Monday, December 25, 2006

Rome to Queers ...

"Merry bleepin' Christmas!"

It's truly amazing how the Web can lead a person from one thing to another in a veritable ... well ... "web" of inquiry. I can't even remember what search I had performed, but it led me to this truly delightful pairing of recent pronouncements from the Bishop of Rome.

Pope Benedict XVI Calls for Overcoming Prejudices Ahead of Christmas

"Jesus came for each one of us and made us brothers," Benedict said [Sunday] during his traditional blessing from his window overlooking the square.

In turn, he added, people should strive to "overcome preconceived ideas and prejudices, tear down barriers and eliminate contrasts that divide — or worse — set individuals and peoples against each other, so as to build together a world of justice and peace."

I remember that my former priest often commented that when he wrote sermons, he was very often preaching – first and foremost – to himself. I wonder if the Bishop of Rome does the same? If so, I wonder (but, of course, will never know) what specific "things done and left undone" he included in his confession that day.

For we also have this lovely pronouncement from His Most Infallible Holiness: Pope Attacks Gay Marriage in Christmas Address

Pope Benedict spoke out on Friday against legal recognition for unmarried couples and "dismal theories" on the rights of gays to marry which he said stripped men and women of their innate sexual identity.

"I cannot hide my concern about legislation on de facto couples," the Pope said in a Christmas address to the Rome clergy. The Pope said granting legal recognition to unwed couples was a threat to traditional marriage, which required a higher level of commitment.

But he saved his strongest words for those who suggest gay couples should be put on the same level as a husband and wife: "This tacitly accredits those dismal theories that strip all relevance from the masculinity and femininity of the human being as though it were a purely biological issue," the Pope said.

Theories "according to which man should be able to decide autonomously what he is and what he isn't," end up with mankind destroying its own identity, he said.

This strikes me as oddly in-synch with the words of own Pope-Wanna-Be:

“Why didn’t God make a lion to be a man’s companion?” Archbishop Akinola said at his office here in Abuja. “Why didn’t he make a tree to be a man’s companion? Or better still, why didn’t he make another man to be man’s companion? So even from the creation story, you can see that the mind of God, God’s intention, is for man and woman to be together.”
I am speechless. I would love to entertain a point-by-point discussion of what he has said and done just this week. But I'm too busy laughing.


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