Pope Benedict Will Really Help Me Teach My Children How To Be Judgmental Jerks

shutterstock_65854315I often struggle with what I am going to teach my children about religion. I am not a very religious person, but I don’t consider myself an atheist either. I want my children to make their own decisions about their spiritual path as they grow older. Above all, I want them to be kind, accepting people. At least I’ll have some good examples of how I don’t want them to think and act. Pope Benedict XVI is really providing a great example of how “not to be” religious. Thanks, Pope.

For the second time in two weeks he struck out against gay marriage. Last week, in his annual “peace message,” he singled out abortion, euthanasia, and gay marriage as “crimes against life.” Friday, he “pressed his opposition to gay marriage … denouncing what he described as people eschewing their God-given gender identities to suit their sexual choices – and destroying the very ‘essence of the human creature’ in the process.” It’s really nice that he’s trying to spread the paramount messages of the bible – love and non-judgement – right before the holidays. Oh wait, no he’s not. He’s basically telling a huge segment of the population they are unnatural, spiritual criminals who are all going to hell. Merry Christmas!

What’s really the most amazing part of his “peace message,” is that he doesn’t blame his ideologies on his spiritual beliefs – but rather claims to be right because that’s just the way it is. So there.

These principles are not truths of faith, nor are they simply a corollary of the right to religious freedom. They are inscribed in human nature itself, accessible to reason and thus common to all humanity. The Church’s efforts to promote them are not therefore confessional in character, but addressed to all people, whatever their religious affiliation.

Just to be clear, even if you don’t subscribe to the guilt-fest that is Catholicism, you’re still going to hell, whatever your “religious affiliation.” Okay? Even if you don’t believe in it, you’re going there. Happy Holidays! So if I want to teach my children how to be a narrow-minded, obstinate, hate-spewing, jerks – I know whose direction to point them in.

This is my problem with some organized religion. I can’t help but think of all of this during the holidays, what with the birth of Christ and all. How do I teach my child to be a kind, accepting human being, and hold up someone like the Pope as an example? In my opinion, I can’t. Which is why whatever religion my children choose, I sure hope they don’t take this guy seriously.

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    • http://twitter.com/AbbyHasIssues Abby Heugel

      Amen.

    • aliaskate

      I refer to myself as a “recovering Catholic,” and like you I struggle with what and how to teach my kids about religion. I found this screed to be very offensive–I disagree with the Church’s stands on gay marriage and birth control, so I stopped going to church. The Catholic church has its positions on issues, which it has every right to hold, and I have every right to cease attending a church whose views I find objectionable. But this piece feels like it serves no purpose other than to bash a religious institution. There is nothing original or clever about picking a fight with the Catholic stand on issues that go against the politically correct grain. If this were any other religion, this would never, ever have been published.

    • CW

      Liberals love to quote the parts of Jesus’ teachings that they like, but they forget that after Christ said “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”, he then went on to tell the adulteress to “sin no more.” He also talked about the necessity to “enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the road that leads to destruction.” Being a Christian isn’t only about being kind and loving- it is also about doing our best to avoid sin and live by God’s rules for us.