Jessel, the Tri-felge Putenard,
is the subject of part IV of my Bishops Gone Wild
series. This means the bishops of the Catholic Church and the Church of England are now neck and neck after a promising start
by the C of E: come on Anglicans, put your backs into it!
Jessel was reported
as saying that saving humanity from gayness was as important as saving the rain forests. There's no official English translation of his remarks, but a comment on Ruth Gledhill's blog
provides a translation from a papal fan-site (yes, really
), and the BBC has translated some extracts
here on LJ have been saying the media have got the wrong end of the stick, and that the speech didn't mention gays at all. However, Reuters
reports that the term "gender" in Italian is "a broad term that includes anyone who doesn’t identify entirely with their assigned sex and can include homosexuals, bisexuals, pansexuals and others." Anyone out there know some Italian?
The rest of the talk about sex in the speech sounds like the usual natural law
stuff. Humanae Vitae
gets a mention, so you can read that
if you want to see an example of the reasoning here, such as it is.
What with this stuff and all that substance/accidents transubstantiation
stuff, the church does seem rather wedded to Aquinas
and his scholastic friends (although transubstantiation is also What the Bible Says
). I hope for some sort of slow reform, whereby they'd gradually change to using more modern incorrect physics: perhaps there's mileage in the idea that prayers are transmitted via the luminiferous aether
because God is the Absolute. Or something. I'm hoping to work phlogiston in there too. andrewducker
says that we shouldn't be surprised
when theists say the funniest things. Perhaps not, but inasmuch as the Pope has some influence on people's lives, he deserves the storm he's called up.