Pope warns of 'a desert of godlessness' in Good Friday address

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Pope Benedict XVI last night attacked the rise of aggressive secularism in Western societies, warning them that they risked drifting into a 'desert of godlessness'.

Pope Benedict XVI last night attacked the rise of aggressive secularism in Western societies, warning them that they risked drifting into a 'desert of godlessness'.

He used his Good Friday meditations to compare deliberate attempts to remove religion from public life to the mockery of Jesus Christ by the mob as he was led out to be crucified.

'Religious sentiments' were increasingly ranked among the 'unwelcome leftovers of antiquity' and 'held up to scorn and ridicule', he added.

'We are shocked to see to what levels of brutality human beings can sink,' said the Pope at an evening ceremony at the Coliseum in Rome.

'Jesus is humiliated in new ways even today when things that are most holy and profound in the faith are being trivialised, the sense of the sacred is allowed to erode.

'Values and norms that held societies together and drew people to higher ideals are laughed at and thrown overboard. Jesus continues to be ridiculed.'

The German-born Pope, who turns 82 later this month, prayed Christians would respond by growing in faith.

May we never question or mock serious things in life like a cynic,' he added. He also condemned the oppression of women, saying there were 'many societies in the world where women fail to receive a fair deal.'

'Christ must be weeping for them,' he said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1169030/Pope-warns-desert-godlessness-Good-Friday-address.html

 

Organized Religion is Tribalistic and Retrogressive
Posted by Rainfish on 2009-04-29 03:32:54
Pope warns of 'a desert of godlessness' in Good Friday address."

(Uh, it's better than "drowning in an ocean of superstitious BS".)

"Pope Benedict XVI last night attacked the rise of aggressive secularism in Western societies, warning them that they risked drifting into a 'desert of godlessness'."

(The real question is: When will this New Age of Enlightenment come to America?)


"He used his Good Friday meditations to compare deliberate attempts to remove religion from public life to the mockery of Jesus Christ by the mob as he was led out to be crucified."


(Throughout the ages, so-called "christians" did an excellent job of making a "mockery of Jesus" without any secular help.)


" 'Religious sentiments' were increasingly ranked among the 'unwelcome leftovers of antiquity' and 'held up to scorn and ridicule', he added."


(Yep, because you are anti-progressive, anti-intellectual, anti-human rights, and you ARE a repulsive unwelcome leftover of antiquity when the human cattle were more manageable for you and when you could more freely use fear and ignorance as your main weapons of coercion.)


"We are shocked to see to what levels of brutality human beings can sink,' said the Pope at an evening ceremony at the Coliseum in Rome."


(You should know: The Crusades, The Inquisition, witch burnings, countless "religious" wars, oppression and murder of native peoples, women, homosexuals, Jews, etc...etc...ad nauseum.)


"Jesus is humiliated in new ways even today when things that are most holy and profound in the faith are being trivialised, the sense of the sacred is allowed to erode."


(Because you are more interested in power and politics than in social justice. So you sanctify, codify and ritualize the true meaning of Christ's message of love and brotherhood into a meaningless perfunctory obligation to your self-serving faith factories, instead of making that message of universal love relevant to all people's lives.)


" 'Values and norms that held societies together and drew people to higher ideals are laughed at and thrown overboard. Jesus continues to be ridiculed.' "

(No, again it is your self-serving shamans who are being "thrown overboard". It is YOU who is being ridiculed -- and rightly so.)


"The German-born Pope, who turns 82 later this month, prayed Christians would respond by growing in faith."

(The "ex"-Nazi can pray all he wants, his soul is too soiled to be saved.)


"May we never question or mock serious things in life like a cynic,' he added. He also condemned the oppression of women, saying there were 'many societies in the world where women fail to receive a fair deal.' "


(Woman do not receive a "fair deal" in the Catholic Church either and are treated as spiritual subordinates to child-molesting priest and/or as baby-factories as wives.)


" 'Christ must be weeping for them,' he said. "


(Well...at least you got that right. You and all right-wing religionists, racists, misogynists, and homophobes should be very much ashamed. )

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