I can only hope this is a translation error coupled by a liberal paraphrasing of what he actually said. I cannot credit that any pope can be this stupid prior to becoming senile.
Hey, Catholics, I am not in your club. So I am not going to argue your internal club rules with you. I don’t have a say in that. I am not talking about the theologigal questions here, but the rational and logical arguments. The term “deviant” implies that there is a standard religion from which one can “deviate”. It is what the word means. So, if the pope refering to his own little club as the Standard “catholic” church and all others being deviant?
Or perhaps he would include the Orthodox churches, since their own definitions as “orthodox” includes the idea of “non-deviancy”.
Does me mean to exclude from the deviant list all of the rest of the trampled teaming masses of humanity?
‘Losing their freedom, people become enslaved, whether to the latest fads, or to power, money, or even deviant forms of religion,’ he said, laying the blame on ‘a culture of rejection’ which leads to ‘the breakdown of society and spawning violence and death.’
Ah, it seems he wasn’t just talking about religions. But for the purposes of this discussion, let’s pull on that religion bit a little more.
‘Religious fundamentalism, even before it eliminates human beings by perpetrating horrendous killings, eliminates God himself, turning him into a mere ideological pretext,’ he said.
WTF? Isn’t the POPE the chief fundementalist of the Catholic Church? Fundementalist, meaning, to believe in and propagate the fundementals? If the Pope doesn’t accept and believe in the Fundementals of the Christian faith, then what is he doing there? This has GOT to be another translation error. Perhaps he said “radicalized moslems” and the editors at the Daily Mail wanted it to include Westboro Baptist Church in the same pool with Boco Haram.
This story makes no sense. I don’t expect the Pope to be an expert on anything other than Catholicism. But I would expect him to not use language that can be interpreted as attacking his own most devoutly faithful members. There are no fundementalist sects of Christianity that are causing war, slavery, rape, and murder. Nor Hindu sects. Nor Jewish fendementalists. if the Pope, cannot proclaim that the problem is a particular religion being practiced fundementally, then he should probably just now talk about this subject. I suppose I should just be grateful he didn’t take on Global warming and greedy American capitalists.