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Choosing Not to Have Children is Selfish, says Pope, Who Chose Not to Have Children

It was a little disappointing when the secret conclave elected a man to the papal throne who seemed more reasonable than the demented old ideologue who had gone before.  On the face of it, Jorge Bergoglio was more a man of the people than the bitter old Josef Ratzinger, former head of the Inquisition and enforcer-in-chief under Karol Wojtyla.

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.

It was disappointing, but only because Ratzinger provided so much opportunity for ridicule compared to the reasonable, sane, kindly Pope Francis, and to be fair to him, Bergoglio has done much to be praised.  He constantly attacks the remoteness of the Curia, he mixes with the common people and he does not lead an opulent life.  In many ways, he’d need to be careful that  they don’t murder him as they did Albino Luciani, otherwise known as John Paul I.

In his early utterances on homosexuality, Bergoglio asked the historic question, Who am I to judge?, and we all agreed.  Who indeed?  Who are you to judge, and who are your bishops to judge, and who are your priests to judge, and who are your Catholic ideological vanguard to judge? Who are the likes of the self-appointed Iona Institute to judge?

At last, we were thinking, a humble pope who understands that his  opinion is just that.  An opinion.

But masks are made for slipping, and so it came to pass that Jorge Bergoglio last week expressed his views on beating children.

It’s all right, this pope thinks, to hit a child as long as you don’t hit the child on the face.

One time, I heard a father in a meeting with married couples say ‘I sometimes have to smack my children a bit, but never in the face so as to not humiliate them’.

That’s because, you see, it’s never humiliating to be struck by somebody bigger, when they want you to obey them.

That’s why this sort of behaviour is legal among adults, isn’t that right?  This is why bosses are allowed to hit their employees as long as they don’t hit them on the face, which would be humiliating.  This is why the Pope is allowed to leap from his throne and kick the living shit out of any cardinal who disagrees with him.

How beautiful! said the Pope of the violent father.  He knows the sense of dignity! He has to punish them but does it justly and moves on.

In other words, Slap!  Take that you little bastard. Now shut up.

This is how the kindly new Pope sees parenthood, but why wouldn’t he see it that way, having no experience of it himself?

This week, Jorge Bergoglio came out with another gem.

Couples who choose not to have children are being selfish, according to a man who chose not to have children.

In a world where over-population is a huge problem, couples who choose not to have children are being selfish.  They’re not being responsible.  They’re not being sensible.  They’re being selfish.  They’re not even making a sacrifice, even though the concept of sacrifice is at the heart of Bergoglio’s ideology.

Somehow, in Pope Bergoglio’s world, when he makes a decision about his life, it’s a commitment, but when somebody else makes the same decision, it’s selfishness.

That tells you all you need to know about the Vatican and the apparatchiks who control it.

Including the kindly Pope Jorge.

 

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It’s Ok to Hit Children, Says Pope

Remember Pope Francis, the kindly, humble, smiling Jesuit?pope francis

That guy.  Jorge Mario Bergoglio, from Buenos Aires.

Jorge reckons it’s all right to hit children as long as you don’t hit them in the face, because that would be humiliating.

After all, it isn’t even a tiny bit humiliating to be pushed around by somebody bigger, as we all know.  Just as long as they don’t slap us in the face.  That would be very humiliating, but we’re ok with a smack on the arm, which is why your boss is allowed to do it if you screw up at work.  And why your spouse is allowed to leather you if you annoy them.  And why the police are allowed to beat you about the calves if they catch you double parking.

Isn’t that right?  Just not on the face.

This unwed cleric, who has fathered no children and raised no children, sees no humiliation in hitting a powerless person, provided that person is a child, but perhaps that’s because he doesn’t see children as people.  Perhaps he sees them as possessions.

He also doesn’t seem to understand precisely what violence is.

One time, I heard a father in a meeting with married couples say “I sometimes have to smack my children a bit, but never in the face so as to not humiliate them”.

How beautiful.  He knows the sense of dignity! He has to punish them but does it justly and moves on.

I wouldn’t care what Pope Francis said if it wasn’t a fact that so many people listen to him.  But here he is, endorsing an act that is illegal in many countries for a good reason: we can’t guide children with violence.  All we can do with violence is instil fear, which, I suppose, is pretty much how the Catholic church has always tried to guide its followers (or flock, as it insultingly refers to them).

You might say that a light smack is not violence, to which the obvious reply is, Really?  Is that how you’ll feel the next time a workmate or a family member gives you an unwanted light smack to make you do what they tell you?

I have no doubt that many celibate, childless ideologues will agree with Bergoglio, coming from a position of complete ignorance on childrearing, but luckily, such ideologues have no children of their own.  All we can fear is that they have access to other people’s children.

Methinks the Masque of Bergoglio slippeth.