Consider what Pope Benedict’s organization did to freethinkers and scientists during the days of the witch hunts and human sacrifices. The Catholic Church murdered and tortured thousands of deep thinkers and thereby stultified and fossilized human thought and curiosity. Humans should have evolved into a spiritual entity by now.
Left to me, I would do to him what the church did to Galileo. I would place him under house arrest in one of his many mansions—the church loves real estate. He could take care of his Ratzinger Foundation, that’s fine, but the scholarship kids get their choice of school, non-parochial preferred. Otherwise, he has to keep his mouth shut. Galileo couldn’t even talk to his daughter.
How can the pope go to Africa and tell the people NOT to use birth control? Consider the poor country of Malawi, for example. Malawi, a tiny country near east coast of Africa, is one of the least developed and most densely populated countries in the world. Out of a total population of around 15 million, five million are dying of starvation and the country is wracked by AIDS. In spite of all the premature death— life expectancy is 43 years—the country is growing in population at the rate of 2.8% per year.
The conditions in Malawi and much of the entire continent of Africa are an insult to reason. It’s as if Pope Benedict VI gets something out of human suffering and tribulation. The population of Malawi is 80% Roman Catholic with another 13% Muslim, who believe Allah will bless them for every baby they conceive.
As humans continue to cover Africa and the rest of the world like bacteria on a rotting apple, precious wildlife populations continue to plunge. Eastern lowland gorillas have been devastated 70% since 1994. Starving tribesman actually kill gorillas for what they call bush meat. There are less than 1000 white rhinos and countless other species on the brink of extinction.
The pope believes that’s okay because animals don’t have a soul. Humans come first and many Catholic theologians believe the Earth can sustain 30 billions souls. So what if all the narrowly endemic animals are gone; the more voices lifted in prayer the more pleasing it is to God.
See my post “Why I’m a Militant Non-Believer
.” By illegally manipulating the Bush/Kerry election of 2004, the pope condemned present and future humanity to the mischief of an incompetent corporate stooge.