Fuck The Pope.

The Catholic Church continues to dwell in the dark ages. Chillin’ in Rome on Saturday, Pope Benedict has again, and very adamantly, praised Humanae vitae, the 1968 Catholic document that declared the sanctity of human life in all its forms, including sperm and eggs, and thus issuing a Church-wide opposition to use of artificial birth control.

When choosing a new pope after John Paul II’s death, the Church decided against some of the more progressive thinkers who are wondering if, in the face of the epidemic spread of AIDS in Africa, it might be wise to begin using condoms to stem the spread of the disease. After all, Humanae vitae was written and enacted long before AIDS was either discovered or understood. Who could have conceived of a sexually-transmitted virus wiping out an entire generation of Africans in just 25 years after its “discovery”?

Today’s pope would have you believe it’s an act of courage to live according to the values espoused by Humanae vitae, but I say it’s an example of uncourageous Church that fails to see that we’re fighting against a horrendous virus that can, and may, mutate, making it even harder to prevent or even eliminate in the years ahead. But a condom is essentially the best weapon we have against AIDS. We can fight it now. Who’s to say what a future strain or mutation of AIDS might have the ability to do against us? Am I scare-mongering? No, but sometimes I get a little scared in the face of such dangerous ignorance.

The Church would rather an HIV-infected spouse have unprotected sex and risk infecting their partner than be safe and still share love without as much fear of death and disease.

JP II actively campaigned against the use of condoms to fight AIDS– in Africa!– by doing a series of speaking engagements throughout the continent in the years before his death, when Africa was already being labelled a hotbed of AIDS that had to be doused. The Church would have you believe that abstinence should be sufficient.

The powers that be in the Catholic Church have lost their grip on reality.

I was raised Catholic and went to both Catholic elementary and high school… Until, that is, it became known that my diocese had knowingly allowed a teacher to continue teaching at my Catholic high school for more than four years after they had discovered he had been molesting boys.

The spring of the year I learned that, when I was in grade nine, a girl committed suicide. The priest then told the school she would go to hell as suicide was a sin. You should have heard the heaving sobs and pained cries emitted by the student body as their grief became uncontrollable with the words “…to hell.”

That September found me going to public school. After three years of arguing with my parents about going to public school, they both were disgusted by the hypocrisy of the Church and I never was made to attend mass again.

So, I’m obviously a little biased.

Still, I am disgusted by the hypocrisy of the Church now. First it claims it’s the sanctity of human life, in all its possible forms, that drives it to fight for its protection by way of declaring all artificial contraception to be sins. Yet it’s the demise of human life they spread when all that’s needed to prevent more than 90% of the sexual transmissions of HIV & AIDS is the use of a little itty-bitty piece of latex. An entire generation has been wiped out and the Church STILL campaigns against a known way of preventing this horrific endless parade of death.

I mean, they’ve not declared the use of condoms as a sin then quietly looked the other way, like they seem to do to a greater extent with adultery and white-collar crime and other things that actually are sins committed against others. No, they’re out there banging that fucking drum and fighting it on a regular basis, with a microphone and camera, and in places where the education and savvy maybe could use a little helping hand. “Condoms are a sin, don’t wear condoms”?

That’s fucking obscene. That’s a fucking sin. Sanctity of life? Waste of life!

I think it’s a crime to do what the Church is doing. Not only that, it breaks my heart. It really does. When I was a kid, I was absolutely passionate about the Catholic creed. I had a comic book volume of the Bible, seven books I read again and again and again, dog-eared to shit, and I’m still angry at my dead mom for getting rid of ‘em on me. I’d preach to the kiddies in the ‘hood about God’s good word. Thought about being a nun. Enjoyed going to mass before school every day, by choice, till I was in grade 5 or so. I was hardcore, just loved my Church.

I’m not religious, not anymore. The Church has disillusioned me time and time again. I dig Jesus. I dig Buddha. I dig Mohammed. They all have beautiful messages, and I believe in much of the values and ethics espoused by pretty much every major faith in the world. I live an honest life. I’m a good person. I’m charitable. I’m everything you should want to be. I just choose to believe that men keep fucking up faith by putting too much of man’s bullshit into something that doesn’t need to be as complicated as we have managed to make it.

Do I believe in something bigger than me? Yeah. But I don’t believe that saving my life when I choose to express the passion that lives in me as a sexual being by using a simple condom that I am being immoral. I refuse to believe that following my heart and libido and enthusiasm for life is wrong. I refuse to believe that using something created to make the act of loving someone else safe from disease and contagion should be a sin.

No moral code in the world can make that make sense to me. Anyone who believes it, I really don’t care their level of intelligence, education, or social importance; they’re a fucking nimrod. Seriously. Welcome to a little place I call Earth, where we have things like “spontanaeity”, “accidents”, and something apparently given by the Creator called “free will”.

Centuries from now, when we’re all dead and buried, and funky new people walk this plane instead of us, they’ll look at the history and say, “Okay, the Bubonic Plague… I get that, they had no plumbing, hygeine was hard, cities were overcrowded… but, AIDS? A guy in a fucking funny hat says using condoms was a sin ‘cos he thinks God told him that, so Africa doesn’t use condoms and AIDS wipes out entire generations? Fuck, man. That’s just moronic! How dumb were these people?”

