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Pope Benedict Blesses Top Lawmaker Pushing Uganda’s Kill The Gays Bill

by David Badash on December 13, 2012

in News,Politics,Religion

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Pope Benedict XVI yesterday sent his first tweet from his new Twitter account, then turned around and blessed Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Uganda Parliament who promised to pass the “Kill The Gays” bill as a “Christmas gift” to Uganda’s Christians. Kadaga was at the Vatican to meet the Pope and to attend the seventh Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the International Criminal Court and the World Parliamentary Conference on Human Rights.

“Pope Benedict XVI has given blessings to Uganda Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga during a mass attended by thousands of pilgrims at the Vatican,” Nsimbe Kasim at the Ugandan New Vision news reports:

During the service, the Pope launched his Twitter account and sent his first message in several languages to millions of online followers.

“Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” the Pope wrote.

The Ugandan delegation was in Rome to attend the 7th Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the International Criminal Court and the World Parliamentary Conference on Human Rights.

Yes, that’s right, the Pope blessed the woman who is about to become guilty of crimes against humanity for passing the Kill The Gays bill.

“Kadaga who led a delegation of Ugandan legislators to the Vatican expressed delight at meeting the Pope and visiting St Peter’s Basilicca [sic],” New Vision adds:

“I think this is a moment that cannot be repeated. We have been reading about him, hearing stories about St.Peter’s Basilica but now we are here physically.

“I think it is something that I will remember all my life. It’s a very great moment and I thank God for this opportunity,” she said minutes after meeting the Pope.

The Speaker dedicated to all Ugandans readings from the book of St.Mark which the Pope quoted in several languages during the Vatican mass.

She handed over to the Pope a portrait of the Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo, a historical place where Christians were murdered because of their allegiance to their faith.

The deathly irony is inescapable.

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{ 29 comments }

lainnj December 13, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Sad but not surprising. Why anyone continues to follow the pope is beyond me.

Scott_Rose December 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm

At the link below is the full text of the "Reichskonkordat," the political treaty between the Vatican and Adolf Hitler. At the time this treaty was signed, the anti-Jewish racial laws were already in force in Nazi Germany:
Here is an example of what is in the treaty:
Article 3
In order to foster good relations between the Holy See and the German Reich, an apostolic nuncio will reside in the capital of the German Reich and an ambassador of the German Reich at the Holy See. http://www.concordatwatch.eu/showkb.php?org_id=85

JServorum December 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm

The sadness is that you believe in lies simply because they have been told about the Catholic Church. What is sad is that you know nothing about Christ and his Church and yet you spout opinions that attack the Body of Christ.
What is sad is that your bigotry is so acceptable in this climate of hatred against Christ, His Church and the faith of our Fathers.
That is what is truly sad.

jasebyrne February 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm

What is sad is that the Catholic Church has a history of bigotry and murder…if that is what the body of christ is…it should be buried…in a cement vault, lead lined..because it is a body full of maggots and disease that destroys the human race.

JServorum February 7, 2013 at 2:04 am

Again, another person who knows nothing but believes so much that is untrue about the Catholic Church.
You will not get your wish. Since the Church is indefectible it will be here until the end of time and will never cease to do the work of Christ.
How terribly sad you are.

jasebyrne February 8, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Not sad at all. The work of the Catholic Church is well documented, from owning slave pens in the Carribean to the pope's alliance with Adolph Hitler in the extermination of the Jews. I actually worked on a convent/seminary grounds and saw the unmarked graves of infants that the nuns bore. Wonder how the babies died. There were three of them.

So please…the catholic church has never done "The work of Christ." The extermination of thousands of human beings the refused to believe the propaganda is historically documented. All the incense in all the cathedrals of the world cannot cover the stench.

Walt48 December 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Clearly the Catholic Church must relinquish any and all claims on moral leadership or even basic human decency. It has become the Church that protects pedophiles and tacitly supports murder and this Pope is showing himself to be an apt head.

peeonthehaters December 14, 2012 at 12:49 am

Please note it is NOT "The Church" who is corrupt and hypocritical. It is the Self-righteous Hierarchy who is the guilty party. Please remember that. I attend Mass every weekend. I love my Lord and HE is who I worship.. I do NOT worship the man in the pulpit, the Biships, Cardinals or the Pope.. What the Pope did is just absolutely appalling and goes COMPLETELY: against the teaching of the Church in it's own Catechism of The Church. I find it so sickening that The Pope would bless someone who wishes murder on a segment of the population that the Ugandan people have little use for. That is NOT a blessing..that is a CURSE. SHAME ON THE POPE!!!!! :(

lainnj December 14, 2012 at 7:26 am

I was a practicing Catholic too until I figured out that I could not in good conscience sit in the pew (even though I had long since stopped giving money to fund this insanity). Catholics who sit in the pews and do not actively protest the actions of this church are giving their support and consent. People just need to stop. They would not get away with this stuff if the pews around the world were empty.

