Every now and then Pope Benedict XVI trots out in front of the cameras and makes the silly, silly mistake of speaking his mind. This has a whole mountain of horrible consequences, as the Roman Catholic Church’s positions on many social and moral issues are so reprehensibly stupid and pig-headed that pretty much anyone with a couple of properly firing neurons and the ability to user a computer spends at least a day making fun of them.
The most recent gaffe (author’s musing: is it still technically a gaffe if the speaker actual said what he meant?) came during a New Year’s address to the diplomatic corps at the Vatican. In what could have been a nice little fluff piece about the Church supporting education, the Pope decided to make a odd foray into the world of sexual relations. Evidently, according to his Popeness, children can only learn when they come from a traditional family containing exactly one man and one woman.
As CEO of the world’s largest entity protecting serial child rapists from justice, the Pope’s diatribe about the evils threatening the traditional family is just a little bit hard to take seriously. But, then again, I find it kind of hard to take anything seriously when it is said by men wearing dresses, draped in jewelry and topped off with fancy hats. Chalk it up all those years of watching Monty Python, I guess…
Now, all the protectors of the intolerant Pope and his bigoted Church have screeched over and over again that no body has bothered to print the WHOLE paragraph within which the Pope outlined how gay marriage is slowly but surely melting away our humanity. In a bid to appease these wretches, I shall print that paragraph… but with the caveat that I will primarily use it to illustrate the tremendous idiocy of A) the current Pope and B) Roman Catholicism.