I'm not what you'd call a religious person.
brainwashed educated into the Roman Catholic setup but as soon as I reached an age where I could think for myself, I decided I had too many problems with their beliefs so I went my own way.
Back in those days life was sort of tricky for Catholics as there were so many damn rules.
It was apparently a mortal sin to eat meat of a Friday. It was a mortal sin to partake in manual work on a Sunday [though that did come in handy for avoiding household chores]. There were regular "fast days" where we couldn't eat or drink anything except bread and water. Homosexuals, contraceptives and women were the Spawn of Satan and were to be avoided at all costs, on pain of eternal damnation in the Fires of Hell.
Many's the retreat I went on in my school days where we would be lectured at length about the evils of sex in all its forms and if they weren't waffling about sex they were giving us great graphic descriptions of the souls in torment, burning in everlasting fires in the pit of hell. Women apparently were the cause of virtually every evil to befall man and time and time again we were warned about them. This of course made women all the more interesting to us young lads, but that's beside the point.
The latest Head Honcho in the Catholic Church seems to be creating a few waves though.
There is no Hell, apparently. It has gone the way of Purgatory and Limbo which were abolished a while ago. I never discovered what happened to the souls in Purgatory or Limbo. Were they given a retrial or was there some kind of Papal Pardon?
The Bible is not to be taken as gospel too. This is really going to piss a lot of people off but what the hell. Ooops! Can't say "what the hell" any more?
To add to the confusion, heterosexuals and homosexuals are now classed as equal and good people as far as the church is concerned. The gang in Westboro won't be too pleased with that?
Adam and Eve never existed either which must come as a shock to all of us as we are supposed to be their descendants? Presumably if they never existed then by default we're all abolished too?
A strange pronouncement is that all religions are equal. This is a bit like Ford saying that all cars are equal and they are happy no matter what model you drive? Il Papa says that even atheists are good people and somehow by default are deeply religious. That's nice of him?
The biggest upset of the apple cart as far as the cardinals and bishops are concerned though is that women apparently aren't the Root of all Evil after all. Not only are they not evil, His Popishness reckons they should be made into priests, bishops and cardinals. This of course is the ultimate heresy. He even reckons that one day a woman will be pope.
It won't happen in his lifetime.
And why do I have a feeling that the latter won't be very long?