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Pope Benedict denounces god!

Good news, everyone! In a new encyclical that reveals the papacy is feeling the heat from all those vocal atheists, the pope makes a startling admission:

Reciting arguments made by atheists, he said: “A world marked by so much injustice, innocent suffering and cynicism of power cannot be the work of a good God. A God with responsibility for such a world would not be a just God, much less a good God.

Exactly. Good on yer, Ratzi. I knew you’d see the light someday.

The rest of it is pious noise, about what you’d expect from the lunatic leader of a globe-spanning cult of ridiculous mythology, and I give bugger all for what a puffed-up theologian in funny robes says. Those two sentences, though, give me some hope that his rational humanity might someday shine through.

Nah. Just kidding. That’ll never happen.

Comments

  1. #1 Sastra, OM
    November 30, 2007

    I saw the same thing inkadu and Jason Failes did — partly because of a misreading.

    “We have all witnessed the way in which progress, in the wrong hands, can become and has indeed become a terrifying progress in evil. If technical progress is not matched by corresponding progress in man’s ethical formation, in man’s inner growth, then it is not progress at all, but a threat for man and for the world,” he said.

    I read too fast, and missed the sentence on the Pope urging hope for the future. I thought the “he” who made the statement referred to someone from Italy’s Union of Atheists, Agnostics and Rationalists (UAAR), in the earlier quote. How nice, they’re actually letting atheists expand their rebuttal a bit. Oh. Wait. That was that other guy.

    How is it “progress in man’s ethical formation” to hark back to the morals of a culture which believed in authority, servitude, superstition, and blood sacrifice as foundational values?

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?, OM
    November 30, 2007

    the only people NOT compl[a]cent in evil are the committed misanthropes who hate everybody without exception.

    Caledonian wins the Holy Grail.

  3. #3 David Marjanovi?, OM
    November 30, 2007

    the only people NOT compl[a]cent in evil are the committed misanthropes who hate everybody without exception.

    Caledonian wins the Holy Grail.

  4. #4 David Marjanovi?, OM
    November 30, 2007

    How do you say bullshit in Church Latin?

    Merda bovis? Hm… merda tauri is probably closer.

    (But then, the phrase doesn’t even exist in a language as close to English as German, so…)

    And hell, at least I wasn’t in the Hitler Youth. Triple-neener.

    Had you been at the wrong age in the wrong time and place, you would have been in the Hitler Youth. From something like 1938 onwards, it was not optional, and even before the bullying was immense.

    as if their style guide was Aquinas.

    What makes you think Aquinas, the doctor angelicus, is not their style guide? :-)

  5. #5 David Marjanovi?, OM
    November 30, 2007

    How do you say bullshit in Church Latin?

    Merda bovis? Hm… merda tauri is probably closer.

    (But then, the phrase doesn’t even exist in a language as close to English as German, so…)

    And hell, at least I wasn’t in the Hitler Youth. Triple-neener.

    Had you been at the wrong age in the wrong time and place, you would have been in the Hitler Youth. From something like 1938 onwards, it was not optional, and even before the bullying was immense.

    as if their style guide was Aquinas.

    What makes you think Aquinas, the doctor angelicus, is not their style guide? :-)

  6. #6 DLC
    November 30, 2007

    Could we get an “equal time” statement from Dawkins, or that hugely amusing Pat Condrell ?

  7. #7 Ichthyic
    November 30, 2007

    Balls, Chutzpah, gall, and incendiary isolationism. Not good, not good at all.

    interesting that the clergy chose him to destroy, er i mean LEAD Catholicism in the new century.

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