It’s That Pope Again
My dad was a confirmed, deeply religious Roman Catholic; as in he followed the Latin liturgy pre-Vatican II. I wonder what he would be thinking about now.
The Pope wrote: “The question for those who do not believe in God is to follow their own conscience. Sin, even for a non-believer, is when one goes against one’s conscience. “To listen and to follow your conscience means that you understand the difference between good and evil.” He said that the “mercy of God has no limits” and encompassed even non-believers, but his remarks failed to impress the Italian Union of Atheists and Agnostics. “Why should a non-believer seek legitimization from the Pope?” the association asked.
It was only a few months ago when the Pope pandered to atheists in his definition of “good”. Now it’s all about an individual’s conscience. And of course certain atheists are obliging with their opinions of conscience.
In a recent interview with the Times magazine, Richard Dawkins attempted to defend what he called “mild pedophilia,” which, he says, he personally experienced as a young child and does not believe causes “lasting harm.”
What the pope seems to overlook is the fact that people like Richard Dawkins, whose foolish self-deceptive belief is that he doesn’t think there could possibly be a God, ignore consciences. Mild pedophilia comes down to one thing and theirs is a human evolutionary progression devoid of encumbrances like consciences. Dawkins and his ilk consider such things religious fairy tales because it would imply that there exists something other than their own base impulses to follow. Essentially, conscience would come from transcendence and their existence means nothing higher than pure animal instinct.
Ultimately, the Pope has some ‘splaining do to about conscience. Trying to prove to an atheist he has a conscience is like convincing him there’s God. And if the Pope thinks everyone has a conscience to follow then consciences are like opinions are like butts, everyone’s got one. Consciences come in all sorts of conditions, including seared, pan fried, stoned. I have serious doubts about his and why anyone should follow his lead. Or perhaps the Pope would be satisfied with “mild pedophilia” as well?
Convenient it is that these three stories occur within such a short period of time from each other. Take the Iowa Democrats, for example. What about their conscience?
“We give thanks, oh Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care.”
“We pray for increased financial support for low-income women to access contraception, abortion and childcare.”
“Today, we pray for women in developing nations, that they may know the power of self-determination. May they have access to employment, education, birth control and abortion.”
Praying to God for abortions? And the Pope thinks “one goes against one’s conscience” is sin? We’re seeing what happens when people follow their consciences, and it’s frightening.