Another Perspective: Do we really need the Pope?
By: Ramin Gouhari
The recent politically charged issue of legally mandating Catholic
Health Services to provide employees with contraception shook up the never-ending
debate about separation of church and state.
Catholic women overwhelmingly came
down in favor of receiving birth control services. As the issue is about the
rights of women and their bodies, why do we care what an 84 year old German man
in a white robe thinks?
In 2009 the Pope made his first visit to Africa and instructed
the people not to use condoms. 17% of Africa’s population is Catholic. It is
more than conceivable that some of these devout Catholics took his instruction
and in doing so, contracted aids. If his instructions on sexuality could lead
to death, why would we listen to this conservative man that lives in a palace who’s
abstained from intimacy his entire life?
At age 14, Ratzinger enrolled as a
Hitler youth. 2 years later he was drafted into the German Army during the Second
World War. What divinity or higher wisdom exists in a former Hitler-youth that could
evade any normal human being with a working mind?
Many in the catholic faith have parted with the Pope’s views and stances over the years yet the Media continues to
follow his every move, tirelessly reporting his every statement and making
clear his every view. Questioning his relevance, influence or importance is a
discussion usually avoided by the mainstream media.
Perhaps when the media no longer fears reporting the negative implications to some of his stances, we may
begin a serious dialogue about whether or not society should vest so much in
the words of one human being.