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Pope ‘stable’ in hospital

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See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

I do hope that the Pope will recover from his current ill health. As much as I disagree with almost everything he says, I still have the upmost respect for someone who can have such amazingly strong faith. It sounds critical to say that someone has faith despite clear scientific evidence against their beliefs (just as the Pope believes that condoms do not prevent HIV transmission), and yet, in actual fact, that is a truly amazing feat for such an intelligent and learned man.

How many people believe in things only up until the point that modern science proves them wrong? The vast majority. It takes something very special to overlook scientific progress, and still stick to your beliefs. In some cases, it can be due to a lack of education and a certain amount of brain-washing, but the Pope is certainly not uneducated, which suggests he has a phenomenal, unwavering faith.

As much as I disagree with his ideas on condom use and gay marriage, I still find some people’s comments on many internet forums (such as this one) most disturbing:

Yeah but this is a man who’s done almost as much damage to the world as Hitler, so we’d be better off without him. By his insistence on Catholics not using condoms he’s sentenced millions to death through AIDS.

How can anyone even begin to compare someone suggesting what those who choose to be members of a religion may like to do in their daily lives to genocide? As many times as I read that quotation, it still shocks me.

The Pope is an amazing man, and I hope he recovers fully and expediently.

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16:50
24th December 2005.

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