The Vatican: As Always, On Top of the Important Stuff

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.

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11 thoughts on “The Vatican: As Always, On Top of the Important Stuff

  1. Yeah, but you and I both know that the plagues, floods, and fires are each caused by teh gays.

  2. That was righteous, A.
    Jesus’ two great commandments: Love God. Love your neighbor as yourself.

  3. Good grief. And of course, this is coming from the man who is POSING FOR A POPE CALENDAR. Yep, 12 months of Pope Hitler Youth in Prada shoes.
    (I heard it on NPR this morning.)
    Also read over at Sully’s place that the priest in charge of drafting the Vatican’s official position as to why even gay CELIBATE priests couldn’t be in the clergy, is himself being sued for…you guessed it, fucking some dude who came to him for counseling.
    Boy am I sick of religion. Seriously.
    ps–have I mentioned how much fun I had over here Election Night? It was awesome. THANKS!!!!!!!

  4. but but but that’s the HOLY LAND. um,…not going there. will not use hole…

  5. Well, it *is* kind of a slap in the face to hold a gay pride parade right in the middle of a Catholic stronghold like Jerusalem. I mean, really, what were they thinking?

  6. Yeah, I remember all those times in the New Testament where Jesus talked about how terrible homosexuality was, how it was the worst possible sin. I remember the story where He flogged the gays out of the Temple because they were desecrating it by their behavior.
    Oh, wait. My bad. It was the moneychangers He flogged out of the Temple. And he didn’t say anything at all about gays. Precious little about all the particular kinds of “morality” that so upset the hierarchy of the church, for that matter.
    Perhaps the Pope could take a good look at the Bible, especially the New Testament, before he shoots his mouth off and makes himself look like an idiot.

  7. I read this, and was so angry I had to walk away from the computer. It’s been eating at me since last night.
    The standard for freedom of expression is not offending religious people? They’re offended I, an atheist, even exist!
    So many offensive things are done in the name of religion (have you seen that purity ball video Amanda’s got posted over at Pandagon, and don’t even get me started on the killing and violence done in god’s name) and one must tiptoe around calling them on it because criticizing religion is just not something we do. Please.
    I know, I’m incoherent. I’m just so angry about this. I used to be a Christian, and I remember the patriarchical bullshit, and the fear of sex, but I just don’t remember the hate. I do remember Jesus being about love – and something about not throwing stones.
    This is just fucked up.

  8. Jeez for people who love to talk about love and forgivness, they sure are mean and bitter…
    Time to kick Ratzo to the curb and charge him rent…

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