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The Pope gets it!

September 10, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Pope gave a talk in Germany today:

“Put simply, we are no longer able to hear God ­ there are too many frequencies filling our ears,” he told the crowd, at a former airport on the outskirts of this city where he once served as archbishop. “What is said about God strikes us as pre-scientific, no longer suited for our age.”

Damn straight! That’s what I’ve been saying. Nice to see the Pope come around to the idea that gods are an outdated idea for explaining why the sun comes up.

What? There’s more? Crap.

“People in Africa and Asia admire our scientific and technical prowess, but at the same time they are frightened by a form of rationality that totally excludes God from man’s vision,” he said.

That may be, but our rationality doesn’t lead us to attempt to dissuade people at risk for HIV infection from using birth control.

“They do not see the real threat to their identity in the Christian faith,” he said, “but in the contempt for God and the cynicism that considers mockery of the sacred to be an exercise of freedom and that holds up utility as the supreme moral criterion for the future of scientific research.”

Remember that: if you think mocking religious beliefs is free speech, you hate God. What stunning logic that is. And of course, utility isn’t the only concern in scientific research. Scientists have ethics and a respect for human life. They don’t strap unwilling patients down and experiment on them. I know, I know, the Pope thinks a ball of cells the size of dust speck is a person, and that’s adorable, but the grownups have work to do.

The Times article continues with a little reaction from the crowd:

But one man, Gerhard Huber, 35, said that while he liked the pope, he struggled to understand exactly what he was saying. “A little bit too intellectual for me,” he said

That’s rather frightening, if you ask me. A throng of adoring followers, some of whom can’t even understand the elementary points the Pope is making…yikes. Let’s hope that t-shirt about stupid people in large groups isn’t always accurate.

“I know that in our pluralistic world it is no easy thing in schools to bring up the subject of faith,” he said. “But it is hardly enough for our children and young people to learn technical knowledge and skills alone, and not the criteria that give knowledge and skill their direction and meaning.

I always assumed that was what happened after school and in those big pretty buildings with the funny windows. Apparently that’s just not enough. If only God had taken a couple more days off, then we could have more church!

“Encourage your children and students not only to raise questions about particular things, but also to ask about the why and the wherefore of life as a whole,” he added. “Help them to realize that answers that do not finally lead to God are insufficient.”

How do we know answers leading to God are insufficient? Stop asking questions, silly.

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