Tuesday, 17 March 2009

When Popes are stupid


In his four years as pope, Benedict had never directly addressed condom use, although his position is not new.

His predecessor, Pope John Paul II, often said that sexual abstinence — not condoms — was the best way to prevent the spread of the disease.

Benedict also said the Roman Catholic Church was at the forefront of the battle against AIDS.

"You can't resolve it with the distribution of condoms," the pope told reporters aboard the Alitalia plane heading to Yaounde. "On the contrary, it increases the problem."
The pope said a responsible and moral attitude toward sex would help fight the disease.


What word would you leave with the church on this occasion?

I would commend to the church this Franciscan benediction that I have come to love, because I think it is kind of marching orders for the church in the 21st century:

"May God bless you with discomfort...At easy answers, half truths and superficial relationshipsSo that you may live deep within your heart.

"May God bless you with anger...At the injustice, oppression and exploitation of peopleSo that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

"May God bless you with tears...To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy. "

And may God bless you with enough foolishness...To believe that you can make a difference in the world,So that you can do what others claim cannot be doneto bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor. Amen

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