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Saturday, July 08, 2006

What's the difference between a pope and a frill-necked lizard?

I stole the title from Pharyngula, my favorite science (and philosophy) blog, and the photos from Pandagon. (His answer: Not Much. Mine: The lizard seems friendlier.)

It seems that the "Poop," (as my friend Beth, a Catholic, calls him) is off to Spain to save marriage. Well, to save the "right" kind of marriage. Spain doesn't seem interested in his help:
Pope Benedict XVI travels to Spain this weekend as part of his campaign to defend the traditional family, visiting a predominantly Roman Catholic country that allows gay marriage, divorce and abortion.

For months Benedict has been denouncing gay marriage and other challenges to church doctrine in Europe and elsewhere - recently summed up by the Vatican as the “greatest threat ever” to the traditional family based on marriage between a man and a woman.

…Relations have been so strained between the Holy See and Madrid that a meeting between Benedict and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was only confirmed a few weeks before the trip. The meeting is scheduled to take place in Valencia on Saturday afternoon on Benedict’s turf - the residence of Valencia’s archbishop.

Benedict, a German, has made combating a Europe of empty churches and religious apathy a priority of his papacy. Vatican officials have declared that such former Catholic bedrocks as Spain are in need of what they call a “new evangelization.”
Perhaps those empty pews should be telling him something? Perhaps not everyone thinks that the church should preach exclusion and condemnation on those that Jesus neither excluded or condemned?


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