Wednesday, February 23, 2005

In "Memory and Identity," the Pope also calls abortion a "legal extermination" comparable to attempts to wipe out Jews and other groups in the 20th century.

He also reveals that he is convinced the Turkish gunman who shot him in 1981 did not act alone and suggests that the former Communist Bloc may have been behind the plot to kill him.

The 84-year-old Pontiff's book, a highly philosophical and intricate work on the nature of good and evil, is based on conversations with philosopher friends in 1993 and later with some of his aides.

In one section about the role of lawmakers, the Pope takes another swipe at gay marriages when he refers to "pressures" on the European Parliament to allow them.

"It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man," he writes.

The Pope's fifth book for mass circulation, issued by Italian publisher Rizzoli, sparked controversy in Germany and elsewhere after Jewish groups protested against leaked excerpts comparing the Holocaust to abortion.

In at least two sections of the book, the Pope talks about the Nazi attempt to exterminate Jews and the wholesale slaughter of political opponents by Communist regimes after World War II.


I'm sorry but this is one book I don't think I'll agree with. A "new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man" he claims? What's next? A return of the inquisition since human rights is just a shield to truly "saving sinful souls" with "creative confession gaining?"

HUMAN RIGHTS should never be seen as something one can overstep or treat as less important over ideological values. To do so would open any religious activity that crosses against Human Rights as "perfectly acceptable"... like how these religiously fanatic suicide bombers would ignore the right of others to live in order to do what their beliefs claim is right. Or how women would once again be subject to cruel practices and traditions for ideological purity. The urge to fulfil religious obligations does not outweigh the importance of respecting another's individual rights.

This is just wrong.... I'm sorry Pope... but this is just wrong.

Maybe that's the new ideology of evil really at work. Using the close-mindedness and traditional puritarian views of the Church's human leader to sway the pratice of Faith to one side and abolish the importance of accepting the community of man and the integral value of Human Rights.

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