Papa Ratzi’s extreme homophobia still surprises me

Timothy Kincaid

August 6th, 2012

Pope Benedict the Evil has demonstrated that he is obsessed with homosexuality. He has made the Church’s opposition to civil rights, freedoms and equality for gay people the hallmark of his term as the Supreme Pontiff.

Traipsing about seeking sedition in modern European nations over marriage equality and imposing harsh autocrats upon liberal bishoprics seem heavy handed in an increasingly secular world. But I am, frankly, surprised at the blatancy of Papa Ratzi’s latest insult.

Bulgaria is an eastern European nation about the size and population of Tennessee. Most of the country is (at least nominally) Bulgarian Orthodox, with about 60,000 Roman Catholics (less than 1% of the population). But the Pope is certainly not going to let the minimal nature of his influence in Bulgaria influence his civility towards Bulgarians, Catholic or otherwise.

Kiril Maritchkov, Jr., son of a popular Bulgarian rock musician and the grandson of the ambassador to the Vatican during the 90’s, would seem like an ideal candidate for serving that nation in it’s diplomatic relations with the Holy City. But oh no, not when you’re dealing with Benedict. Because some things are just more important than good relations with a nation in which you have but a token presence. Such as the mere mention of “a homosexual act” in a fictional novel. (adnkronos.com)

Kiril Maritchov’ Jr.s rejection in May is ”punishment” for the scene written by the married father of two work in his 2005 book “The Fugitive’s Road” which topped the best-selling lists in his home country, the daily said, without revealing where it got the information.

The Fugitive’s Road deals with immigration from Eastern Europe to Italy and includes a scene dealing with a male character paying another man for sex.

Maritchov wasn’t tossing out gay porn. In fact, his character confesses all his sins to God and pleads for his eternal compassion at the end of the book. But that is irrelevant. He mentioned a “homosexual act” and that will get you banned from Benedict’s court.

UPDATE: The Irish Times gives better information about the novel:

In his book, Clandestination, he tells the story of Ivan, a young east-European graduate in architecture, who comes to Italy, enticed by false work promises.

In a manner that accurately reflects the experience of many clandestini (clandestine immigrants, hence the book’s title), it all falls apart for Ivan in Italy.

At one point, he is so short of money that he prostitutes himself for €50 to a man he encounters casually at Valle Giulia, central Rome.

MsRowena

August 6th, 2012

Somehow that wonderfully stinging retort of Auntie Em to Miss Gulch comes to mind: “For . . . years I’ve been dying to tell you what I thought of you! And now. . . well, being a Christian woman, I can’t say it!”

Ivan

August 7th, 2012

I’m not surprised by this stuff at all.

In fact, I can rarely even be bothered to be angry any more. More often than not, I now find it funny.

Increasingly, however, the overwhelming emotion is becoming to be one of boredom.

And it is this boredom, as it inevitably spreads to others, that will kill the RC Church.

No one likes a bore. Bores get tuned out, people stop listening to anything they say and they suffer social death. That is the future of the RC Church.

Good.

TampaZeke

August 7th, 2012

It surprises me that anything coming out of the Vatican still surprises you.

CPT_Doom

August 7th, 2012

The most pathetic thing is that this is the same “church” that not only forgave Newt Gingrich’s adultery with his current “wife” – a woman he paid to sleep with him for 6 years – but alsoo conveniently annulled his first two marriages so he and Calista could be married in the church. Can you say “screwed up priorities?”

Mark F.

August 7th, 2012

I think Christianity is slowing dying out, and many people aren’t even that interested in more liberal and tolerant churches either. It’s not just the sexuial conservatism of the Catholics and Evangelicals that is turning people off. Religion in general is losing its relevance for many.

I do think the proper response to the Pope for a Christian would be to pray for him.

Sister Virilene

August 7th, 2012

Papa Ratzi. Rhymes with Papa Nazi.

Kevin

August 7th, 2012

I wish this old closet case would get laid and get over herself.

james

August 7th, 2012

I believe the United States should recall it’s Ambassador to the Vatican State for consultations as the Vatican’s statements about health care reform are meddling in the internal affairs of our country.

Bulgaria should announce it is not sending an Ambassador to the Vatican State after all.

If the Vatican State and it’s owner, the Roman Catholic church, want to isolate themselves, then let’s help isolate them by ending diplomatic relations with civil govt of the Vatican.

Soren456

August 7th, 2012

My pet theory lately has been that a BA graduate of any good US state university has more real education than any prince of the Catholic church.

From top to bottom, Pope to parish deacon, these men demonstrate constantly how very, very well they know their dogma, but virtually nothing outside it.

(There are exceptions, but they tend to get knee-capped if they speak up.)

No one with any sophistication and a sound general education would make–with a straight face–the thigh-slapping howlers these men make about homosexuality, women, birth control, AIDS, families and so on. Nor would one make–without a broad wink–decisions like this one, or the recent appointment in San Francisco.

For sure, these guys are isolating themselves and destroying the premises as they do it. But they have truly no grasp of what they’re doing because their dogma doesn’t cover it.

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