Why we shouldn't welcome the Pope
Pope QuotesGalileo: Pope Benedict was in charge of Roman Catholic doctrine in 1990 when, as Cardinal Ratzinger, he commented on the 17th-Century Galileo trial. In the speech, he quoted Austrian-born philosopher Paul Feyerabend as saying the Church’s verdict against Galileo had been “rational and just”.
Islam: Reported in the Guardian 16.09.2006: In a speech in his native Germany, the pontiff quoted a Byzantine emperor who characterized some of Muhammad’s teachings as “evil and inhuman,” particularly “his command to spread by the sword the faith.”
AIDS: 17.03.09 the condition was “a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems”.
Gay people: In December 2008 Pope Benedict claimed that the existence of gay people is as great a threat to humanity as the destruction of the rainforest.
Transgender people: He also attacked transgender people and claimed that a “blurring” of genders would lead to the extinction of the human race.
Child sexual abuse in America: Benedict said “I acknowledge the pain that the church in America has experienced as a result of the sexual abuse of minors.” As Penn and Teller paraphrase this “My church feels bad because children got abused”, not “Here’s what I’m doing to stop my employees raping your kids.” USA, 2008 visit.