“Anyone who lives and proclaims the faith of the Church is on many points out of step with the prevalent way of thinking, even in our own day,” the Pope, who was addressing “about 10,000 people in St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City,” admitted. “Today’s regnant agnosticism has its own dogmas and is extremely intolerant regarding anything that would question it and the criteria it employs,” Benedict claimed.
The Pope, who in 2011 actually praised agnostics as “pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace” who “ask questions of both sides” and “take away from militant atheists the false certainty by which these claim to know that there is no God and they invite them to leave polemics aside and to become seekers who do not give up hope in the existence of truth and in the possibility and necessity of living by it” apparently now feels intolerant to anyone or anything that challenges any aspect of Catholic dogma.
The Pope did not give specific examples or name names of whom he sees as “intolerant agnostics,” but, at least in the United States, the Catholic Church is losing converts daily, and the “fastest growing ‘religious’ group in America is made up of people with no religion at all, according to a Pew survey showing that one in five Americans is not affiliated with any religion,” reported CNN in October.
Indeed, rampant, “extremely intolerant .. regnant agnosticism” is responsible for… nothing, whereas “extremely intolerant .. regnant” religiosity is responsible for hate crime murders, anti-gay attacks, a reduction in access to healthcare, a reduction in women’s access to contraception services, the inability of same-sex couples to get married. The list goes on and on.
In a Christmas address to the College of Cardinals, Pope Benedict unleashed an unhinged assault on all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, and gay marriage, and went so far as to state same-sex marriage threatens the “essence of the human creature,” and thus, mankind’s future.
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