ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Edward M. Gomez, a former U.S. diplomat and staff reporter at TIME, has lived and worked in the U.S. and overseas, and speaks several languages. He has written for The New York Times, the Japan Times and the International Herald Tribune.
By Edward M. Gomez
SF Chronicle, World Views section
All dressed up to preach bigotry and intolerance at Christmastime: Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican
The streetwise philosopher was commenting on the pronouncements of the late Pope John Paul II, the erstwhile head of the Roman Catholic Church who was known for preaching intolerance and bigotry under a cloak of good-sounding platitudes. That pontiff's obligatory celibacy never stopped him from telling other people what to do - or not to do - with their bodies when it came to sexual matters.
Today, Pope Benedict XVI, the former Hitler Youth member who was once known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, appears to continue his predecessor's practice of encouraging hate in the guise of moral teaching (or whatever it is he thinks he's disseminating). Noted the BBC earlier this year, shedding some insight on Benedict's modus operandi: At the Vatican, before becoming a pope himself,
Now, from the We're Not Making This Up Department come reports of the latest homo-hating public comments from one of the world's most famous men in a fancy frock. Putting aside the essential messages of the Gospels of the Christian New Testament, that ancient tome whose mix of history and myth conveys to the world the very essence of Jesus Christ's guiding philosophy of compassion, humility and unconditional love, Ratzinger-Benedict has stated he
At a Christmastime gathering of Roman Catholic Church honchos at the Vatican this week, Ratzinger-Benedict
Never mind, for a moment, the inescapable - and hypocritical? - contradiction that underlies Ratzinger-Benedict's theological-doctrinal thinking, for even as he seems to be getting his robe in a knot over the very presence of homosexual people in the world (there are none in the Roman Catholic Church, of course), the Holy One also appears to be forgetting that the Christian Old Testament, that other weighty text from which his institution derives its policies, explicitly states that all human beings are the single god of Christianity's blessed creations. Marginal note from the Logic 101 textbook: If all human beings are blessed parts of the Christian god's creation, and if all homosexuals are human beings, then all homosexuals also are blessed parts of the Christian god's creation. To borrow a line from the popes' collective job description, the laws of logic are infallible.'
Reporting on Ratzinger-Benedict's latest utterings, the BBC notes:
Instead, Ratzinger-Benedict said that,
Notes the British newspaper the Daily Mail: