Pope Benedict XVI Betrays Humanity

I’m not Catholic, let me state that first. But I am very spiritually inclined. So I watched the Pope’s visit with interest. I wondering what he would do when meeting with a man who has committed war crimes against an innocent nation, betrayed his office and the people who elected him, authorized the use of torture, and abused the powers of the Constitution of the United States of America. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was. Instead of a leader of principal I saw another simpering fool.

I was disgusted that the Pope chose not to notice that the Supreme Court of this land was getting ready to rule on the death penalty. Something the Church says is almost never used. Oh really? Then why didn’t he mention it here? Oh, that’s right, he was too busy making up for all those naughty priests. That was more important than the deaths of more people. Yes, how could I be so dense…

And then he had the NERVE to say it was GAY priests that had molested these young boys!? How does that explain the young girls that were molested? Because young girls WERE molested by these same priests too! But Benedict XVI chose to condemn gays instead of heterosexual males, which his priests are. Well, that figures, homosexuality is against the churches standards, so they had to be gay, right? BULLSHIT! Talk about myopic vision!

So reading this article today in AlterNet.org gave me what I needed to get this article out. I’ve been stewing on it for a week now and just couldn’t get my thoughts down enough. Every time I started to I just got mad, and that doesn’t make for good writing at all. So I just kept putting it off. My friend, on the other hand, wrote a great piece and I hope you will check out her blog on this issue: The Problem With Labels

So, what kind of blindness does it take to fly across the ocean to meet with a man who is an accused war criminal, mass torturer, law twister, whose administration top officials met and orchestrated that torture, who ordered an attorney general to twist the language of the laws of the land in order to authorize torture of prisoners of war, and whose country is debating the death penalty? How do you do that and maintain your lofty views of the world? AND, make people believe you are SORRY for the things that priests did while serving the Church? How do you do that? I REALLY want to know. Because right now I call bullshit on every member of the Catholic faith. You cannot have it both ways, either you do as your faith commands, or you throw the whole thing in the toilet and start over.

From AlterNet.org we have this article:

Pope Ignores the War, Gets Free Pass on Sex Abuse

By Ray McGovern, Consortium News. Posted April 23, 2008.

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Is it possible that papal advisers forgot to tell him that the post-WWII Nuremberg Tribunal described an unprovoked war of aggression, of the kind that the Third Reich and George W. Bush launched, as the “supreme international crime, differing from other war crimes only in that it contains the accumulated evil of the whole?”

Could they have failed to tell the Pope he would be hobnobbing with war criminals, torturers and the enabling cowards in Congress who refuse to remove them from office?

For this Catholic, it was a profoundly sad spectacle — profoundly sad.

~snip~

Albert Camus

In 1948, in the shadow of that monstrous world war, the French author/philosopher Albert Camus accepted an invitation from the Dominican Monastery of Latour-Maubourg.

“For a long time during those frightful years, I waited for a great voice to speak up in Rome. I, an unbeliever? Precisely. For I knew that the spirit would be lost if it did not utter a cry of condemnation …

“It has been explained to me since, that the condemnation was indeed voiced. But that it was in the style of the encyclicals, which is not all that clear. The condemnation was voiced and it was not understood. Who could fail to feel where the true condemnation lies in this case?

“What the world expects of Christians is that Christians should speak out, loud and clear, and that they should voice their condemnation in such a way that never a doubt, never the slightest doubt, could rise in the heart of the simplest man.

This is what I was waiting for. This is what I hoped to hear. It might have restored my faith in Christianity. I wanted to hear the Pope tell bush that he was making a mistake in what he was doing, that he would be judged and his deeds as only evil. Yet the Pope did not do so. How could he not do so? In not doing this it is as though he gave a stamp of approval to what the bush administration has done. HOW COULD HE DO THAT??? Has the world gone utterly mad?

That they should get away from abstraction and confront the blood-stained face history has taken on today.

“It may be … that Christianity will insist on maintaining a compromise, or else on giving its condemnations the obscure form of the encyclical. Possibly it will insist on losing once and for all the virtue of revolt and indignation that belonged to it long ago.

“What I know — and what sometimes creates a deep longing in me — is that if Christians made up their mind to it, millions of voicesmillions, I say — throughout the world would be added to the appeal of a handful of isolated individuals, who, without any sort of affiliation, today intercede almost everywhere and ceaselessly for children and other people.” (Excerpted from Resistance, Rebellion, and Death: Essays) Printed in AlterNet.org

This may have been written for Hitler, but it is so appropriate for today. Where is the outrage of Christians everywhere for the torture this maniac has authorized? Where is the condemnation for his betrayal of America? Where is the outcry, loud and strong and clear, for the utter disregard of the USA’s Constitution or our Bill of Rights? WHY are no voices raised?

By your voicelessness do you mean to tell me that you agree with this pretender? Do you agree with torturing? What will you say to God when he asks you why you raised no objection? I certainly have. I and a few others. Are we all that stands between decency and lawlessness? Are there no others in all of Christiandom? Then I call you false, false to your God, false to your beliefs, false to all you hold holy.

By not speaking out against bush, Pope Benedict XVI has betrayed humanity and all he holds dear and God. By excusing these priests, even by apologizing for them, these priest animals, and making that more important than what this administration is doing, he has betrayed the Catholic Church and all it stands for. It shows what the state of the world is today. I am sickened by it.

In the House? Speaker Nancy Pelosi, erstwhile doyenne of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and now San Francisco, and minority leader John Boehner, R-Ohio — Catholics both — are about to allocate another hundred billion dollars to death and destruction in Iraq and Afghanistan for the most reprehensibly crass of political purposes — the coming election.

