(*Disclaimer: Whenever I talk about religion on this blog, like I have witnessed in real life, people get totally bent out of shape. Look, I want an open discussion and your coments, positive or negative are always welcomed. But before taking things out of context, or seeing my post as a damnation to hell, just rememeber that you are reading the blog of a man that talks about "mouth hugs", "throatchgoppping dudes", and once wrote a post entitled "An idiots guide to cheating", so keep my previous behavior in mind when reading my daily ramblings: Thank you.)
As a practicing catholic there are a few positives and negatives that I have had to come to grips with. Positives: 1)Most catholic services are about 45 minutes, it is like a religious drive-through. No siting in church for five hours, waiting for the preacher to wrap it up. 2)Catholic church is spiritual Tae-Bo, with all the standing, sitting, hugging, standing.. I lose weight whenever I go. 3)As a kid, seeing a fine ass girl wearing a catholic school uniform gave me quite the "chubby"(erection) 4)Confessional rules. Listen, I know people hate this about catholicism, but telling your sins to a person and then everything being OK is dope, as long as you do what he says. You say, "Father, I slept with my brothers wife and the two kids that he is raising are mine. Not only that, I murdered his cat, embezzled 2 million dollars from him, and he needs a kidney to save his life but I refused" Father: "OK, give me 3 hail Mary's and two "Our Fathers" Man: "That's it? Sweeeet!" Its like getting a prescription filled or some shit.
Negatives: 1)As a realist, you know that there are some rules that you will have to break. The catholic Church is against contraception, what is that about? If I followed that rule I would have a shitload of dreadlock crumb-snatchers, and I would be forced to deal with women that I only slept with because I was drunk one night. Also, the no sex before marriage stuff was a rule that I knew was going to be broken, I knew that when I was a boy. 2)They should really let priests marry, this shit is getting ridiculous. If they did, those pent up sexual urges wouldn't have sick fucks molesting kids. The sad part is that those molesters give the good, honest, and moral priests a bad name. 3)There are some hot girls at catholic mass, but you don't get the same luscious ghetto booty that you get at baptist churches. I went to a friends Baptist church last month and the girls in there looked like they belonged in a Jay-Z video, or a crunk video, or on somebody's stripper pole. I was pitching a serious "tent" that day.
I followed John Paul II somewhat through the years, but not totally. I always figured that I would do what I wanted, and I'm probably sure the catholic church would frown on some of the things that I did or beliefs that I have. Being that I am pro choice, use contraception when having premarital sex, I once got a mouth hug in a confessional, and I had sex in the bathroom of a wake that I went to probably means the church wouldn't endorse this blog.
Our new Pope, well I don't want to criticize his past because who knows what kind of Pope he will be. But here are a few interesting tidbits concerning Pope Benedict XVI:
At 78 years-old, he is the oldest man to be elected pope in three centuries and he is the first German pope in a thousand years.
In his teens, he was briefly a member of the Hitler Youth, drafted into the army and eventually deserted.
He served time in a POW camp.
In 1951, he was ordained and became a Cardinal in 1977. In 1981, Pope John Paul II appointed him head of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, where he has served for the last quarter of a century.
He is widely viewed as a conservative theologian and a hard-line enforcer of Catholic Church doctrine. In the 1980s, Ratzinger was a fierce opponent of liberation theology.
He strongly opposes abortion,
He strongly opposes to an increased role of women in the church(Reasons he gives: 1)That women don't bear a natural resemblance to Jesus in the Eucharist. 2)That there were no women at the Last Supper. 3)That the kind of nuptial imagery, the bride and bridegroom imagery that the Church uses would be violated if women were the priests)
He strongly opposes artificial birth control
He strongly opposes homosexuality.
He has been seen as trying to cover up the sex abuse scandals concerning priests. His view was that the whole thing was "Overblown"
In 2003, Ratzinger's office issued instructions to Catholic politicians to vote against gay marriage. During last year's presidential election campaign, he advised US bishops to deny Communion to politicians who support abortion rights - who many saw as directly targeting Catholic presidential candidate, John Kerry.