Pope Benedict XVI is currently on a state visit to the United Kingdom where, frankly, he should be facing charges. Of course he can’t be charged with anything since he’s the head of a sovereign country. Vatican City shouldn’t be consider its own nation, but it is, so we have to go with that for now.
Anyhow, the other day the Pope compared atheists with Nazis and implied they were trying to bring about an atheist regime in Europe (despite the fact that Hitler was Catholic and the whole Nazi image was built around Christianity). Then he made some even stupider comments about how Christianity is being “marginalized” around the world.
“I cannot but voice my concern at the increasing marginalisation of religion, particularly of Christianity, that is taking place in some quarters, even in nations which place a great emphasis on tolerance.
“There are those who would advocate that the voice of religion be silenced, or at least relegated to the purely private sphere.
“There are those who argue that the public celebration of festivals such as Christmas should be discouraged, in the questionable belief that it might somehow offend those of other religions or none.”
Yeah, you know, Christianity is the largest religion in the world by a fair number. I’m pretty sure we don’t need to worry about it being marginalized, at least in the poor, uneducated countries of the world. First world nations like those in Europe are a different matter, so he might be somewhat right there.
But pay attention to the other stuff he says. Basically he’s saying that religion should be mixed in with politics. He’s also saying that it’s “questionable” that people might be offended by state-sponsored celebrations of specific religious holidays.
Let me put to rest any questions on this issue, Benny 16. I, personally, would be offended to have state-sponsored religious holidays. I am offended when I see the line between church and state being blurred or removed completely.
The Pope also issued some more fairly weak apologies for, you know, all those priests raping kids. From all the evidence it sounds like he was involved in the cover-up from the start and spent a great deal of time and effort helping to hide the priests involved. He should apologize. He should also be investigated criminally and, if there’s evidence, charged.
I know that won’t happen, but I can dream. In the meantime, I still find myself wondering how any person of conscience can continue to remain a part of the Catholic church.