A rant from War Wizard
Ok, let’s get the confessions out of the way first.
1.) I haven’t been to a Catholic mass for at least 20 years.
2.) I’m married.
3.) I think the Catholic church holds onto views that are extremely outdated.
So, let’s address reason one. I lost my faith in the Catholic Chrch a long time ago, probably around the time my parents got divorced. Part of this was due to the fact of getting religion shoved down my throat by my mother every Sunday. You gotta believe in Christ the almighty. I hated Easter. Not because of what it was supposed to represent, but I knew on “Good Friday” from 12-3 PM we were going to be on our knees praying. With no music or TV or anything but our thoughts and the Bible.
So how Catholic am I? Well, I’ve been baptized and Confirmed (Confirmation name of Simon) and which basically means I can be a prick bastard my whole life but if at the end I find it in my heart to repent for my actions, I am supposed to get into heaven. WHAT A BUNCH OF SHIT THAT IS. So, instead of being a decent human being my entire life, as long as I regret being a dickhead and apologize, then ask forgiveness from the church, I am on the same level as Mother Theresa.
Just one of the many flaws of the Catholic belief.
Please. In the Catholic Church, you are supposed to get counseling from a priest to see if you are ready to be married. The Priest is married to God. You know what? God doesn’t suck my dick. There’s no way a man who has never been married has any way of knowing of how to live with a wife/partner/husband. And, if the priest were married, there would be a huge reduction in the number of altar boys who are abused. Listed up church. SEX is normal and NEEDED. I don’t need an oath of celibacy to prove to me that you are religious. Be a good person and treat others well, and I think that applies to just being a good human, not credited to a religion of any kind.
You need someone young in there. I’m not even 40 yet, so I could be the Pope for a good 40 years I could usher in a whole new way of thinking. Marriages for priests. Get past the entire homosexuality problem you have. Guess what? Every gay person I know is more open minded and charitable than your followers. They are there to talk and help however they can, and DON’T EXPECT ANYTHING IN RETURN. You on the other hand pass out 2 collections for money at every service.
Yes, we all know money makes the world go round, and we all need some. But stop acting like the Catholic church is poor. Have you seen the Vatican? It’s one of the most luxurious places on Earth. Why not sell that gold you have plastered on the walls to help out some kids who need a well dug in their village? O wait, they’re not Christians, so you can’t help them, that’s why. Now I remember.
The Crusades. Whoops. Time to finally admit that was a bad idea.
My first act would be to release all the information the church has held back. I’m tired of history being told by men who crave power yet hide behind a shield of religion so that they can dictate to others what they can and cannot know about. This world has so much to offer, and there are people in history who have been wronged greatly by the church, and that’s why we all know you keep your secrets hidden.
Next move – see the marriage statement. Let all the men and women get married and have families. THEN, when a priest talks to me about marriage advice, at least I know he has a REAL point of reference.
Relocate the Vatican.
As in, move it to a place with no perceived religious “holy ground” Why?
PROVE YOUR RELIGION. If it’s the best answer to why we are here, you can be located anywhere in the world and help people.
Giving your time to others is how we should all live, and not just because a religion told me to. Another thing, you need to get rid of that bullshit line of “God has laid it upon my heart to tell
All that really translates into is: I’m too chicken shit to tell you myself, so instead, I will play to your religious beliefs and say that God or Jesus told me to tell you something.
Be honest with people. If you don’t know something, say it. Are you telling me that Jesus really turned water into wine? Really? Where is that technology? Miracles are an easy way to explain
something away without any proof.
The Catholic Church needs a kick in the ass in reality. Realize that the world has changed, and the old stuffy ways of living in the past are over. People are leaving everyday in droves because
today we have this thing called the Internet where people can become informed of many topics and aren’t forced to rely on what “someone else” told them.
Despite all of this, I do hold in high regards I had for a Catholic priest who lived and died in a tiny little shit town named Evans City (PA), at the St Mathais church. His name was Father Ritzert and he was what all other “men of the cloth” should aspire to. He was always giving to others – be it his time, money or words of wisdom. Always knew the right thing to say and treated everyone as an equal – a human being.
If it weren’t for him, I’d say all your priests were a bunch of closet pedophiles looking to get some action with the Altar boys. There’s just something wrong with men and women not being able to have sex.
I almost forgot about Ash Wednesday. Or as my non-religious friend calls it – “Dirty Forehead Day”. Again, nothing wrong wrong with demonstrating your faith.
Let’s get one thing clear. I am not against religion in any way. People need to beleive in something that gives them comfort. Only when religious people get fanatical and try to press their beliefs onto me do I get offended. Believe what you want, it doesn’t matter to me, but don’t tell me that I am wrong because I don’t believe the same thing that you do.
Back to my Popeship.
Another action to take is to stop dressing like a wizard. Why do I need all of that? It’s just an outfit. The clothes don’t make the man, it’s his actions.
Boil it all down and you’ll see that I bring a common sense to the Catholic way of thinking. Address reality and move forward. The only constant IS change so embrace it. And don’t forget to pay me while I’m there.
The next Pope needs to understand that faith is not a product to be sold, but a service for comfort.