Re: “Local bishop sees great significance in choice of new pope,” March 22
Bishop John Corriveau stated recently that the people of the Kootenays should be delighted by the choice of the new simple pastoral Pope Francis. Well the description is fitting, especially if one equates simple and pastoral with uneducated and backwards.
Pope Francis has stated that gay marriage is “a scheme to destroy God’s plan.” He rallied his clergy against abortion and the pro-choice movement as the “culture of death.” He is opposed to contraception except maybe when it comes to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS. Using contraception to prevent pregnancy is “going against God’s will.” Women are important to the church, but women’s issues are secondary according to the pastoral pope. Buckle down ladies, a new guy is in town: superior spin, same system.
Why does the local bishop think that we should be delighted? Western democracy threw off the noose of power by divine kings and religious leadership. Democracy means that people have power, not invisible beings and “divine laws.” Citizens of secular democracies are better off than countries that use “divine laws” as the basis of decision making. Canada would go backwards in history if we had someone like the simple pope in power.
Pope Francis promoting the morality and oppressive behavior of Bronze Age ideology is not something that I am delighted about.