Pope resigns: An atheist's reflections

Feb 11, 2013 Full story: Examiner.com 326

On Feb. 11, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger , announced his retirement. He is the first pope in 600 years to resign from the position.

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“Tis the Season for Reason!”

Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#186 Feb 22, 2013
This story of Ratzinger's resignation just keeps getting better and better.

Report: Pope resigned in wake of gay priest scandal

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013...

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#187 Feb 22, 2013
The Catholic Church should step up and approve gay marriage and allow priests to marry. This will allow all those priests to get married and live happier lives. Sure there would be some Fox News outrage but it would calm down.
MrDesoto1 wrote:
This story of Ratzinger's resignation just keeps getting better and better.
Report: Pope resigned in wake of gay priest scandal
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013...

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#188 Feb 22, 2013
MrDesoto1 wrote:
This story of Ratzinger's resignation just keeps getting better and better.
Report: Pope resigned in wake of gay priest scandal
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013...
Is anyone really surprised at this?

LOL!

The truth will always come out, eventually.

Too funny, really-- maybe this represents their final melt-down ...

... first "mother" teresa is shown to be a complete fraud, and now Ratzy is shown to have permitted gay sex scandals, while on the outside, railing even louder against the gays.

“Tis the Season for Reason!”

Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#189 Feb 22, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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Is anyone really surprised at this?
LOL!
The truth will always come out, eventually.
Too funny, really-- maybe this represents their final melt-down ...
... first "mother" teresa is shown to be a complete fraud, and now Ratzy is shown to have permitted gay sex scandals, while on the outside, railing even louder against the gays.
In religion as in politics it seems that the ones who scream and rail the loudest turnout to be precisely what they speak against, i.e., being gay. Would that not come as a shock to the flock if Ratzy confessed to, or was found out to being gay!
pickled peckers 4 jesus

Pittston, PA

#190 Feb 22, 2013
pope benny to return to germany, where he can reflect about his priestly days spent jerking off to mother teresa.
Siro

Seven Hills, Australia

#192 Feb 23, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
The Catholic Church should step up and approve gay marriage and allow priests to marry. This will allow all those priests to get married and live happier lives. Sure there would be some Fox News outrage but it would calm down.
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Priests to marry?- I agree, actually if you are a priest or reverend in another church and convert to catholicism and happen to be married you are allowed to stay married while practicing as a priest.
As for poofs?- No. I dont know any religions that allows poofs to wed, nor any Holy book condoning it.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#193 Feb 23, 2013
MrDesoto1 wrote:
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In religion as in politics it seems that the ones who scream and rail the loudest turnout to be precisely what they speak against, i.e., being gay. Would that not come as a shock to the flock if Ratzy confessed to, or was found out to being gay!
Indeed, you are likely correct.

I notice that one of the favorite "insults" from True Believers™ to non-believers is to claim they non-believer is gay.

As if that was some sort of insult.

Be that as it may, the frequency with which they use that? Likely indicates that the True Believer™ is also a repressed homosexual.

Sad, really. They cannot possibly be happy with all that religious suppression going on.

What a miserable life, to be a True Believer™

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#194 Feb 23, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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Indeed, you are likely correct.
I notice that one of the favorite "insults" from True Believers™ to non-believers is to claim they non-believer is gay.
As if that was some sort of insult.
Be that as it may, the frequency with which they use that? Likely indicates that the True Believer™ is also a repressed homosexual.
Sad, really. They cannot possibly be happy with all that religious suppression going on.
What a miserable life, to be a True Believer™
I think in most cases the church is how many had planned to rid themselves of thoughts and feelings that conflict with what they have been taught is the "right" way for a straight man to think and feel. That the gay can be prayed away is incentive to stay with the indoctrination, they would have long ago walked away from had they not possessed those feelings of attraction for their own sex.

While being a Jebus freak fails to take away those thoughts, it does allow them to be converted to what they can safely wish to perpetrate on others, without having to see themselves as gay.

So the gay man, prays to be no longer gay, and even when he is no longer "gay", in his mind he only uses gay sex as punishment for those he disapproves of. We atheist, and especially the male atheist, is a constant target for those thought punishments, from the xian.