~snip~

Pelosi also has been unusually candid in admitting that it is electoral politics, pure and simple, that explain her resistance to holding President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney accountable for high crimes and misdemeanors via the orderly procedure given us by the Founders for precisely this purpose — impeachment in the House, trial in the Senate.

~snip~

Iraq is a shambles. Two million Iraqis have fled abroad; another two million are internal refugees. Am I the only one who finds macabre the raging debate as to whether the attack and occupation of Iraq has resulted in a million or “only 300,000” Iraqis dead?

Apparently, the Pope did not have any opinion on the Iraq War.

But torture?

Surely the Pope would speak out against the kind of torture for which our country has become famous: Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, CIA “black sites” — the more so, since Jesus of Nazareth was tortured to death.

The Pope chose silence, which presumably came as welcome relief to four-star torturer’s apprentice Gen. Michael Hayden, now head of the CIA.

The White House has made clear that Hayden is ready to instruct his torturers to waterboard again, upon Caesar’s approval.

Hayden proved his mettle when he was head of the National Security Agency. He saluted smartly when the president and vice president told him to disregard the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act and his oath to defend the Constitution.

One of Hayden’s predecessors as NSA director asserted that Hayden should have been court-martialed. Pelosi was briefed both on the illegal surveillance and the torture, but did nothing.

Having demonstrated his allegiance to the president, Hayden was picked to head the CIA. The general likes to brag about his moral training and Catholic credentials. At his nomination hearing, he noted that he was the beneficiary of 18 years of Catholic education.

All the while it was quite clear he was positively lusting to be in charge of waterboarding and other torture techniques — whatever you say, boss.

I was somewhat crestfallen after adding up my own years of Catholic education — only 17. Clearly I missed “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques 301.”

~snip~

While still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — the Vatican office that once ran the Inquisition. In that capacity he sent a letter in May 2001 to all Catholic bishops throwing a curtain of secrecy over the widespread sexual abuse by clergy, warning the bishops of severe penalties, including excommunication for breaching “pontifical secrets.”

Lawyers acting for the sexually abused accused Ratzinger of “clear obstruction of justice.”

~snip~

In an interview with the Catholic News Service in 2002, Ratzinger branded media coverage of the pedophilia scandal “a planned campaign … intentional, manipulated, a desire to discredit the church.”

Yup, we planned that all along, it had nothing whatsoever to do with those priests doing bad things to little children! This is your Pope!

So what did you expect?

I had hoped — naively, it turned out — that the Pope might encourage his brother bishops to find the courage to state plainly what 88 bishops of the Methodist faith, George W. Bush’s tradition, declared on Nov. 8, 2005:

“We repent of our complicity in what we believe to be the unjust and immoral invasion and occupation of Iraq. In the face of the United States administration’s rush toward military action based on misleading information, too many of us were silent.

“We confess our preoccupation with institutional enhancement and limited agendas while American men and women are sent to Iraq to kill and be killed, while thousands of Iraqi people needlessly suffer and die.”

I thought that perhaps the U.S. Catholic bishops could adopt the kind of resolution that 125 Methodist bishops signed on Nov. 9, 2007. It called for an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq and the reversal of any plans to establish permanent military bases there.

The Methodist bishops’ resolution noted: “Every day that the war continues, more soldiers and innocent civilians are killed with no end in sight to the violence, bloodshed, and carnage.” And Bishop Jack Meadors summed up the situation nicely:

“The Iraq war is not just a political issue or a military issue. It is a moral issue.”

So let me leave you with this thought, found on the entrance to the holocaust museum in West Jerusalem. “A country is not just what it does — it is also what it tolerates.”

Please read the full article, it is amazing. The author was right on target with his observations and feelings about the Pope’s visit. I couldn’t agree more.

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~ by justmytruth on April 23, 2008.

4 Responses to “Pope Benedict XVI Betrays Humanity”

  1. I absolutely agree with you. Just pointing out what everyone else seemed to miss while they were weeping and moaning during his visit.

    Thanks for stopping by and posting…

  2. Umm I hate to be the person who has to point at the sky and say, “well it’s always been blue.” However, why is it you were expecting all these recriminations and chastisements from a man who heads an organization that throughout history has been tied to and propagated some of the most horrific atrocities committed by humankind, EVER? Organized religion of any stripe is only a means of consolidating power into the hands a greedy few who pretend to act in the interest of the weak willed and easily deceived people who “follow” them. Mostly such groups are for the sole benefit of those with that power. You can point to the various “charitable” works that such entities do around the globe and say “but, this is good!” Charity like that is mostly another inexpensive way to advertise both to those forced to listen to the fire and brimstone to receive the aid, and to the people who deceive themselves by thinking there couldn’t be any ulterior motive. Any action of charity, that is pure, must be carried out personally without any attempts or expectations to engender personal gain from said actions. Regardless, when any organization causes more harm, be it directly, with indirect assistance, by silent approval, or thru dissemination of misinformation, fear mongering and segregational hate-speech, it should no longer be expected or trusted to do what’s in the best interest of people ever again. To do so only invites exploitation, usury and generally terrible consequences. Sometimes the best thing is to dismantle, destroy and reformulate those harmful influences.

  3. Oh, of course. They have NOTHING to be ashamed of huh? Not the pedophilia of the priests, not the fact that he was here peddling open borders, not the fact that he can criticize another government while living behind walls himself. Yup, I see your point, we are just picking on him and his faith.

  4. We have not had the kind of hard visit from a pope that you would like since JPII in the 80’s. Rome has learned that when it uses its voice in public it get berated. Of course Rome will be berated regardless, as you have demonstrated.

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