21st April, 05
The Vatican machine expects all to believe that Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI) has changed his ultra-conservative spots and is the way forward for the Catholic Church and the planet.
Misogyny, homophobia, sexual naivety, Catholic exclusivity etc can be veiled behind cleverly constructed words but their actuality still exists in the mind of the new Pope.
John Paul II escaped due criticism for these socially disastrous ways of viewing reality by relying on charisma and the personal pity he attracted for his always failing medical conditions. Simplistic messages skirting the damage whilst promoting ‘love’ kept the acquiescent ‘faithful’ in the palm of his hand.
The educated World is waking up to the enormity of suffering the Catholic Church is inflicting on Developing Nations and on humanity in general.
David Nicholls, President of the Atheist Foundation of Australia said: “As all before them, Pope Benedict and his Cardinals are really only aged men dressed up in frilly costumes sprouting outrageously antiquated and dangerous rubbish. They do, however, play an educational role in life. It is a clear demonstration of the depths of harmful fantasy humanity can devolve into if reasoned thinking is abandoned.”