New Pope, No Hope.

More on the selection of Ratzinger as the new Pope, from the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Matt Foreman—a Catholic himself.

“Today, the princes of the Roman Catholic Church elected as Pope a man whose record has been one of unrelenting, venomous hatred for gay people, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. In fact, during the reign of John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger was the driving force behind a long string of pronouncements using the term ‘evil’ to describe gay people, homosexuality, and marriage equality. As a long-time Catholic from a staunchly Catholic family, I know that the history of the church is full of shameful, centuries-long chapters involving vilification, persecution, and violence against others. Someday, the church will apologize to gay people as it has to others it has oppressed in the past. I very much doubt that this day will come during this Pope’s reign. In fact, it seems inevitable that this Pope will cause even more pain and give his successors even more for which to seek atonement.”

From American Leftist comes more good news.

Ratzinger’s not merely passingly anti-gay, he’s the author of the Vatican’s statement against gay marriage. He also condemned Buddhism, Hinduism and other Eastern religions as offering “false hope” through “auto-erotic spirituality”.

“Auto-erotic spirituality”? So, as a Buddhist does that make me a metaphysical masturbator?

Anyway, I think we know what to expect from this Pope: more of the same…and probably worse.

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One Response to New Pope, No Hope.

  1. MindyC says:

    I do believe my favorite phrase is “auto-erotic spirituality.” I’m going to use it all the time. “Hi there! I’m an auto-erotic spiritualist! Would you like to meditate with me?”

    This is a sad day for the Catholic Church. I had so much hope that the cardinals would pick someone a little more liberal and willing to bring the Church back together.

    Oh, well. At 78, he’s not going to have a long term. Certainly not 26 years.

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