In what may seem like a bad Christmas season joke, Pope Benedict XVI on Friday targeted gays for the second straight time in a week. In the wake of the recent marriage equality wins in America, and the upcoming push in Britain and France, the Pope said:
People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being," he said. "They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves
He also added for good measure:
The question of the family ... is the question of what it means to be a man, and what it is necessary to do to be true men. (The defense of the family) … is about man himself
These are the comments of a religious hypocrite. Love thy neighbor? I think not. How can someone like that say he loves gays and lesbians, or anyone in the LGBT? It is customary for the clergy, many of whom, like the Pope have been riddled with documented stories of cover ups and pay outs of pedophiles, to focus on the male part of the LGBT community. Perhaps one thing the church has akin to most heterosexual men is the fact that, when it comes to being gay, apparently, the focus is on “ manhood”. To be taught about being a man from an octogenarian who has never been married, or presumably even had sex, is a far stretch indeed.
What about the assumption about what it takes to be a man and do what’s needed to be a true one? Pope Benedict seems to have the answers. A man who had a brother who was a priest, and a sister who managed his house until her death in 1991, also never married. It seems he and his siblings sidestepped God’s plan for male and females..doesn’t it? I was a virgin until I was 26. Not an easy thing for a Latino kid growing up in Spanish Harlem. So, had I continued being a virgin and denying that I am the person God meant me to be, the Pope and clergy (as they did back then) would have applauded me. Sorry, I wasn’t put on earth to be God’s replica. None of us were. It seems to be the one major flaw in most religious teachings.
Suffice it to say, that the Pope may be able to speak several languages, may have millions of followers, may teach so called divine doctrine, but he cannot tell me, or any other man how to be a man. I believe we’ve had more practice than he.