Thursday, July 17, 2008

Pope said what...?

"How can it be that the most wondrous and sacred human space, the womb, has become a place of unutterable violence?"

Pope Benedict XVI
Sydney, Australia
July 18, 2008 (World Youth Day)


Oh, hmm, I can't think how... certainly the Church had nothing to do with it! (/sarcasm)

Though to be fair it wasn't only the Church, the Hebrews started a lot of it in the Middle East, and centuries of legalized marital rape and other misogynistic practices throughout the world in a myriad different cultural and religious culture also contributed their own little pieces to the puzzle.

I am having a hard time understanding why the Pope said this. Yes, it was in the context of him condemning abortion, but he still said it, and I'm pretty sure the Church teaches that the body is sinful, and of no spiritual consequence. Interesting, isn't it, that he would actually say the womb is the most "sacred human space." I guess he is qualifying this space as human, which according to Church doctrine is really not all that holy at all. So his bases seem to be covered.

Unbelievable, that the Holy See could essentially say, out loud: "where does misogyny and the degradation of the sacred feminine come from?" Dude, look in your library. I've heard it's huge. Of course, the Vatican Library website says the library is to be closed for the next 3 years for renovation. Doing some more of that famous Catholic "cleaning?"

Maybe you could you re-insert a few of those stolen gospels and texts that affirm and celebrate the concept of the sacred feminine (or, God forbid, the Goddess!) back on the shelves while you're at it? It was Constantine who took them out after all, and not until 3 centuries post-Jesus. If they haven't all been destroyed by now, anyway...

gotta love religion... and fear... and book burning...

but on the other side, millions of people love and are inspired by the Pope, he does also bring messages of love, and peace. and he adores cats.

it would be so much easier if that part weren't true.

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