Pope abuses Christmas for homophobia

This music video is called Johnny Gill, Give love on Christmas.

Everywhere in the world, millions of Christians, and also millions of non-Christians, see Christmas as a festival of love.

Not so Pope Ratzinger, aka Benedict XVI.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

“Gays threaten human nature”

Friday, December 21, 2012, 20:44

In his Christmas speech the Pope said that homosexuals destroy “the essence of humankind”. Families, according to him are “threatened to the core” by opening marriage to LGBTQ couples. Previously he called gay marriages a threat to world peace.

By Scott Roberts:

21 December 2012

Pope Benedict XVI is getting into the festive spirit by taking his opposition to gay relationships to new heights.

The Catholic leader made his latest homophobic attack on Friday in his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican – one of his most important speeches of the year and one in which he dedicated to opposing equal marriage. …

Last Friday, in a message for World Day of Peace 2013, the Pope described same-sex marriage as a threat to justice and peace, adding that it will spark harm for society.

In January, the Pope warned that introducing equal marriage would risk the future of humanity itself.

So, Pope Ratzinger does not link Christmas to love. Rather, he links it to hatred of people who love each other enough to want to marry.

Accusing gay people of threatening world peace is a grave accusation indeed. People threatening world peace might start World War III, with the most horrible (nuclear) bloodshed ever.

If the pope wants to stop people threatening world peace, then he should not look at LGBTQ people. He should look at NATO generals advocating nuclear war. He should look at arms industry fat cats profiting from wars.

Then, the pope, like Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, should look at politicians like Tony Blair. George W Bush and Tony Blair started the Iraq war, basing themselves on lies. Tony Blair continued with advocating war in Iran.

While criticizing the Vatican and popes, I should also give them credit where credit is due. The present pope’s predecessor condemned the Iraq war; so did Pope Ratzinger, though less strongly so than John Paul II.

Pope Benedict meets Tony Blair during a private audience in 2006 (Photo: AP)

However, Pope Ratzinger granted Tony Blair a private audience. Many pious and peace-loving Roman Catholics lay people can only dream about ever getting a private audience with the pope. While Archbishop Tutu does not want to be on the same stage with war criminal Blair.

So, Pope Ratzinger does not treat Blair like he treats gay people. He did not treat anti-Semitic Holocaust denier Richard Williamson like he treats gay people. Quite the contrary. Williamson had been expelled from the Roman Catholic church. By re-admitting Williamson, the pope not only recognized Williamson as a Roman Catholic; but also as a Roman Catholic bishop in good standing.

The pope is far harsher on people in consensual gay relationships than on priests raping little boys and girls.

What is the source of Pope Ratzinger’s homophobia? Not Jesus Christ’s tradition. Rather the near-universal homophobia of the mid-twentieth century, when Ratzinger was young. Homophobia which killed British anti-nazi code breaker and computer inventor Alan Turing. Homophobia climaxing in nazi Germany which murdered many people in concentration camps for being gay. As a member of the Hitler Youth, young Ratzinger may very well have been indoctrinated in homophobia.

Pro-gay demonstration when pope will visit Spain

Pope Benedict XVI and condoms, cartoon

From thinkSpain:

Lesbian and gay couples will kiss in front of the Pope

Sunday, October 24, 2010

SAME-SEX couples from all over the world have planned to snog each other in the Cathedral square in Barcelona in front of the Pope next month.

A group on Facebook, Queer Kissing Flashmob, which managed to get 12,000 users to agree to go along on November 7 and display their love in public, has been shut down by Facebook, claim the organisers.

This has added more fuel to the fire, and one of the organisers, Marylène Carole, expressed her ‘disbelief’ that a couple kissing in public could be considered ‘outrageous’ in this day and age.

“It’s difficult to understand how the noble and loving act of kissing your partner can still be defined as ‘revolutionary’ in the 21st century,” she commented.

“It appears to be a form of censorship – and yet it was only started by a group of friends who have no connections to any political group or any kind of gay association.”

Those who intend to go to Barcelona on November 7 say they will make a point of kissing their other halves in the Cathedral square just as Pope Benedict XVI walks out of the door.

USA: Every time the Obama administration stands up and defends an offensive and bigoted law, it conveys a message that being gay is a weakness, a problem and a reason to be treated with less respect than everybody else: here.

USA: Newly released documents show Catholic Diocese in San Diego covered up for pedophile priests: here.

Dutch gays angry about being blamed for pedophile priests

Pope Benedict XVI and gays, cartoon

From Dutch news agency Novum:

Dutch gay organization COC angry about cardinal’s statements

April 13 2010, 16:15

AMSTERDAM – COC Netherlands

the main Dutch LGBT organization

is outraged by the comments of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

The second man in the Vatican has said that the abuse in the Catholic Church is not because of celibacy, but because of homosexual priests.