Red_Sailor December 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

If it helps you sleep better.
Religion has been the cause of more death and destruction than any other plague since the world began.
The Vatican should be burned to the ground and every member of this insidious organization crucified for the pain and suffering they have bestowed upon humanity in the name of their fictitious deity.
The Vatican supported and laundered money for Adolph Hitler, the Mafia and other organized crime syndicates and continues to do so.

JServorum December 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

What a sad fool you are. You know nothing about history and yet you have opinions, opinions that are based on ignorance and bigotry.
And you even go so far as to advocate the murder of more than 1 billion people and the destruction of a Church that has done more good for the world than that done by all other institutions combined.
But this is your world now, isn't it? A place of unremitting darkness and hatred.
As Christ said to those who came to arrest him by night, "But this is your hour–when darkness reigns."

Red_Sailor December 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Go fuck yourself.From: notifications@intensedebatemail.comTo: red.sailor@live.comSubject: JServorum replied to your comment on Pope Benedict Blesses Top Lawmaker Pushing Uganda's Kill The Gays Bill

jasebyrne February 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm

You are the one ignoring history and simply parroting bible verses. Name an era in history where the catholic church actually benefited mankind and support it with facts.

asalwayschristine December 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

RTweet @Pontifex

Robroberts2013 December 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

And Jesus, speaking through a spokesperson, said "No Comment".

Diogenes_Arktos December 14, 2012 at 6:17 am

At an earlier point in this fiasco, which began in 2009, the Pope condemned the RC Bishops of Uganda for supporting legislation with the death penalty. It's not clear that the death penalty per se has been removed. However, let's face facts: any LGBT person in a Ugandan prison has a de facto death sentence.

Mykelbarber December 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

Both are disgusting POS and subhuman.

Red_Sailor December 14, 2012 at 9:38 am

Rebecca Kadaga; drone strike please!
How about "Kill the evil Idi Amin looking, ignorant savage" bill.

TDPelletier December 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm

false items in this report

First, it was not a Mass, but Weekly *General* Audience. At those audiences, hundreds of people attend each week. It happened that a group of Ugandan MPs went to meet Pope Benedict. That's all. The picture does not do justice tothe settings. The Paul VI Hall is typically filled with people from many countries.

The Vatican spokeperson, Fr. Lombardi, has said that no blessing was given. He also said that the Church is against all death sentences (including against death sentence for people who are homosexually active. What is the real teaching of the Church regarding respect for people with homosexual tendancies: ''They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.'' Source: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P85.HTM

JServorum December 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

This article and so many of the comments posted here are so full of vile error and distortion that they could be used as perfect examples of the current climate of anti-Catholic bigotry that is, as so many others have pointed out, the last acceptable prejudice.

I wouldn't know where to begin in order to correct all of the distortions on this one page alone, but as Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, "There aren't a hundred people who hate the Catholic Church. There are, however, millions who hate what they mistakenly believe to be the Catholic Church."

Viva il Papa.
AMDG

ChristinaClowes December 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Nope, you are misinformed. I detest the Catholic Church and all that they stand for. They are elitist, self appointed delusional human beings who are directly responsible for the death of millions of people. The Catholic Church truly ranks up there on the list of the very worst of human creations thus far. The human race would be far better off with the demise of this evil cult.

JServorum December 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I couldn't possibly disagree with you more than I do. The kind of ignorance you have spouted here comes from a complete lack of education on the history of the Catholic Church and its positive impact on the world.
Unfortunately for you I am a Church historian and theologian and so I am used to the kind of childish bigoted ranting displayed in your vile message.

You have not read history, nor have you spent one minute trying to understand the Catholic Church, and so you believe in lies like the so-called "millions killed by the Church" nonsense.

In fact since the time of Christ 70 million Christians, most of them Catholic, have been martyred by ignorant people just like you, 45 million martyred during the 20th century alone.

But that's not enough for you, is it? You want to witness the deaths of all of the 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, don't you?

By the way, you do know that more than 50% of the medical personnel caring for HIV positive patients in Africa are Catholic and are sponsored by the Catholic Church don't you?
No? You don't?!
How could you not know that, since you seem to know so much about what the Catholic Church does in the world?

