Later this evening, I went to Drudge Report (I'm beginning to think I should abstain from it, its reportage seems to be getting stupider). My interest was immediately piqued by an article titled "Church leader rails at 'cloning arrogance'"
Hot scoop! I clicked eager to find out what Church leader was railing at what.
EVERY SINGLE STATEMENT that this stupid news article reported as "a Church leader railing" was taken from the text of Ratzinger's Stations service! You heard that right, gentle reader. Some reporter attended the service and decided that when the Cardinal read out the "reflections" part of each Station, where traditionally the presider relates the particular event in the Passion to sinful behaviors still requiring repentance and conversion of heart, he was "railing" and "lambasting".
The "railing" was Cardinal Ratzinger, in his priestly function taking over for the Pope who is too ill to preside at Triduum services this year, leading his flock in a by-the-book Good Friday religious practice carried out for centuries in thousands of Catholic churches all over the world.
It's called being a priest, Mr. Reporter sir. If you are working the religion beat, shouldn't you have a glancing familiarity with the religion you are covering? 39 lashes with a wet noodle!
Read the whole thing. Talk about disconnect.
Fri Mar 25, 2:36 PM ET
ROME (AFP) - The Roman Catholic Church's chief doctrinal enforcer, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, hit out at human cloning and the "arrogance" of mankind that thought it could conquer death through its own efforts.
Ratzinger, thought of as a possible successor to Pope John Paul (news - web sites) II, also lambasted priests who soiled the church's reputation -- a reference to paedophile scandals in Austria and the United States in particular.
The 77-year-old cardinal made the comments during a Good Friday ceremony commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus, in which he stood in for the ailing pope.
"The arrogance that makes us think that we ourselves can create human beings has turned man into a kind of merchandise, to be bought and sold, or stored to provide parts for experimentation," said Ratzinger, head of the Vatican (news - web sites) Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
"In doing this, we hope to conquer death by our own efforts, yet in reality we are profoundly debasing human dignity."
The church has firmly opposed human cloning, arguing for a worldwide ban covering "reproductive" cloning, in which embryos are cloned in fertility treatments, as well as theraputic cloning, in which embryos are harvested for their tissues and then destroyed.
It has called on Italians to abstain from voting in a forthcoming referendum on changes to Italy's strict new fertility laws in the hopes that the vote will be voided because of a low turnout.
Ratzinger, in the meditations at the Way of the Cross ceremony at Rome's Colosseum, also turned the spotlight on the church itself.
"Should we not also think of how much Christ suffers in his own church," he asked. "How much filth there is in the church, and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to him. How much pride, how much self-complacency."
The prelate compared the church to a "boat about to sink".
"The soiled garments and face of your church throw us into confusion. Yet it we ourselves who have soiled them. It is we who betray you time and again!"
The cardinal also scathingly attacked world leaders and politicians for their arrogance.
"How often are the symbols of power, borne by the great ones of this world, an affront to truth, to justice and to the dignity of man! How many times are their pomps and their lofty words nothing but grandiose lies, a parody of their solemn obligation to serve the common good," he said.
"Justice is trampled underfoot by weakness, cowardice and fear of the diktat of the ruling mindset. The quiet voice of conscience is drowned out by the cries of the crowd. Evil draws its power from indecision and concern for what other people think".
no wonder people don't respect the press anymore