Just in time to meddle in our presidential election, Pope Benedict XVI has released his second encyclical titled “Spe Salvi” or “Saved by Hope.” In this document he attacks atheism, saying it has led to some of the “greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice” ever known. Wait a minute! What about the cruelty and injustice meted out by his church—the slaughter of tens of millions of victims via crusades, massacres, religious wars, the Inquisition and pogroms. And don’t forget the witch hunts in Europe and in America.
Following the Pope’s attack on atheism comes the church’s assault on our mothers, sisters, aunts, wives and daughters. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a voter’s guide, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” that says it is “intrinsically evil” to support legal abortion. The carefully chosen language would have you believe that this has been the church’s position for 2,000 years. History tells us otherwise.
Intrinsic evil is the Catholic church’s sexism against women. Catholic priests who sexually abuse children are intrinsically evil. Catholic authorities who routinely cover-up and deny systemic sexual abuse are intrinsically evil.
Isn’t it time to revoke this church’s tax exemption?
— Betty Garofano