Also, you do know about the unacceptably high failure rate of condoms, don't you.
Oh no, you don't?!

"Simply put, condoms fail. And condoms fail at a rate unacceptable for me as a physician to endorse them as a strategy to be promoted as meaningful AIDS protection."
Dr. Robert Renfield, chief of retro-viral research, Walter Reed Army Institute

"Relying on condoms for ‘protection’ can mean lifelong disease, suffering, and even death for you or for someone you love."
Dr. Andre Lafrance, Canadian physician and researcher

No, you don't know anything but you believe far too much that is untrue.

"You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies."
John 8:44.

In the end, you lose. Forever.

briarblade December 30, 2012 at 10:37 am

Those 2 "doctors" you've quoted are only found on religious biased sites, and this calls their credibility into question. Have they ever published ANYTHING peer reviewed? Lol. As for you, your blind loyalty to that vile organization is pitiful, and well, stupid. Of course the Catholics are taking care of the sick people, just like mother Theresa, took care of the Indian poor. Are you going to try and defend her sick obsession with seeing other people suffer, while she built useless hospices and churches, instead of building a single usable hospital? And finally, as for this whole losing forever, BS. Threatening atheists with hell, is very similar to threatening adults with Santa Claus.

JServorum December 30, 2012 at 11:07 am

Over the years I have discovered that it is impossible to reason with people like you. You know nothing about history or doctrine, philosophy or theology, but you have a thousand distorted opinions about same.
Sorry, but your comment failed to advance the discussion one iota.
Trust me, you will eventually have your conversation not with me but with Almighty God.
And be assured, your atheism will disappear in an instant like the dew on the morning grass.
Mother Teresa is in Heaven. You, in all likelihood, will not be.

ChristinaClowes December 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm

How ironic. They are both filthy, vile, disgusting, human beings. You would have thought that since Joe Ratzinger saw the worst of humanity first hand during his days in the Hitler Youth and Air Force during WW2, that he would be particularly tuned in to not persecuting and condemning others to death, but he has the blood of millions on his hands together with the rest of the catholic hierarchy, that continues to preach against the use of protective sex in countries ridden with HIV infection, and in continuing to promote and encourage hatred towards a group of people who were born LGBT, supposedly created by some almighty being that is said to make no mistakes…the whole thing is total bullshit. They are criminals of the worst kind. Bigoted, Xenophobic, murderers! I hope they rot in their own version of their self created hell for eternity! Jus' sayin'

JDubsW December 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I don't think the catholic church can surprise me anymore. …. I didn't expect some kind of Spanish Inquisition.

jasebyrne February 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Challenge to poster JServorum

You seem to think the catholic church is nothing but goodness and light. Name a point in history where the catholic church actually benefited members of the human race.

JServorum December 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

For what it's worth, that's what I expect from your side, so thanks for proving my point.
The hatred is entirely yours, not mine.

JServorum February 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Your accusations are so vile and untrue that I suspect you might be emotionally unhinged, but let me at least try to correct you.

Pope Pius XII had no alliance with Adolph Hitler nor did the Church have anything whatsoever to do with the Shoah, the Holocaust.
Pius and Hitler never met, since the Pope despised Hitler, who plotted to arrest the Pope and have him put to death.

Even modern Jewish historians now admit this along with the fact, proven innumerable times, that Pius XII saved the lives of some 850,000 Jews. Again, your history is not history at all but instead a ridiculous lie.

Second, your claim about dead infants buried in unmarked graves is so deeply suspect that I will not even comment on it.

Third, the Catholic Church is by far the greatest charitable institution ever created on earth, opening the first orphanages, caring for the sick, inventing the hospital system, giving free medical treatment to untold millions of needy people, caring for widows, lepers, and the outcasts that no one else would touch.
Over one half of the medical personnel caring for AIDS patients in Africa are sponsored and maintained by the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church was instrumental in defining Native Americans in the New World as human beings, which the monarchies of Europe tried to deny, and the Catholic Church was also instrumental in ending slavery in the New World.

Catholic clerics were involved very early on with the Civil Rights Movement and marched shoulder to shoulder with Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy.

The Catholic Church also defends the rights of unborn children. Since Roe vs Wade, more than 55 millions lives have been snuffed out in the U.S. through abortion, but the Church has and will continue to oppose this holocaust of innocent lives.

You are so wrong and so lost in your soul that my historical explanations will undoubtedly fall on deaf ears but I will not sit by idly while someone lies about the one Church that Jesus Christ founded, which is his body on earth.

You have utterly failed in every aspect of your lame and delusional argument.
God help you.

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