Saturday, July 31, 2004

Pope: No Sex in Heaven 

Which means, we guess, that being in heaven is pretty much like being the Pope. (Maybe even better: no pederasty = no payoffs!) But wait, there's more. In his latest spasm of inerrancy, the Prattlin' Pontiff has concluded that feminism is bad for you:
The Vatican issued a letter Saturday attacking the "distortions" and "lethal effects" of feminism, which it defined as an effort to erase differences between men and women -- a goal, the statement said, that undermines the "natural two-parent structure" of the family and makes "homosexuality and heterosexuality virtually equivalent."

The sharp critique was contained in a document issued by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a chief adviser to Pope John Paul II and head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the department in charge of laying out Roman Catholic orthodoxy. The 37-page document also outlined the Vatican's own formula for relationships between men and women, calling for "active collaboration between the sexes" and rejecting subjugation of women.

The statement was the latest Vatican salvo against trends it regards as undermining its teachings on sexuality and the family. Vatican officials have assailed abortion and contraception; politicians who support abortion through legislation; and legalized same-sex unions. The pope approved the document issued Saturday, which is titled "Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Collaboration of Men and Women in the Church and the World" . . . .

"It takes extreme positions that may have been historically held by five people and casts them as if they were held by every woman," [said Frances Kissling, president of Catholics for a Free Choice]. "The feminism I know is all for partnerships and is all for empowering both men and women. The feminism I know does not ignore the fact that there are sexual differences" . . . .

In the afterlife, the letter stated, men and women will continue to be different, but sex will come to an end. "The temporal and earthly expression of sexuality is transient," it declared.
And in case you forget, Alex Chilton will be playing on every jukebox . . . .

UPDATE (8/1): The BBC asked Avedon Carol what she thought about all this, and she told them.

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