Vera Bergkamp, vice chair of COC Netherlands, has called the remarks “scandalous and contrary to statements by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.” Then, he said in the United States that there is a difference between homosexual priests and the propensity to abuse children sexually.

COC Netherlands also relies on scientific research that would indicate that there is no reason to believe that homosexual priests pose a greater risk of sexual abuse than heterosexual priests.

See also here.

Catholic Church in England and Wales criticises Vatican over homosexuality comments: here.

Vatican Enters ‘Full-Fledged Damage Control Mode’ Over Abuse: here.

Multiple cases of sexual abuse within the ranks of the Catholic Church have been covered up and suppressed by those in the very highest offices, including the Pope himself: here.

US Senate Passes Feingold Resolution Condemning Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill and Similar Efforts Worldwide: here.

Pope’s rehabilitation of Holocaust negationist causes indignation

This video is the film Shoah about the Holocaust, by Claude Lanzmann, Part 1/4.

From DPA news agency in Germany:

27.01.2009 Berlin: Central Council of Jews considers dialogue with Roman Catholic church to be in danger

Iffy Rehabilitation

After the rehabilitation of the traditionalist bishop Richard Williamson, who has denied the existence of gas chambers during nazi times, the Central Council of Jews in Germany considers that the dialogue with the Roman Catholic church is in danger. «For me as a survivor, it is impossible right now to continue the dialogue», the president of the Central Council, Ms Charlotte Knobloch, told the news broadcaster N24 in Berlin on Tuesday. …

The Central Council of German Sinti and Roma declared that it stood in solidarity with the protest of the Jewish community. The church ought to change its attitude about its even today still ambiguous digestion of its own history during nazi times. It ought to completely open up its archives at last, Central Council president, Romani Rose, declared.

See also here.

Israeli rabbi’s reaction: here.

German police crack down on neonazi movement: here.

Jewish anti Hitler resistance in Belarus: here.

Belarus in World War II: here.

Jewish organizations against pope on ‘anti-Semitic’ Latin mass

This is a video of French television on an anti Le Pen demonstration in Toulouse, France, 25 03 2007 .

From British weekly The Observer:

Pope’s move on Latin mass ‘a blow to Jews’

Jason Burke in Paris

Sunday July 8, 2007

Jewish leaders and community groups criticised Pope Benedict XVI strongly yesterday after the head of the Roman Catholic Church formally removed restrictions on celebrating an old form of the Latin mass which includes prayers calling for the Jews to ‘be delivered from their darkness’ and converted to Catholicism.

In a highly controversial concession to traditionalist Catholics, Pope Benedict said that he had decided to allow parish priests to celebrate the Latin Tridentine mass if a ‘stable group of faithful’ request it – though he stressed that he was in no way undoing the reforms of the Sixties Second Vatican Council which allowed the mass to be said in vernacular languages for the first time.

Those ‘traditionalist Catholics’ are often anti-Semitic and extreme Right. Like Mel Gibson and his father in Australia.

In France, the followers of the late Archbishop Lefebvre have connections to the National Front of Le Pen. Is Pope Benedict doing a move like French President Sarkozy?

Not only British, but also French Roman Catholic clergy are unhappy with the pope’s decision in this.

The sixteenth century Tridentine mass speaks about ‘faithless Jews’. One should never talk like that; certainly not in a text, elevated by church authority to being a ‘sacred’ text.

Dutch criticism of Benedict XVI on Islam

This video is called Gay Message to the Pope.

Dutch conservative to liberal “quality” daily NRC-Handelsblad has on today’s page 9, four criticisms of Pope Benedict XVI’s controversial speech on Islam.

(For which the pope himself has, by now, apologized … well … sort of … to an extent unique in papal history).

The editorial there has as its title “Unnecessary provocation”.

In it, the NRC‘s editorial board states:

On the eve of a visit to Turkey, to go back to a historically charged time with a quotation prone to be read out of context, is an unnecessary provocation.

Besides, the history of the Roman Catholic church is replete with coercion and violence.

So, modesty would have been better.

Veteran columnist Jan Blokker writes: “Would the Holy Father, with his unbelievable erudition, not very easily have been able to produce one hundred quotations on his pious theme [of the abuse of religion for violence], without the need to include even one mention of Muslims?”

Peter Raedts, professor in medieval history of the Roman Catholic university of Nijmegen, writes that in the relationship between faith and reason, in which the pope‘s speech favourably contrasts Christianity to Islam, the pope’s speech is historically wrong.

M.D. Koster writes: “Why put the blame solely on the supposed evil of the Other”?

Australian criticism: here.

Benedict XVI vs. Latin American liberation theology: here.