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To The Pope: Get With The Times, B!

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An article released by the Associated Press discusses Pope Benedict XVI's new book, "Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times," wherein he states that the use of condoms can be justified for male prostitutes seeking to stop the spread of HIV.

Many are taking this to mean that the Vatican is beginning to reverse its position on contraception, however, the Catholic Church has long opposed the use of condoms because they are a form of artificial contraception, and has yet to release an explicit policy or position about the use of condoms and any relation to the spread of HIV, or any other disease.

The Pope does say, in the book (and according to the Associated Press article) that in some cases, such as male prostitutes, the use of condoms could be justified "in the intention of reducing the risk of infection."  He further stated that this position "is a first step in a movement toward a more human way of living sexuality."

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NO SHIT SHERLOCK!  Pope, dude, you gotta get with the times before you make your religion completely obsolete.  The fact of the matter is that people, even good Catholics, are having sex, out of wedlock.  Despite what you may think, people aren't actually buying what you're peddling, especially when it comes to sex.

That said, I believe it would be a lot more beneficial for you to acknowledge the fact that people have selective hearing and are not using condoms, because you tell them it's a no-no, but are still having sex (especially out of wedlock) because it's just too good to pass up.  Then, these same good Catholics find out that they're either pregnant, or have a disease, or both.  Perhaps that can just be their little secret.

If one thing leads to another, I'm sure some high-enough-priced lawyer in either New York or Los Angeles could convince a jury that you, and the Vatican, are guilty of some level of criminal intent to spread sexually-transmitted diseases.  Ever consider that you, Mr. God-on-Earth, could be viewed as causing the spread of HIV and other STD's (including unwanted pregnancies)?  Ever consider what that might do to your popularity, and following?

Also, why are you seemingly so okay with prostitution?  For some reason, condoms are bad, but prostitution, meeeeehhhhh, that's okay.  Does that seem to go against the whole idea of no sex out of wedlock, or is it just me?

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I also want to talk about this news that you were apparently surprised to hear about the scale of clerical sex abuse in Germany.  Ummm, have you ever heard of all the clerical sex abuse happening in America?

WAKE UP POPE!  You have to realize that, at some point in recent history, religion has started to become rather irrelevant to people.  Sure, people will still want to identify themselves with a certain set of morals and values, or want to belong to a group, or simply show up to mass out of tradition and, dare I say, a sense of obligation, but will they actually practice what you preach?  

Maybe we should check in with this new thing called reality to see how you're doing.  Let's see, more people living with the HIV everyday, more teen and unwanted pregnancies out of wedlock everyday, more human trafficking for sex slaves everyday, more acts of terror steeped in fanatical religious motivations everyday, the list goes on.  Bottom line:  your message is failing.

Why is your message failing?  I suspect that it has something to do with applicability to human life on the planet, as it exists today.  Sure it's easy to see things through rose-colored glasses when you sport as much gold as Run DMC did in the late '80's, but your message is only going to be received by those who can afford to hear it.

Let me tell you something, the homeless man that sleeps in the doorway of the jewelery store next to my office, doesn't give a damn if I put a bible in his hands.  The concept of Jesus isn't going to cure him of hunger, cold, disease, or provide him shelter, unless, of course, the Vatican wants to take him in and care for him, clothe him, etc.  That man also doesn't care what you say about how he should live his life, because what you say is farthest from his most immediate concerns.

I guess what I'm trying to get at here is that, while religion can be very beneficial to some people, I believe that it can only be as beneficial as it is applicable to the life of the person it touches.  Pope Benedict, if you want Christianity, and especially Catholicism, to remain relevant in the world, you have to come back down to earth, so to speak, get in touch with the people and the issues they're facing, and relate your message to them.  Otherwise, you're just preaching to hear yourself preach, and that's annoying.

Thank you for reading.

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3 Comments

Jerry said:

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You, Snob, are the one who needs to get "with it". Or at least geta clue before you start with the digital (in both the anatomic and electronic sense) diarrhea.

"The fact of the matter is that people, even good Catholics, are having sex, out of wedlock."

Sorry to break this to you, but people who are having pre/extra marital sex without repenting for same are not good Catholics.

"Despite what you may think, people aren't actually buying what you're peddling, especially when it comes to sex."

That's ultimately their problem, not the Church's nor the pope's. The pope's job is to present the authentic morality as taught by Jesus Christ and revealed by the Holy Spirit. A morality which, for the record, doesn't change based on the whims of individuals or popular culture. If we choose to ignore the true morality, the skin will be off our backs -- burned off -- not off the pope's.

The Chicago Snob said:

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Hi Jerry,

Thank you for your comment and for reading. I totally get where you're coming from and your religious views are completely valid. The one thing I encourage you to consider is whether or not repenting for "sins" actually makes a difference in reality. I mean, what's from stopping anyone from cheating on his/her spouse, so long as they can simply repent the "sin" away? The same thing goes for theft, murder, or any other "sin" you can think of.

MissA75 said:

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Amen to that! Enjoyed the write up Snob!

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