An Atheist’s take on the recent Catholic Church’s news. What are they smoking?by Don Lacey on Mar. 13, 2013, under Art & Culture, Atheism, Atheist Humor, Christian Self-Righteous Arrogance, Christianity, Critical Thinking, Economics, Education, Faith, History, Logic, Mormonism, Religion
The believers of all faiths have a public relations problem. For example, in an attempt the fix their particular situation, the Mormons have blasted the airways with a series of ads showing common and exceptional people claiming, “I’m a Mormon.” However, Brian Dalton, the writer and director of the Mr. Deity Show, has a series called “The Way of the Mister.” His latest is called, “The Way of the Mister: And I’m a Formon.” He answers the advertisements of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his own take as a Former Mormon or as he calls himself—A Formon.
The Catholic Church has been faced with devastating public relations for some time. The last Pope—Benedict XVI—formerly Cardinal Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, had a troublesome past that didn’t play well in the popular media. In spite of the fact that he was an unwilling conscript in the Hitler Youth in 1941, his association with the Nazis was a damaging media trope. Of minor significance is the fact that his names were easily lampooned. Look how long it took to call him “Ex Benedict” after his retirement. The sexual abuse of minors came to light while Cardinal Ratzinger was high up in the Church’s bureaucracy and he was accused of being part of the cover-up. The truth may have been that he was one of the more aggressive prosecutors. While much of his media problems were inherited, some were well-earned. He rejected the use of condoms as a way of combating AIDS in Africa and in a world that has come to accept a wider view human sexuality; he continued to give interviews that were considered by many homophobic.
The Papal Conclave of 2013 has made its selection and announced it through the ritualistic release of white smoke from a chimney on top of the Vatican. His name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio and has taken on the name Francis I. It’s hard to believe that in the history of 266 popes, there hasn’t been a “Francis” in the bunch. Have you tweeted about this yet? Francis I did! ““HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM” or “We haz Pope.” The first thing he needs to know is that it’s very impolite to type tweets with the caps lock on. If we’ve learned anything from history, we know that rituals do occasionally change (you should really check out this one!) Do you suppose the white smoke announcement will be replaced with the official Vatican Tweet anytime soon?
What does it matter to an Atheist? There are a lot of former Catholics within our ranks and people are regularly leaving the Church for Atheism. The FreeThinking Community of Tucson which includes FreeThought Arizona, Tucson Atheists, Skeptics of Tucson, and the Secular Student Alliance at the U of A don’t make Atheists. We provide social support and a place where FreeThinkers can come together and participate in rational discussions without fearing retribution from religious family members and coworkers.