Goodbye, evil Pope.
At least this Pope admitted that the Catholic Church is unable to decide what is good and what is evil.
On December 20, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI described how the Catholic Church hasn’t had a consistent moral stand against the sexual abuse of children. As reported in the media (quotation from the Belfast Telegraph), he said:
“In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said. “It was maintained – even within the realm of Catholic theology – that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a ‘better than’ and a ‘worse than’. Nothing is good or bad in itself.”
Nothing like endorsing moral relativism when one needs to justify raping children. And in this speech he couldn’t even declare that the Catholic Church does now know that this crime is evil in itself.
Atheism doesn’t endorse sexual abuse in any form. Atheism doesn’t endorse a depraved moral relativism permitting just about any evil. Atheism won’t agree that morality is absolute because God says so, it is true. Yet if atheism leaves morality less objective than infallible certainty, it at least knows that having sex with minors is wrong, wrong, wrong. If atheism rests morality on what is best for people, at least it knows that harming innocent children is therefore bad in itself, because protecting children is always best for them.
Let me ask a hypothetical question. Which is worse, doubting whether child rape is evil, or doubting whether God exists? If you pick the second option, then you are as evil as this Catholic Church.
Atheism has no doubt about the immorality of child abuse, but it does doubt the existence of God. Is that bad? Compared to this Catholic Church, atheism is looking pretty good.