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'Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons.' -- Vizzini from "The Princess Bride"

Friday, December 01, 2006

Another Finger-Crossing Moment for the Pope

Pope Benedict XVI said this:
"You know well that the church wishes to impose nothing on anyone, and that she merely asks to live in freedom," the pope said at Istanbul's Holy Spirit Cathedral, where he was joined by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians. [emphasis mine]

That's certainly good to know. From now on, the Vatican will no longer impede efforts here in America to put rationality back into sex-education when it comes to condom and other contraception usage, and that politicians who are pro-choice will no longer be condemned by the pope. I think I'm going to like this new idea of freedom that the pope espouses.

I just wonder how deeply into the next election cycle it will hold before the pope announces he was only kidding, that he had his fingers crossed behind his back...

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At December 07, 2006 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're confused once again, Jeff. Well, almost certainly not confused, just distorting what was said.

The pope was clear in what he said. No one has to follow Church doctrine. They have a right to do so or a right to refuse to do so. No punishment comes from refusing the Church's rules. But clearly the Church DOES have rules. One can simply deny them and live their lives as they choose. The Pope surely thinks this is wrong, but it's part of the freedom/ free will to choose to follow. As opposed to being forced into anything.

Let's do a little thought experiment. AIDS is pandemic in Africa, right? If all people followed the Church's rules on sexual relations (only after one is married and marriage is for life.) Would that or would that not end HIV? You call it irrational, but you cannot deny that if everyone had sex with their spouse and no one else, that would end AIDS.

End to AIDS= irrational.

Come again?

Condom use is great, but it doesn't protect against half the STIs out there. So, you're world says rational thought= tell kids to have sex but provide them with condoms to do so, even though they don't protect from most STI's, including herpes, HPV (which can lead to cancer in women), other diseases?

Your worldview seems to confuse rational with irrational quite a lot.

In the future- try not to distort what others say (the Pope in this case), and try not to conflate the end of AIDS with irrationality.


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