Saturday, September 18, 2010

Papal Visit: Thousands Protest against Pope in London



"Thousands have marched in London to protest against the Pope's visit. Organisers of the Protest the Pope event said they wanted to highlight his stance on controversial subjects, including the ordination of women.Sex abuse and Catholic opposition to contraception have also been criticised..."

Bridget Mary's Reflection

According to the BBC news story Al Murray, a comedian who was part of the protest group, said: "The Pope's opposition to condoms kills people. It is all very well him lecturing us on morals but he should look at his own organisation's view."

Mr. Murray reflects the contradictions in Pope Benedict's worldview and teaching. The Catholic Church proclaims that it is a pro-life church, yet it puts people's lives at risk everyday by its opposition to condoms. In Africa, for example, thousands, perhaps, hundred of thousands of women die because their partners do not use condoms during sexual intercourse. These women, often faithful spouses, became infected with the HIV AIDS virus. This teaching is morally reprehensible and should be changed if the church is to truly be pro-life and pro-women. Pope Benedict should ask himself: what would Jesus do? The teachings of the church should reflect the values of justice and compassion in the Gospels. Jesus treated women and men as equals and partners.. Therefore there is no justification for the Catholic Church's teachings which puts women's lives at risk and that excludes women from ordained ministry. More than ever, the Catholic Church needs womenpriests! Bridget Mary Meehan, sofiabmm@aol.com,703-505-0004

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