Memo to Pope Benedict XVI. Holy Father, people are starving, plus there’s war, genocide, AIDS, and Kevin Federline is about to be a single man again. In other words, we haveproblems up in here today. Couldja maybe get to work on them and spend a little less time using your considerably large and public bullhorn to say pointless things likethis:
“It is with bitterness that we have learned that the day after tomorrow, November 10, 2006, there is scheduled in Jerusalem a so-called ‘gay pride parade’,” the Vatican said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
In a letter to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, the Vatican urged authorities to withdraw permission for the parade which is expected to attract up to 8,000 people.
“The Holy See has reiterated on many occasions that the right to freedom of expression, sanctioned by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is subject to just limits, in particular when the exercise of this right would offend the religious sentiments of believers,” the letter said.
As to this standard of what offends religious believers, focusing on gay pride parades while the world is burning down offends the living hell out of me, but I suppose I’m not the sort of believer His Holiness had in mind.