Pope: White Supremicist?


disturber of the peace
I know, I know, this is going to be viewed as Catholic bashing, etc. But, when I read this, I was shocked. To me, the rhetoric is not a whole lot different than that of a white supremicist. It's scary, I think. This man is in charge of the biggest church on the planet (no?). And...he says things like this??? Scary.


VATICAN CITY (AP) - Europe seems to be losing faith in its future, Pope Benedict said Saturday, citing the continent's population trends, which include generally low birth rates.
"One must unfortunately note that Europe seems to be going down a road which could lead it to take its leave from history," the pontiff told a gathering of the continent's bishops.
The bishops were in Rome for ceremonies to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which marked the start of the Common Market, forerunner of today's European Union.
Benedict did not elaborate on the population trends, but the continent's demographics have been under intense scrutiny for decades.
In countries like Italy, where many married couples have one or no children, the population is expected to shrink dramatically in a generation or two unless the birth rate increases rapidly. Immigrant populations have generally kept the birth rates from decreasing even more.
Benedict said Europe's population trends, "besides putting economic growth at risk, can also cause enormous difficulties for social cohesion, and, above all, favour dangerous individualism, careless about the consequences for the future."
"You could almost think that the European continent is in fact losing faith in its own future," Benedict said.
The pontiff noted differences across the continent about Europe's unification process, which, he said, gives the impression that "various chapters of the European project have been written without taking into adequate consideration the expectations of the citizens."
Continuing a campaign by his predecessor, John Paul II, Benedict has been urging Europeans to keep alive Christian roots. The Vatican had campaigned vigorously to have those roots cited in the EU constitution, but drafters of the text rejected the idea. The constitution itself was voted down by referendums in France and the Netherlands in 2005.
"You cannot think of constructing a common European house, neglecting the very identity of the peoples of our continent," said the German-born pontiff.
Benedict said Europe should be on guard against "that practical attitude, widely diffused today, which systematically justifies compromises on essential human values."
He urged Europe to safeguard rights of conscientious objectors, "whenever fundamental human rights are violated."
Italian church leaders recently urged Catholics to declare themselves conscientious objectors if necessary to avoid any role in policies that contradict the Vatican, including abortion and proposed legislation to give many legal rights to unmarried couples, including same-sex ones.


House Member
Aug 28, 2006
Its not that unusual, nor is he wrong.

European culture will disappear when the majority of people in Europe do not consider European history their history.

Think about this in Canada, when you are asked to describe Canadian history, how many of you even know about which peoples were on the land you live in pre-European? How many of this small number know the history of those people as well you know about the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and British (or Germanic, Spanish, French etc).

It is the same thing. Thats bad news for a faith which will disappear from Europe. Whether that is a bad thing for Europe is another matter entirely.

Getting rid of (or at least heavily de-emphasizing) the old culture might be a good thing..depending on what fills the void that leaves.