when they decide not to replace the pope for lack of interest. Until then I’ll just hope that someone finally brings the whole church up on racketeering and fraud charges.

    Not to mention human rights issues – the abuse of children, women, gays, lesbians, etc. I look forward to the day when people will see Mother Teresa for what she really was: a narcissist with sadistic tendencies.

  13. The pope looks as if he barely knows his own name – and catholics actually listen to him and obey?!?

    Un-f***ing believable.

    Earlier this year nuns had a conference to protest current catholic policies.
    Can nuns boycott en mass?

  14. Decrepit old virgin geezer in a frock uses twenty first century device to spread vicious antediluvian dogma.

    How loving.

    A few words off subject: The Taliban killed aid workers administering anti polio vaccine to children, because they think it’s a Western plot to make Muslim youngsters sterile.

    Ignorance is bliss?

  15. It’s only a matter of time for someone as technologically challenged as ol’ man Benny over here to pull an “Anthony Weiner”– at least I’m hoping so. Anonymous, please make it happen.

  16. I think a person like Ratzinger, an ex-member of the Hitler’s Youth Movement and indoctrinated in the totalitarian system of Nazi Germany and later in the Roman Catholic authoritarianism, has no critical concept that makes him see the damage that Rebecca Kadaga’ policies of intolerance can cause in Uganda and elsewhere. To this we must add the complete lack of awareness when preaching against the use of condoms to prevent AIDS, and his attempt to hide sexual abuse against children. He is the type of guy who believes that the errors of authority cannot be judged by the public. He believes that the public is there to listen and obey. This guy is the representative of death.

  17. There is no reality where these actions are not the actions of one that is objectionably evil, and yet he not only sits atop the most lucrative faith in all the world, he has people worldwide somehow convinced that he is the vicar of Christ. The Pontiff Supreme. The Successor of the Prince and overall intercessor between god and man.

    Nevermind the begging questions like “how could an all loving god be so infinitely hateful of people he is responsible for creating if any of this were even remotely true?”, what of the attitude toward women? The broodmares of the proverbial Vatican state, if you accept the precepts of the doctrine.

    To hate so much, but claim to love everyone. It must be nice to live in a world completely surrounded by confirmation bias….

    How is there not a single living breathing hum being not outraged by the horrible implications of this, much less the participation of Fake News in the midst of the madness?

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