Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Pope takes a page from Phelps' book

According to CBC article, the pope has announced that Canada's low birth rate is due to "pervasive effects of secularism."

This sounds much like the prophecies of Fred Phelps in which he presumes that soldiers killed in America is due to a lack of Christian values, or tsunamis killing millions is because God hates Indonesia.

The Pope also made a few other unintelligent statements:
The pontiff's comments to visiting bishops from Canada echoed his statements last month to members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, when he said that a lack of true love was behind an increase in failed marriages and a decrease in birth rates in much of the developed world.
Apparently the Pope hasn't gotten the word that it doesn't take a belief in a sky god to be a good person and love someone else. Perhaps he's also ignorant of the fact that (at least in America) the rate of failed marriages is highest amongst Christians.

Benedict has spoken out several times in favour of large families and called for legislation to help support families with children.
Not everyone wants to continue overpopulating the world because God got distracted and hasn't retracted his "be fruitful and multiply" commandment.

5 comments:

The Ridger, FCD said...

O fer... hasn't anybody told this man that until recently nobody married for true love? Or maybe they have, and he's really arguing for arranged marriages again, with "lack of true love" not being an excuse for divorce?

Tom said...

His Holiness also seems to be calling for government assistance for large families, something the conservative Christian base would, one would thing, be against--nanny state and all--but those kinds of voters never read the fine print anyway.

GMWnKCMO said...

You may have seen James Randi's indignant reaction to Pope JPII's visit to Cuba and his remarks about atheists, along these same lines (no surprise.)
It's in the archives at his place and quite worth the hunt. He makes the same point (although expanded) about living a good life without the threat of eternal dread whatevers.

Redbeard said...

You know, with a word, Pope Ratzo can allow priests to marry and command them to multiply like crazy.

But, this demand that other people have more kids can only come from an unmarried man who has never had to soothe a crying baby 3 times in the middle of the night for months on end. Never had to change diapers day in and day out.

An unmarried man whose travel, clothing, room and board are paid for by millions of people poorer than he.

GMWnKCMO said...

You may have seen James Randi's indignant reaction to Pope JPII's visit to Cuba and his remarks about atheists, along these same lines (no surprise.)
It's in the archives at his place and quite worth the hunt. He makes the same point (although expanded) about living a good life without the threat of eternal dread whatevers.