Regular readers of Sparrow Chat will be well aware of the opinion of this writer on matters of organized religion. There are two distinct ways to control and manipulate the human species. Both have been practiced and perfected over millennia. One is via the political process, and the other is through religion.
Quite what it is that draws thousands of otherwise normal human beings to assemble en masse before a gray-haired old geezer in a frock coat and silly hat, while he spouts a load of mumbo-jumbo in the guise of producing a saint out of a long-dead monk unknown to 99% of humanity, is beyond normal comprehension. Nevertheless, that is what happened in Sao Paulo, Brazil this very day.
Years ago, as a young boy, I remember watching on TV, black and white film shot by explorers in Africa. The quaint rituals of witch-doctors were fascinating to a child experiencing such strange wonders for the first time, so different from the mundanity of everyday British life. The antics of Pope Benedict the whatever, share a startling similarity with those voodoo witchdoctor’s rituals that held me spellbound fifty years ago.
Part of the ritual involved this Catholic Pontiff embracing a women and her son. The woman had a uterine malformation that should have prevented her from bearing children, but after swallowing paper with a Latin prayer inscribed on it, the lady became pregnant. Friar Galvao, the Church of Rome’s latest No 1 hit in the Top Ten of Catholic Saints, is credited with inventing the idea, though how the good lady managed to swallow one of his Latin prayers for lunch is a mystery, given that Friar Galvao lived in the eighteenth century.
The more serious aspect of Benedict’s visit to Brazil has to to do with his biased opinions regarding abortion, and the state’s intention to legalize the operation. Benedict doesn’t approve, and is attempting to dissuade the government from its actions. Today, during the canonization of long-rotted Friar Galvao, the hypocrite Pope encouraged his flock to help the needy “in an age so full of hedonism”
“Hedonism” is the pursuit of happiness or pleasure as the chief good in life. Pope Benedict the whatever doesn’t want us to be happy. He believes pleasure is a sin. He wants us all to be miserable, just as he isn’t. He has all the trappings of luxury: fine food, beautiful villas, magnificent works of art, everything his heart desires, but he expects his flock to seek misery, poverty, unhappiness.
Never mind if an unwanted pregnancy ruins the life of a young woman; it’s God’s will that she should die from a back-street abortion rather than be granted modern medical care. Never mind that it’s the dogma of a bigoted old fool that caused her pregnancy, by denying her the contraception that would have prevented it. Never mind that it’s the dogma of a bigoted old fool who says she should deny her natural desires and instincts, and not have sex unless she is married according to the dictates of the old fool.
The old fool will tell you it’s God’s will.
How does he know it’s God’s will, when the rest of us haven’t a clue what God’s will is, or even if “God” exists at all?
If there is one person on this planet that can answer that question satisfactorily, then I personally will ordain that person a saint.
I defy anyone to answer it, because the old fool is just an old fool, and those who flock to hear his rantings are even greater fools than he.
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