Alyrium Denryle wrote:
Tommy J wrote:
Crossroads Inc. wrote:
As a Catholic myself, I obviously feel for his situation. And I can understand why there’s a lot of animosity toward him. But one has to remember; in his early days he has done a lot of good. Most people are only going to look at him and think of the sex scandals, the obviously backwards decisions concerning reproductions and we Gays…
But this is also they guy who is responsible for a LOT of forward thinking reforms. Sure Catholics in general may reform slower then snails, but we have him to think for some of those changes.
Crossroads, the man goes to third world countries and speaks against the use of birth control methods and tells his Catholics followers it's a sin to use any form of birth control. And lest us not forget his visits to Africa and speaking against the use of condoms on a continent that is dieing from aids. I find these actions almost akin to aiding in someone's murder.
WHile at the same time preaching abstinence from sex. Neither condom use, nor abstinence will realistically happen in africa.
You need to remember, these are VERY poor people we are dealing with who, in many villages still live in mud huts with thatched roofs with no electricity or running water, where genocide happens every other week. Sex is one of the only releases they have from a very stressfull existence(maybe they should be put down... a cookie to whoever gets the reference) so abstinence wont happen in those very poor communities. It may in the wealthier areas(few as they are)
Condom use probably wont happen either for reasons of procreation, and due to poverty.
The africans are fucked either way.
Yes, these are the same people who believe that having sex with virgins will cure them of AIDS. There are only two things that will fix the African situation, and that's a century of intensive economic development and education (which won't happen until the African nations get caring, uncorrupt leadership, which probably won't happen for another half-century at least.)
The other solution is liberal application of the Shep Solution, followed by a hopefully less-intensive education and development for those who were smart enough to duck and cover.
And on the Pope. Say what you will about him, but he did a lot to drag the Church into the 19th century and maybe even the early 20th. The next few Popes are liable to be violently reactionary old, doddering Italians. It will, sadly, take a long time until we see another pope as progressive (this is entirely relative,) as John Paul II.