So the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared, and what do we have? Another old white bloke as pope. Well there’s a bloody shock.
I’m not going to go on about time for a black pope, but here’s a newsflash, people vote for their own, so a group of old white blokes are always only ever going to vote for an old white bloke.
Apparently, the new bloke is a jesuit.
I understand that this is one of those little sub-groups who differ from one of the other little sub-groups. They all agree that angels dance on the head of a pin, but they think that they do the Harlem Shake, rather than doing it Gangnam Style, or something.
I don’t care if he’s a moderniser or a reformer, or a traditionalist or a conservative. It matters not a jot to me.
I don’t care if the Catholic church, or any church for that matter, has a no poofs, no chicks rule. It is of no consequence to me. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; if you are gay and/or a woman, why would you want to be a member of this bizarre club that so hates you?
I just happened to have Sky News on when the old white smoke came pouring out. The crowd started cheering. I don’t know why, they didn’t know who’d been elected, it could have been Robert bloody Mugabe for all they knew. There were thousands of people cheering because some dude had been put in charge of an organisation that does nothing but dictate, and people choose to follow them, regardless. All very odd.
They had a little parade of voiceovers from guys who were this and that in the church, and they gave an appraisal of the character of each of the front runners. It was sickeningly fawning. Not just from the church guys, but from the reporter as well. It was all along the lines of ‘I met him once, and was deeply moved by his. . .’ whatever. Were you bollocks. Yes, I understand, you were looking after your job, that’s human nature.
I’ve been quite critical of the whole thing, in the main on my personal (real ID) facebook page. I’ve attracted some opprobrium as a result. I’ve been asked, by text and private message why I ‘hate God’, why am I being so horrible about a man who I don’t know, and is God’s rep here?
Well, I don’t hate God. I find myself in a situation where I dismiss religion almost out of hand, yet I’m not opposed to the idea of God. The thing is, the pope is no more God’s rep than I am. God, we are told, is omnipotent, so why does he need an agent?
Let us suppose for a moment that Jesus existed, and I’m actually quite happy to do so. Whether he was the son of God is a different matter.
When I see Jesus, I see a simple guy, born to a working class family with as near to bugger all as makes no difference. When I look at the pope, I see a guy with a huge palace, a throne, a private army and wealth beyond imagination. I mean, the lifestyle of the pope and his cardinals are as far removed from Jesus’ as it is possible to imagine, and the church promotes Jesus’ simple lifestyle. No-one, with the possible exception of Martin Luther has questioned this, as far as I can see, and it isn’t as if the Protestant hierarchy are living in a cardboard box under the Hammersmith flyover.
The fawning attitude is bizarre. This is an organisation which, just off the top of my head, has waged war in the middle east that we still see the legacy of today, has employed torture, has killed people in horrific ways for having a different opinion or even having the temerity to ask some reasonable questions. In recent years, we’ve seen them turn a blind eye at best to the holocaust, employ women who were single mothers or just were prepared to voice an opinion on things as slave labour in laundries, oversaw the spread of AIDS because they’d rather their followers die in agony than use a contraceptive, have instituted the sexual abuse of children on an almost industrial scale, and have sought to frustrate any attempt to investigate and prosecute this act.
‘Oh!’ the Catholic followers scream in despair, ‘you can’t tar them all with the same brush.’
Bullshit, this crap has been going on, and has been known about, for years. Name me one other organisation that would act like this and survive, either because government had taken action, or because a mob had taken to the streets and burned them out. People continue to join this organisation, and as far as I’m concerned, anyone who wants to become a member is condoning that behaviour. You wouldn’t join the IRA or ETA for the hurling and pelota, would you?
Not only the sexual abuse, but they get small children and inflict the most appalling emotional and mental abuse on them as well. You’d better love this bloke or you’re going to burn in the fires of hell. He died for you. He was nailed up. All because of your sins, which you’ve not even committed yet, but here’s a list of them.
They peddle disease, slavery and guilt.
If you’re woman, you can be an associate member, but know your place. If you’re gay, Jesus still loves you, but you’re still going to hell anyway, because nothing is worse than putting your penis into another man’s bottom. It’s obviously important, because it was right at the top of the list on those tablets Moses got, wasn’t it? No poofs. That was the biggie?
Oh, no. It wasn’t. Thou shall not kill. That was biggie.
It should have been: Thou shall not kill*.
*Subject to terms and conditions, unless you say or do something the church doesn’t like, ask an awkward question, look at your inquisitor in a funny way, or for any other reason where the church decides it is OK for you to be offed.
They peddle disease, slavery, guilt, bigotry, intolerance and death.
‘Ah, yes, but the Jews. . . the Muslims. . . the Proddies.’ I don’t care, I’m not talking about those idiots, I’m talking about you. Just because others did this shit too doesn’t make it alright for you to do it.
All the while they try to tell us their Head Paedo is infallible.
You put your faith in this organisation? Really? You think this organisation is a force for good? Well, I’m sorry to tell you that your faith is a joke, and not a very funny one at that.
The church is not God. They tell you that they speak for God, and you believe them. How can you be so credulous, so servile? Do you have such little self-respect? That’s probably because you had it preached, and in a few cases, beaten and raped out of you as a child.
So, no forgive me, I will accord this organisation no respect at all, and I will be actively hostile towards any person who wants to run it, they’ve been put there by the people who have made this situation so, they are one of them. Name me one of the cardinals who has spoken out, properly, passionately, violently about the evils perpetrated by their organisation. Not some half-arsed mumblings about ‘regrettable incidents’, but with the same strength of feeling they use when they’re telling us our souls are going to burn for eternity in the fires of hell if we don’t do exactly what they tell us.
No? Not one? Thought not.
They disgust me.