Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Read between the clouds of incense.

Pulled this off Google Reader. Couldn't resist. Deletions in brackets; additions in italics.


Pope: Millions are losing their religion and declaring God is dead

Modern culture is so [devoid of faith] coming to its senses that some people are declaring God “dead” and entire nations are [losing their identity], enjoying life to the fullest, without fear, Pope Benedict XVI warned yesterday.

The 81-year-old pontiff said that God was being pushed out of people’s lives under the “[harmful and destructive] relentless rational influence” of today’s society, especially YouTube and the bloggers.

His comments, made during a Mass at the start of a month-long synod of Roman Catholic bishops from around the world, come amid growing [concern] glee about the decline in church attendance and interest in religion in many Western nations.

Pope Benedict is particularly worried about a growing indifference to religion in Europe.
[...] His relevance is decreasing at an alarming rate.

In recent decades, the Catholic Church’s influence has seen a decline in developed countries, although it is growing in the Third World, which will be under the influence of magical thinking until it learns that IT is responsible for curing its ills, not some invisible sky-daddy.

Both the Church of Scotland and Scottish Catholic Church have seen a drop in [worshippers] suckers with open wallets in recent years – the Church of Scotland has seen [numbers] revenues fall nearly 60 per cent since 1960, and between 1994 and 2003, Mass attendances fell from 250,000 to 194,728. Earlier this year the Vatican also reported a dramatic fall in the number of Roman Catholic monks and nuns, largely due to the wide availability of internet porn and reduced airfares for travel to Indonesia.

Ronnie Convery, spokesman for the Scottish Catholic Church, said Pope Benedict’s comments reflected the concerns religious leaders had been aware of for some time.
“What we are seeing is that our culture has changed, subtly but significantly for the better,” Mr Convery said. “Many people today, even though they wouldn’t declare themselves atheist, at least not yet, [behave as though God doesn’t exist], let their actions speak for themselves because the lure of common sense and rationality is too strong to resist. Our evolving brains simply won’t allow us to continue this deception.

“One of the main challenges of the Catholic Church is to [remind people of their Christian roots and the important role that the Church has played in the shaping of our culture] intimidate impressionable youngsters, instill them with guilt, and distract them from reality and their own considerable ability to think and reason.”

- Source: Pope: Millions are losing their religion and declaring God is dead, Lyndsay Moss, The Scotsman (Scotland, UK), Oct. 6, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Whoops, I need to tweak my codes. There is nothing else beyond this point!


William Cooney said...

There you are! I've been frantically searching my posts and comments to find the link to your blog. As I recalled, you had links to a sort of treasure trove of "free thinking" sites and blogs. Now I can link up and expand my horizons.

I recall when this message by the pope made the news. I can't help but be amused by the rewrite you performed with your [bracketed] deletions and italicized inerstions. Great touch.

It's funny, but beyond a sense of "good, they deserve their troubles" type feeling I get, I'm infinitely more pleased that the forces or reason seem to be prevailing in this trend. Christopher Hitchens says in God Is Not Great that much more than religion per se, he is opposed to the forces of "anti-reason." That particular view struck a chord with me.

Now am I understanding correctly? This Ronnie Convery is a spokesperson for the Scottish Catholic Church and he made those comments? If that's the case, all I can say is wow!

I can't get away from the notion that this religious worldview is so "unenlightened." It's a word that sticks in my mind, and when I contemplate my present status as a fledgling and amateur intellectual, I am so relieved to have made my escape from all of it.

Thanks for keeping me up to speed on "his highness" or whatever you call him!

Volly said...


Just when I think I've found all the great blogs, another appears. Keep seeking, both blogs and enlightenment!