Monday, December 22, 2008

Provocative Pope Says Gay Lifestyle is a "Destruction of God's Work"

Hello Bloggers - In shocking statements to the Catholic Curia, or governing body, Pope Benedict said today that "saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction." Wow! Is he serious? Homosexuals and transsexuals are a threat to humanity? That's news to me.

On a more serious note, I think he is being incredibly irresponsible, even reckless. I don't care if he's trying to protect the morality of man, or the church, the only RESULT of statements expressing hateful judgements on a whole community of people - including millions of YOUNG PEOPLE - is self-hatred and SUICIDE. Statements like that do nothing to help make the world more moral. They do nothing to heal or help. They only HURT!

If you don't agree, and you think the Pope wasn't expressing hate, then I don't think you've ever been on the receiving end of it. Trust me, those kinds of statements hurt people. They make people, especially young people, feel like they're not good enough, and that they need to be fixed somehow. There is plenty of evidence to support it. They also encourage acts of hate, or violence. This is bad, very bad. We're not talking about a disease that can be cured. We're talking about human beings who have little choice but to be who they are.

He went on to say that "[the Church] should protect man from the destruction of himself." The pope said humanity needed to "listen to the language of creation" to "understand the intended roles of man and woman." He compared behaviour beyond traditional heterosexual relations as "a destruction of God's work".

"DESTRUCTION OF GOD'S WORK? He's equating homosexuals with a destructive force. It's almost as though he's making homosexuals scapegoats for all kinds of moral problems. I'm sorry, but that's hateful. Again, this is BAD, VERY BAD!

The Catholic Church opposes homosexual acts, gay marriage, and, in October, a leading Vatican official called homosexuality "a deviation, an irregularity, a wound". I wish I could confront that Vatican official. In my opinion, he's the only wound that should be healed.

Homosexuals are not a "destructive" force, no matter what you say. There are plenty of heterosexual problems out there that are destructive that should be addressed. Why pick on a weak minority? I'm sorry, but I cannot tolerate that kind of language. I might be very spiritual and part Catholic, but I think the Pope is FULL OF BS!

He also defended the Church's right to "speak of human nature as man and woman, and ask that this order of creation be respected". I would like to say to HIS HOLINESS to LEAVE THE GAY COMMUNITY ALONE! They are often victims of extreme violence. It's a dangerous thing to call them out, to point a moral finger at them that way. It's going to lead to a world of HURT!

Stick to the teachings of Jesus. He didn't seem to have a problem with gay people. If he did, he probably would have said something. In my humble opinion your Holiness, any pain and suffering, or death, resulting from those words ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, and the CHURCH'S. I would be careful what is preached from your pulpits, because the words might even lead to lawsuits.

Hasn't the church already hurt gays enough? You might represent the Catholic Church, or even God on Earth, but in my opinion you are saying things to hurt, not to help.

Monday's Political/Spiritual Rant #2 - Michael

PS - The London Times and other great world newspapers reported on this story, and they all seem to agree that the Pope stoked homophobia. I agree.


B.J. said...

Funny how preachers, pastors, prophets and, yes, even popes completely missed Jesus' message. BJ P.S. I added your site to DemWit's "faves."

by Michael Boh said...

I'm happy to see that world newspapers seem to agree that his word's are more hurtful than helpful. He should have been more careful. I just wish he would say something more positive to prevent any possible acts of hate. MB

YYZMAX said...

Found your blog from your comment on the Times Online. I agree 100% with what you state so well.

I am 40 year old Canadian, married to my same sex partner, Catholic (ex-seminarian in fact) and this is just more and more of the same. With all of the wars, death and hunger in the world, this is what Benedict chooses to proclaim to the world a mere 48 hours prior to us celebrating the birth of Christ and his coming into our lives?

In my first-hand experience, 65% of all priests are innately gay. The condemnation comes from a deep-down self hatred. A kind of "if I am a repressed self hating gay priest, everyone else better be like this too!"

You're so right when you express that young men and women whome may be gay, might might interpret this as one last thing that may push them over the edge into self harm. Not just suicide, but a false acceptance that one is of little or no value.

Peace on earth towards all? I guess just not the gay folk!


by Michael Boh said...

Thank you for the comment YYZMAX, and I hope you keep coming back. You took the words right out of my mouth. The Pope is wrong for what he did. I only hope more and more Catholics step up and SAY IT OUT LOUD! Congratulations to you and your partner for a long and most impressive marriage. :) Merry Christmas to you both - Michael

Jonas said...

Good job buddy!