Warning. Don’t read if you love the Pope. Or like him.
On second thought, perhaps then you should read this.
In his ‘Message for the celebration of the day of World Peace 2013‘ the Pope says:
1. EACH NEW YEAR brings the expectation of a better world. In light of this, I ask God, the Father of humanity, to grant us concord and peace, so that the aspirations of all for a happy and prosperous life may be achieved.
Nice. I fully agree with this request. Especially the “aspirations of all” part. For some reason I think that the writer of this piece missed something fundamental in the convictions of his holiness the Pope. Take gay people, who are not fully developed humans. Or gay marriage, which is a threat to humanity. I assume all the gay people fall outside this ‘of all’ idea. And the folks who want to use contraceptive to improve health and for AIDS-prevention, for example in Africa? Are they exempt of ‘all’ too?
Another quote from his message:
peace presupposes a humanism open to transcendence.
The Christian church (the Pope?) should start practising this transcendence too. Get over the ideas of undeveloped people, threats to the world, and eradicating contraceptives for health reasons. Get up to speed with the world, don’t try to revert to the dark ages. There are enough people trying to do that without religion as their weapon.
Christianity is not a bad thing, on the contrary. Its basis is to be good for others. Like the basis of the Quran is, and all the other holy books that go around. It’s the interpreters of the words, the manipulators of texts and minds that are the wrong things.