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The Pope on tour

I see the person with the world’s lowest merit to fame ratio is out and about. I wonder what he has to say?

“A new generation of Christians is being called to help build a world in which God’s gift of life is welcomed, respected, and cherished — not rejected, feared as a threat and destroyed,” the pope told a congregation estimated by the organizers at 400,000 gathered at a Sydney racecourse and nearby park.

Yes, they’ll build a world where God’s “gifts” are welcome and denial of such things will be rejected, feared as a threat and destroyed. I look forward to it.

“In so many of our societies, side by side with material prosperity, a spiritual desert is spreading: an interior emptiness, an unnamed fear, a quiet sense of despair,” he warned.

The Pope knows this because of his extensive interaction with your average member of such societies, which is done via telepathy from the Vatican. I guess.

He said that in the absence of God, “what was ostensibly promoted as human ingenuity soon manifests itself as folly, greed and selfish exploitation.”

Well, it’s nice that he’s admitting there’s an absence of God in the Catholic church.

“Our world has grown weary of greed, exploitation and division,” the pope said, “of the tedium of false idols and piecemeal responses, and the pain of false promises.”

And now he’s explaining to us why we shouldn’t be Catholics. I’m sold!

Despite the presence of hundreds of thousands of young visitors, 125,000 of them from overseas, there was almost no trouble. The police reported only one arrest, of a young Australian Catholic who punched a demonstrator who was throwing condoms into a crowd of pilgrims to protest the church’s stand on birth control and its opposition to the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Really? Throwing condoms at people gets you decked? Presumably they weren’t used condoms…

But wait, that wasn’t the dumbest religious babbling of late. This might be worse:

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has called on followers of the world’s main religions to turn away from extremism and embrace a spirit of reconciliation.

He said the great conflicts of history were not caused by religion, but by the misinterpretation of religion.

Yes, that’s the leader of Saudi Arabia promoting religious tolerance.

Man, he sounds just like those fluffy, moderate religious apologists, doesn’t he? It’s almost like those are just empty platitudes.

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