the catholic church is dying in europe, mainly because it has lost the ability to engage young people due to its insistence on teachings on sexuality that are somewhat antiquated and laughable
no contraception? why not? it stops disease, it prevents overpopulation (granted, not a problem in europe, but one in the conservative catholic philippines for example)
no artificial conception? why can't childless couples use technology to have kids?
no female priests? no married priests?
so of course you can sense a pattern in all of this... let's see: abstinent stubborn old men insist we listen to them about family planning and sexual behavior
how does that make sense?
do i go to somebody who has never fired a gun to learn the proper etiquette at a gun range?
and homosexuals, yikes... the way the church talks about homosexuals, you would think they were demons incarnate on earth come to eat our souls
and yet where in the united states and canada and elsewhere do you find an organization bending over backwards to protect pedophiles?
answer: the catholic church, where when a pedophile in its ranks come to light, it is apparently more important to hush that up and relocate the offender than it is to protect the children of its members
nice policy to keep the flock intact and receptive to your spiritual teachings, dear shepherds
so yes, the catholic church is doing apparently its very best to be very shrill and very loud and very dumb and very hypocritical on issues of human sexuality
which when you come back to the basics about it all, to compare the words of the catholic church today on sexuality with the cornerstone concepts of jesus's messages on compassion and tolerance, you are hard pressed to see the connection or the significance
but instead, it is not very hard to see some conflict between the man/ his words and the instution supposedly molded in his image and carrying his name
the truth is, young people find the church's notions on sexuality alien and bizarre, and so the church will slowly die unless it evolves to, not radical interpretations of sexual fashions, but to just some simple braindead obvious alterations to their teachings on simple basic concepts of human sexuality
we're not talking embracing pornography and orgies here!
we're talking about simple basic concrete steps which the vast majority of their congregants believe
of course the church doesn't have to evolve at all on its teachings, not at all, it can simply remain steadfast in their conservative sexual teachings and not bend an inch
some people (the dimmest in spirit and weakest of faith and brittlest of thought amongst us) find that appealing
but should the church not change, then that means the church will simply be actively choosing to remain more and more irrelevant to the lives of its members
and so it will slowly wither and die
that seems like a strange course of action to me, if the message of jesus christ, the real core message, is of the paramount concern to the catholic church and the new pope
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.