Sunday, January 4, 2009

Pope: Women's Pee Polluting the Environment

It is odd that Joseph Ratzinger (aka, Pope Benedict XVI) claims to know so much about women's urine, seeing how little experience either he or any of his priests have with adult females (or adults in general). Still, that does not stop the Catholic Church from hating women and blaming them for the fall of man.

Contraceptive pill is polluting environment: Vatican newspaper

VATICAN CITY (AFP) — The contraceptive pill is polluting the environment and is in part responsible for male infertility, a report in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said Saturday.

The pill "has for some years had devastating effects on the environment by releasing tonnes of hormones into nature" through female urine, said Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, in the report.

"We have sufficient evidence to state that a non-negligible cause of male infertility in the West is the environmental pollution caused by the pill," he said, without elaborating further.

"We are faced with a clear anti-environmental effect which demands more explanation on the part of the manufacturers," added Castellvi.

The article was promptly dismissed by several organisations.

"Once metabolised, the hormones contained in oral contraceptives no longer have any of the characteristic effects of feminine hormones," said Gianbenedetto Melis, vice-president of a contraceptive research association, quoted by the ANSA news agency.

The hormones contained in the pill such as oestrogen "are present everywhere... in plastic, in disinfectants, in meat that we eat," added Flavia Franconi, of the Society of Italian Pharmacology.

Pope Benedict XVI in October reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's condemnation of artificial birth control.

Contraception "means negating the intimate truth of conjugal love, with which the divine gift (of life) is communicated," the leader of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics wrote on the 40th anniversary of a papal encyclical on the topic.

An encyclical is a letter usually treating some aspect of Catholic doctrine and issued occasionally by the pope.

The landmark document, whose title in English is "On the Regulation of Birth", was published at a time when the development of the Pill was giving new sexual freedom to women across the world.

Millions of Catholics distanced themselves from Rome as a result.

I would comment further, but there is nothing more to say. It is like the KKK giving a press conference and blaming black people and Jews for poverty in the Appalachia. Some things, no matter how stupid, need to be shown for what they are, rather than commented on.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

With the problems facing the planet at this moment in time, the pope's words are ridiculously out of touch, as are most of the pope's words when he is not calling for peace. The pope is concerned about falling birth rates. Of course the Vatican City State does not have a birth rate that we know of. I personally think that if the pope wants a higher population rate he should get those nuns and monks to start popping out their own little rascals.

With regard to the REAL WORLD I think that calling for higher birth rates is absolutely ridiculous. The current population of the earth is 6,752,882,568 and growing every nanosecond. On this planet humans are facing water shortages- some extremely severe, drought, increasing pollution, filled up garbage dumps leaking toxic waste, global warming, loss of natural environments and resources, lack of housing/ food/ clothing and water for many millions of people and mass starvation on a global scale. There are around 30,000,000 to 100,000,000 orphans on the planet. In countries where poor women do not have access to health care, birth control or safe abortions they are taking dangerous steps to terminate pregnancies because they already have too many starving children surrounding them.

And the pope from his gilded ivory tower says that women aren't having enough babies. Well excuse me, but he is wrong. The planet would do well to decrease its population rather than increase it since it is much easier to solve our problems if we are fewer people rather than more. The pope would certainly like more people to give him their donations and is certainly sad that the people of Italy have stopped filling his pockets and gilding his churches- which by the way are pretty much all empty.

Women have the right in the free world to control their fertility and this is a good thing. It is a good thing for everyone that women can have as many babies as they want to or none at all. The pope may not realize it but the world has changed greatly since his power was limited in 1870. And it will keep on changing as we have become more rational, better educated, and have had the ability to make our own choices regarding our bodies, not those dictated by his church filled with men wearing lacy skirts or expensive fancy outfits while the nuns slump around in drab sad clothes.

The pope can increase the population rate I suppose by just telling the nuns and monks to make more babies. But I think he should stop telling us what to do.