Apparently, saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour is as important as protecting the environment. Homosexuality will, according to his Holiness, contribute to the destruction of the human race.
Wrong. Utterly wrong. Stupid, derisory, wrong, cretinous, risible, wrong, divisive, insulting. And wrong.
Firstly, I think we'd all take the Pontiff's comments a lot more seriously if he were equally stringent in his attempts to stop priests from buggering altar boys. But that's another post. Instead, let's realise what his Holiness is actually concerned about.
Be assured, for the Catholic Church this isn't about The Book. It's about The Balance Sheet.
The Catholic Church is one of the richest entities on the planet. Just look at its holdings of land - from its churches on pieces of prime real-estate up to an entire country. And where does it get its money?
Well, leaving aside the odd spot of looting and pillaging over the years, the income of the Church has always come largely from the largesse of its congregations.
The purpose of a Catholic is simple - to donate money to the Church, and to breed lots of little Catholics to donate their money to the Church. Even the Nativity scene makes sure everyone's aware of the need to donate - Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were extremely expensive in their time.
Homosexual relationships, therefore, have a severe impact on the raison d'etre of the Catholic Church - they reduce the likelihood of children being born, which in turn reduces the number of donors to the Church. This reduces their opportunity to make money. Which is, for their business, A Bad Thing. The same can be said of the other bugbear for the Holy See - contraception.
The Pope is the CEO of a large company that makes its money from the credulity of its believers. The Bible speaks of a God of love, of tolerance and of peace - yet for the Catholic Church, there's only love and tolerance for those whose lifestyle ensures the continuance of their income.
Merry Christmas to all, and goodwill to all men from the Holy Roman Empire, eh?