Alright, I have to ask. Why is everyone so fucking shocked that the pope has decided that eliminating homosexuality is up there with saving the rainforest? Last time I checked the pope was catholic, and unless the catholic church has made some radical and fundamental changes to their philosophy over the last few years they believe homosexual acts to be inherently sinful.
Of course the pope thinks it’s important to eradicate homosexuality. The man truly and honestly believes it to be something that damns a human being to eternal torment and suffering. When offered the option to work for saving trees against that of working to protect millions of human souls I am, quite frankly, only shocked by how mild his response was. People can argue all they like about the church’s interpretation of the bible, but I guarantee you that the bible specifically states that homosexual acts are against god, I’ve checked. Anyone demanding I quote chapter and verse will be both obliged and simultaneously torn a new arsehole for making me trawl through the bible _again_, as I am sure there are millions of sites that will tell you the exact passages.
People whine about the pope’s responsibility as a world spiritual leader. My fucking arse. The pope’s responsibility is to his god. He knows it, why doesn’t anyone else seem to get it? Ok, it’s better for everyone if he can be on reasonably good terms with the world, he has a whole lot of influence over a whole lot of people. But from his perspective, the important thing is ensuring the eternal salvation of mankind, political correctness shouldn’t really enter into it.
At this point I should probably clarify something, I completely and totally disagree with the pope on the subject of homosexuality and indeed sexuality in general. In fact, the number of things I disagree with the catholic church on is rather substantial. What a cause of consternation for me, as an irish catholic by birth and upbringing. Oh what a wailing and gnashing of teeth there was for the approximately 5 seconds it took me at the age of 14 to realise that in fact there was a very, very simple solution, which I will now share with the world.
Stop. Being. Catholic.
Yes kids, that’s right, it’s a simple as that. You can if you like go the whole hog and get yourself excommunicated, but personally I am saving that for a special occasion. Frankly, if the sacraments of the catholic church mean nothing to you then a formal ejection is blatantly unnecessary anyway. The really cool part of this solution is that if you disagree with the pope and don’t think all gay people go to hell, you’ve actually stopped being a catholic already. It’s a religion, not a fucking social club.
The point of organised religion is to create a community of people with the same core beliefs. And guess what, the core beliefs of the catholic church are not in fact “let’s be nice to everyone”. Whatever about some other happy-go-lucky Christian faiths (none of which incidentally believe it’s possible not to be damned if you’re not a christian) the catholic church through the ages has been a byword for corruption and intolerance of epic proportion.
People complain about the pope, people complain about the church’s attitude toward sex of any description, people complain about the church’s long history of abhorrent political policies. But then they receive the census form and next to religion write down “Roman Catholic”. The church has power because we give it to them. It is insinuated into the structure of our lives, births deaths and marriages are unimaginable without a priest. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Screw organised religion. Most people are doing this already, I don’t know all that many Catholics or indeed Christians whose faith is much more than a convenient label and set of conventions for them to ignore at will. The only thing that can and is damaging massive global religious organisations like the catholic church is the attrition of membership.
Yes, that would mean giving up some traditional ceremonial aspects of life. But when those rituals become the whole point then the meaning they were supposed to convey in the first place is lost. All they mean to most people now is the ability to get married in a church by a priest with their mum watching.
If you can’t give up the conventional social trappings of a religion, then the excuse that the ridiculous intolerant speeches of your spiritual leader don’t represent you is pathetic, because you don’t even represent yourself.