Monday, April 04, 2005

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/04/04/pope.contradictions.reut/: CNN, Pope's Reign Full of Contradictions, Critics Say

So-called Catholic "reformers" are featured in this thinly-veiled editorial by the "reporters" over at CNN. The liberal Catholics cited in the article claim that the Pope was a hypocrite for advocating human rights while at the same time opposing priests marrying, women clergy, contraception, and abortion.

I guess it all comes down to how you define "human rights." What is implied in this article is that the Pope couldn't logically oppose a Communist tyranny in the former USSR without also acting as a booster for abortion. This makes no sense. After all, the Communists support forced abortions, which the Pope opposes; therefore, he is perfectly consistent.

For all of you atheists out there, an explanation of the Pope's hypocrisy is in order. You see, the Pope is sort of limited by this book called the Bible, which requires him to do stuff that isn't always what you would define as cool. He's also limited by this thing called the Catholic Church, which also isn't always very cool. Because of these things, the Pope can't do things that non-Catholics can do. For example, he can't have sex with other people (men or women) and he can't ask someone to get an abortion. In a sense, this whole religion thing is violating the Pope's "human rights."

I guess that's just his cross to bear.
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