Pope turns tables on critics – thestar.com

http://www.thestar.com/News/article/295577

In a 130-page “apostolic exhortation” issued last year, the Pope reasserted the church’s opposition to abortion, euthanasia and gay marriages, calling these values “non-negotiable.” And he insisted that Catholic politicians had a duty to defend the church’s teachings.

Another example (after my Mitt Romney post last week) of why it’s a bad idea to elect people of faith, and especially dangerous to elect those who are blind followers. In his apostolic exhortation (a “fatwa” by another name), Pope Ratzinger hints menacingly at excommunication for those Catholic leaders who contradict his fundamentalist positions. (Those years in the Hitler Youth weren’t all wasted, then…) For a true believer, there is no worse condemnation than being denied an imaginary afterlife, and most would prefer to continue inhumane and degrading treatment of their fellow humans in exchange for their own personal salvation. Oh, for a politician who will stand up and proudly admit to being an atheist!

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