In his latest book on Jesus (the final part of his trilogy!), Pope Benedict XVI has apparently declared that he does not believe there were oxen or a donkey at the birth of Jesus, stating “There is no mention of animals in the Gospels”. Convincing stuff. If it’s not in the Bible, it must not be true!
To celebrate this monumental achievement of historical research, I have decided to dedicate today’s article to other things The Pope doesn’t believe in. Don’t worry, he still believes in the virgin birth and the resurrection. They ARE in the Bible!
Though the Pope’s stance on the issue has softened slightly when it comes to the spread of HIV and AIDs (though he still maintains that condoms are “not really the way to deal with the evil of HIV infection”), he does not believe they should be used to prevent pregnancy.
To quote The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “The idea that anyone could deduce from the words of Benedict XVI that it is somehow legitimate, in certain situations, to use condoms to avoid an unwanted pregnancy is completely arbitrary and is in no way justified either by his words or in his thought”.
As well as not allowing you prevent getting pregnant, he also does not believe in allowing a woman to choose what happens to her body. In his words, abortion “kills the child, destroys the woman and blinds the conscience of the child’s father”.
Despite being seemingly desperate for people to have as many children as possible, The Pope is also against artificial insemination, stating that marriage “constitutes the only ‘place’ worthy of the call to existence of a new human being”.
Pre-Marital Sex and Cohabitation
It’s no secret that The Catholic Church opposes pre-marital sex, but even so it seems a bit extreme for The Pope to refer to such things as “gravely sinful” and “damaging to the stability of society”.
Stem Cell Research
Despite the potential for medical advances and the lessening of human suffering The Pope too does not believe in stem cell research, claiming it “shattered the barriers meant to protect human dignity”.
Ordination of Women
Despite being over a decade into the 21st century, The Catholic Church is still a highly sexist organisation and discriminatory towards women. Whilst some priests are trying to push the Church forward to somewhere near the beginning of the 20th Century, The Pope has pushed back, hard. Calling for a “radicalism of obedience” he supported the late Pope John Paul II and his 1994 letter which stated the church does not believe in the ordination of women and has “has no authority whatsoever” to do so.
Again, this is no secret. Recently he called for the traditional concept of marriage (ie the discriminatory one) to be “defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature”.”
Yes, The Pope believes in evolution! Even though it isn’t in the Bible! If he can believe in evolution why not oxen and a donkey? What they ever do to deserve being shunned?!
Speaking on the topic of the creationism vs evolution “debate”, he said “This clash is an absurdity because on one hand there is much scientific proof in favour of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.” So perhaps he isn’t completely insane. Oh wait, he also doesn’t believe in…
Punishing child abusers
I think this article says enough.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and maybe even learned a little something. I know I did!