Fat Steve's Blatherings

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Pope Silliness

      One of the other amusing aspects of John Paul's death is the people who criticize "his views" on sex, abortion, women priests, etc.

      The story is always spun as if this was some weird personal preference of the Pope's, or maybe a policy that the Pontiff sets, and can change at will.

      In fact, his "beliefs" are the beliefs of Christianity for 2000 years, along with (for the most part) Judaism for even longer, and Islam's throughout its history too.

      The Catholic Church as an institution is dedicated to the proposition that certain things it teaches are true.  It's possible to disagree with those propositions, but it's idiotic to expect the Church to say 'What was true yesterday is now false.'

      It's worth noting that most of the people who advocate this course are political liberals.  There, too, they think that reality is something that can be altered by majority vote.

      I don't know what will happen next, but I do know that the next Pope will no more embrace this silliness than the last Pope.  And the liberals will continue whining.



  • Well, the Church did eventually get over the "earth is the centre of the universe and is flat" theory.

    Took a while, though. Imagine, the Church endorsing the theories of pagans like Aristotle and the rest of that bunch.

    By Anonymous Leon Jester, at 7:20 PM  

  • Leon:

          The Church never endorsed the theory that the world was flat. There were clergy who thought that, especially during the Dark Ages, but the Catholic Church as an institution took no stand.

          As for the Earth being at the center of the Universe, if you read Arthur Koestler's The Sleepwalkers, you'll find that the Church got pulled into that controversy much against it's will.  And Pietro Redondi's Galileo: Heretic makes a good case that the famous trial was really a blind, to prevent Galileo from being tried on more serious charges.

          But every religion needs its mythic heros, and the Church of Scientism is no exception.

    By Blogger Stephen M. St. Onge, at 11:16 PM  

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