One Lonely Angry Man
I'm from Nova Scotia and we have a saying there. "Don't like the weather? Wait five minutes." This saying can be slightly modified to suit my present situation by changing it to: "Got blog-writing stagnation? Wait five minutes and the pope will say something stupid." It never fails, friends. While reading an article in Reuters today, I was once again struck by the head-in-the-sand stunned attitude of Pope Benny.
The piece actually said that, "spreading the word of Jesus Christ was more important than all the emergency and development aid that rich churches like those in Germany gave to poor countries." It brings to mind the old saying, "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he'll always be able to eat; teach a man to pray and he'll starve to death waiting for a fish."
It is hard to listen to stupidity on the level of this: "Social issues and the Gospel are inseparable...When we bring people only knowledge, ability, technical competence and tools, we bring them too little..." Yep, when we help people out by giving them all the schooling, technical tools and logistical support they need, dammit, we're just leaving out the spiritual aspect of growing grain or proper field irrigation. This pope must have inflatable balls to say dumb shit like that with a straight face.
Benny said, "Western" societies don't listen to the words of religion and that,"...What is said about God strikes us as pre-scientific, no longer suited for our age." Bingo! Ding ding ding! We're Tyler Durden and you're the confused narrator sitting on that hotel room bed. You know the answer but are too scared to actually believe it. You are not needed anymore. You have the sick desperation of the one person left of the desert island who serves no purpose and is only taking up valuable resources.
Remember the movie 12 Angry Men? The church is the Lee J. Cobb character ranting about us nonbelievers being "no good" with all the evidence stacked against him; in fact, he is the person most in need of help to rid himself of the prejudices he holds for no valid reason.
70% of the world's Catholics live in "developing" (read: poor and technologically slowed) countries. This is likely because religion breeds in ignorance, it needs it. Once you start to see all the amazing things science and logical/critical thinking can do, the candles start to light up the dark and the demons go away.
Benny said, "Evangelisation itself should be foremost..." No, sir, I beg to differ. Ridding ourselves of the scourge of superstitious thinking and the violence and unsupported prejudice that rides shotgun - that is what should be foremost.