Because that’s what it is. These Popes, man. I love how the first pope, St. Peter, was actually on a first-name “wanna get some wine?” basis with Jesus, but Jesus somehow forgot to mention to Pete that he thought popes should be “infallible” — ie, he “is preserved from even the possibility of error” according to the First Vatican Council of 1870, more than 1800 years after Christ apparently walked our world*. Funny how it’s not really until the Church began amassing more and more riches and power (during the middle ages), on its way to becoming the wealthiest organization in the world (think of all the art and real estate) that they decide Popes are to never, ever be wrong. That’s an awfully convenient thing to lay on one of the most powerful men in the world.

Never wrong? Gotta be kidding me! What a fucking joke. Somebody’s been lacing the sacramental wine with LSD again, man.

Fuck the Pope. Fuck the Church. Wear condoms. It’s the new rebellion. And it’ll save your life (most of the time, but not always).

*That’s when it was first written into the Catholic doctrine, 1870, but there was a good many who believed it as far back as the Medieval times, so about a thousand years or so, but a thousand years after Christ still.

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13 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted May 20, 2008 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    1) The Catholic Church says you should wait until after marriage to have sex.

    2) After marriage, you should not wear a condom while having sex.

    So if you pick up a random girl at a bar, you are completely ignoring the teaching of the Church. Everyone has free will and can do as they choose. However, when you are in bed with someone that you just met, don’t look at her and say, ohhh i am a devout catholic and I am forbidden to use a condom while I bang you.

    Its time to man up and say I am making decisions as an adult on my own. I don’t take direction from the pope or anyone else. I will be riding you bareback tonight.

  2. Creepy
    Posted May 20, 2008 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Afuckingmen.

  3. fillecoquette
    Posted May 21, 2008 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Hallelujah! Condoms and pre-marital sex should be near the bottom of the list of things that should be “sins” and should focus on things that could actually, you know, make people better humans. Heck, a good shagging makes me a better human being because it makes me so gosh darn happy. Abstinence is definitely the Pope’s problem, here.

  4. Alexa
    Posted May 21, 2008 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s a crime to do what the Church is doing.

    How true, and they outhg to be prosecuted for it.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted May 22, 2008 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    You rule. Thanks for writing this.

    Oh, and you have beautiful eyes, too :-)

  6. Melissa
    Posted May 22, 2008 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    I completely agree with what you’ve written. I too have become disallusioned with the Church and its outdated and hypocritical attitudes towards sex, money and power.

    Fuck the Pope (and the Church), indeed

  7. Anonymous
    Posted May 22, 2008 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi its anon. from the first post again. How do you figure that the pope has anything to do with this?
    He says wait until marriage to have sex. Everyone ignores him.

    Then suddenly when its time for the show, everyone follows his direction and goes bareback?

    He gets 0% compliance one the first rule and 100% on the second one?

    I call bullshit. If someone says they follow everything the pope says, then what are they doing in bed with someone that they are not married to?

    Like I said earlier, don’t tell her some crap about it being the pope’s fault. Man up, and say that you want to bang her bareback cuz it feels better.

  8. Scribe Called Steff
    Posted May 23, 2008 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    Anon, the whole point is: It’s fucking MORONIC to NOT wear a condom. And the other point is: Fuck the pope.

    Riding bareback is for FUCKING IDIOTS, because the price you pay is WAY TOO HIGH.

    I can’t tell if you’re writing satire or not, so I’m taking you seriously.

    And I’m female, so if you’re addressing me, then you’re way off your mark.

    ***
    Melissa: Word up. Fight the power, cuz. ;)

    Anon: Thanks, and thanks. :)

    Alexa: I just can’t fucking fathom why there isn’t more of an outcry against the church abusing their power and having such a negative impact in Africa. Sigh.

    Fille: See? I’ve been really bitchy lately. I need me a good shagging, with condoms, so I, too, can be a better person. Brilliant notion.

    Creepy: Thanks, man.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted May 23, 2008 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Infallible?

    Yeah, just look at these facts that were so “out there” they made it on to a humor site:

    http://www.cracked.com/
    article_15648_5-biggest–
    badass-popes.html

    –P

  10. Lara
    Posted May 24, 2008 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    You. Are. Awesome.
    …and absolutely right.

  11. Angelique
    Posted May 24, 2008 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    I had a pretty similiar growing up experience with the church. Still attend mass though. But, I let fly with most of the rules. I don’t tell people to pay attention to the Vat-i-can because its MAN-MADE!!!
    Starting off Catholic or with any other proper bringing up shows us how to be good people and tap into our conscience. Or at least, it should. Rationally, if I was having HIV, I wouldn’t NOT use rubber, neither would I abstain cos I’m human but I’m not the Pope. So, I liked the last pope better but he’s gone. I’ve given up my dreams of being World Catholic Youth President and have decided to settle for just being real and caring honestly and RATIONALLY for people around me. Even if they are banging me. Skin to skin.

  12. Posted April 2, 2009 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    The reason that there hasn’t been more of an outcry regarding the pope’s position on such things is that the vast majority of educated people in this world have decided that he’s an idiot unworthy of our attention. Similarly, anyone dumb enough to accept his will as their own has already decided to abdicate the ownership of their life to the tall-hatted fascist, so as far as the rest of us are concerned, they’re already beyond hope.

    Christianity has rules, they’re rules steepd in ignorance, but they’re rules nonetheless. The Pope is advocating for adherence to these rules and people are listening. I don’t think we can fault him without faulting Christianity as a whole — hence the severe lack of support for his condemnation.

    In other words, if the pro-condom groups really want to break the Pope’s hold on Africa, they have to stop attacking him, and start trying to get these people to embrace rationality over the “warm-and-fuzzy” concept of a sky bully.

  13. Marcel
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Coming from the exact same experience (albeit one or two people behind you all the time), bravo.

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