April 19, 2009

April 19, 2009
Pope Faces Backlash

Thanks for stopping by to see what is going on in another day of my life. Today is Sunday and a beautiful day in north Florida.

After a busy day yesterday at First Baptist Church in Mandarin, I was ready for a down day. I had so many emails and messages to answer. Plus next week is another very busy week with several appointments and meetings. So today was spent busy around the house getting caught up.

I did do an ab and leg workout after having my morning protein shake. Still having some lower back problems so it was a light workout but better than none. At least that is the way I see it.

I am sure you heard the Pope's recent comments about condoms and AIDS. Well boy did the Pope make the shit hit the fan.

The Vatican on Friday denounced the criticisms of the pope’s comments about condoms and AIDS during his trip to Africa, saying they marked an unprecedented attempt to intimidate him into silence.

Pope Benedict XVI said last month that condoms were not the answer to Africa’s AIDS epidemic and could make the problem worse.

France, Germany, the U.N. AIDS fighting agency as well as the British medical journal The Lancet criticized the comments as irresponsible and dangerous. The Belgian parliament passed a resolution calling them “unacceptable” and demanding that the government officially protest.

Belgium’s ambassador to the Holy See lodged the formal protest April 15, prompting the strongly worded Vatican statement Friday.

Criticizing the Belgian vote, the Vatican said it deplored “the fact that a parliamentary assembly should have thought it appropriate to criticize the Holy Father on the basis of an isolated extract from an interview, separated from its context.”

It said the remarks had been “used by some groups with a clear intent to intimidate, as if to dissuade the Pope from expressing himself on certain themes of obvious moral relevance and from teaching the Church’s doctrine.”

It was not immediately clear which groups the Vatican was referring to. The Belgian resolution, which passed April 2, said Benedict’s comments ran against numerous international declarations and actions taken by the United Nations and others who have been fighting AIDS and other transmittable diseases such as malaria.

It said they were “unacceptable” and that the Belgian government did not share them.

A similar resolution is under consideration by the Belgian Senate.

In its statement, the Vatican decried what it said was an “unprecedented media campaign” in Europe that was unleashed by the pope’s remarks about condoms, while ignoring Benedict’s fuller message about the need to care for those suffering from AIDS.

The Vatican said it was consoled that Africans and “the true friends of Africa” had praised and appreciated the pontiff’s remarks.

The 82 year old pope, who marks his fourth anniversary as pontiff on Sunday, has faced enormous criticism recently. In addition to the uproar over his condom comments, his decision to remove the excommunication of a bishop who denied the Holocaust sparked outcry, even within his own church.

Who knows? Maybe one day even the Catholic Church will join us in the 21st century. Stranger things have happened.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab