I'm not catholic, but never the less he was a great man.
CKemu said:A great man....we are talking about the same man that said condoms ae un-holy, even with the AIDs crisis in Africa. The man that considers abortion evil. The man that is willing to turn a blind eye to pedophile priests in order to save the face of the church. Sad to see anyone suffer, and I am sure it's a loss to many religious people, but lets not forget a few things
2fast4u said:he reinstated the good old inquisition, just under a different name and on top of that he also brought back the index of books that are forbidden to read for catholics. even if you have a more conservative stance on morality, i hardly think such repressive actions are supported by anyone.
If being anti-gay or anti-abortion or anti-women priests aren't examples of repression or control (in the sense of that they are used to purport fear of `punishment for sin`), I don't know what are. In a lot of ways yes, the Pope was obviously a good man. I wouldn't say I disliked him, and while I respect his views are the product of a certain book (or at least one interpretation of it), I don't agree with them as such. I find it hypocritial that he can effectively call for all religions and people to come together and at least tolerate each other, while condemning those `guilty` of those supposed sins at the same time. Taking away people's right to choose and to be who they are as he did isn't something one individual should be allowed to control.Orkin said:Two examples of why I dislike the catholic church as a whole. If you look through their history, catholicism has largely been used only to repress and control the populace through religion. The actions of the catholic church throughout history are prime examples for why the first amendment was added to our constitution.
DuDe said:because the Bible clearly deems those as a sin