It's very much like the Muslim men who would rape another men, and nt consider them to be either sexual nor gay acts, but rather only inflicted hurt, a punishment.

Funny thing, when they reveal that their thoughts run in that direction, it's like putting a neon sign above their heads, that claims them to be both repressed and gay.

“Fortes Fortuna Juvat, ”

Since: Dec 09

Wichita. Ks.

#195 Feb 23, 2013
Hey folks Skeptic says he is bugging out.

go to:

http://www.topix.com/forum/religion/atheism/T...

and bid him farwell.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#196 Feb 23, 2013
Very Cynical Person wrote:
Hey folks Skeptic says he is bugging out.
go to:
http://www.topix.com/forum/religion/atheism/T...
and bid him farwell.
Thanks

“The Black Mermaid”

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#197 Feb 23, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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Hi, Sherlayne-- I am doing well.
I hope the same for you and yours?:)
Good to see you post.
My husband and I are hanging in there. We each have our problems - but we're rather philosophical about them. Take care - you've always been one of my favorites!!

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#198 Feb 24, 2013
Sherlayne wrote:
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My husband and I are hanging in there. We each have our problems - but we're rather philosophical about them. Take care - you've always been one of my favorites!!
Everyone on the planet has problems of one sort or another-- at least yours are ones you appear well able to cope with.

That's worth a lot, isn't it? <smile>

I wish you and your family all the best.

“The Black Mermaid”

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#199 Feb 25, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
Everyone on the planet has problems of one sort or another-- at least yours are ones you appear well able to cope with.
That's worth a lot, isn't it? <smile>
I wish you and your family all the best.
Bob, thanks so much. What keeps us at peace is knowing that there are much worse things some people are coping with.

Thank you for your kind words, dear friend!

“The Black Mermaid”

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#200 Feb 25, 2013
MrDesoto1 wrote:
This story of Ratzinger's resignation just keeps getting better and better.
Report: Pope resigned in wake of gay priest scandal
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013...
I'll bet he's really resigning because he knows something he's been hiding is going to be made public.
paul SHYKORA arts

Calgary, Canada

#201 Feb 25, 2013
...a placebo effect,here...eh..
Thinking

Shaftesbury, UK

#202 Feb 25, 2013
PRIEST = Paedophile Resident In Every Small Town.
Siro wrote:
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Priests to marry?- I agree, actually if you are a priest or reverend in another church and convert to catholicism and happen to be married you are allowed to stay married while practicing as a priest.
As for poofs?- No. I dont know any religions that allows poofs to wed, nor any Holy book condoning it.

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#203 Feb 25, 2013
I am married to a catholic and we have never been in one argument over religion or god in any way shape or form. We have bigger fish to fry and really never even discuss religion.
Sherlayne wrote:
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Bob, thanks so much. What keeps us at peace is knowing that there are much worse things some people are coping with.
Thank you for your kind words, dear friend!

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#204 Feb 25, 2013
Sherlayne wrote:
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Bob, thanks so much. What keeps us at peace is knowing that there are much worse things some people are coping with.
Thank you for your kind words, dear friend!
You are most welcome.

And you are quite correct: imagine being a poor sot, who cannot shake the evil influence of religion, but is also gay or bisexual, and has self-loathing to the point of suicide...

... indeed, there are worse issues one may have.

Being intelligent (as you obviously are) is a blessing, in my book.

For an intelligent person can overcome the random situation of one's birth.(as you obviously have).

:)

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#205 Feb 25, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
I am married to a catholic and we have never been in one argument over religion or god in any way shape or form. We have bigger fish to fry and really never even discuss religion.
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You are a more gracious human being that I, and I am a bit envious of you, for that.

:D

I'm afraid I'm a bit too shallow to have remained married to someone who keeps religious faith.

At least I recognize my own limitations.:)

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#206 Feb 26, 2013
Well she is really hot :)

She never mentions religion really at all. Religion and belief never comes up one way or the other.
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
You are a more gracious human being that I, and I am a bit envious of you, for that.
:D
I'm afraid I'm a bit too shallow to have remained married to someone who keeps religious faith.
At least I recognize my own limitations.:)

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