Pope Benedict is at it again. Two months ago in Spain, he met with Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in a quixotic display. He railed against the country's legalized same-sex marriage and liberalized divorce law.
Now he has turned to Canada, apparently in an effort to influence any potential vote to reconsider SSM there. From the Vatican today, he decried the separation of church and state.
As he put it, SSM resulted from "the exclusion of God from the public sphere." He also tried to guilt trip Catholic Canadian MPs and other politicians in saying they gave into "the exclusion of God from the public sphere."
As so many rightwing religious functionaries, he pushes advocacy, even while holding precious that government never interfere with his church. After 25 years as head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (the disciplinary arm of the church, formerly known as the Roman Inquisition), Benny just can't stop scolding.
He told a group of Ontario bishops, "In the name of tolerance, your country has had to endure the folly of the redefinition of spouse, and in the name of freedom of choice it is confronted with the daily destruction of unborn children."
He and predecessor Pope John Paul II tried vainly to threaten or cajole world leaders on several political issues. Nearly all their efforts have failed badly.
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