It all started when the Catholic church officials started reminding their exorcist that they aren’t experts in mental health, they are experts in demonology and insisting that exorcists get a medical physician to rule out mental illness before they strap them in a bed and beat the shit out of them with a foam crucifix to drive the devil out of them.
Now a prominent Vatican cardinal is telling his sheep that they should listen to what secular modern science has to offer regarding things like medicine because “religion risks turning into “fundamentalism” if it ignores scientific reason.
Here in America, too many people think being fundamentalist is a good thing. It means that you love god more than the next guy. They think getting to heaven is like trying out for a spot on a professional football team and you are an undrafted rookie trying to make a roster spot.
You’ve got to out work everyone else to get the coaches to notice you.
Cardinal Paul Poupard, who heads the Pontifical Council for Culture reminded Catholics that the Church once condemned Galileo for supporting the fact that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around.
Boy, isn’t that embarrassing?
Hell at the time the Church wasn’t even maintaining that the earth was the center of the solar system, they were insisting that the earth was the center of the whole friggin universe.
A fact still disputed by some theological astronomers that maintain that believing in a “Sun centered solar system” only makes making predictions of where celestial bodies are going to be easier, takes less work, a earth centered model can still accomplish the same thing, its just you have to take into account planets stopping, moving backwards and then moving forward again every once in a while for no apparent reason to get it to work.
"The permanent lesson that the Galileo case represents pushes us to keep alive the dialogue between the various disciplines, and in particular between theology and the natural sciences, if we want to prevent similar episodes from repeating themselves in the future," Poupard said.
He wants to see a world where religion listens to science on matters of how things actually work, and he wants science to listen to religion on ethical and moral issues regarding how science should be applied.
In other words, just because we can do something doesn’t necessarily mean that we ought to.
In the interest of curtailing what appears to be a sudden and dramatic rise in the amount of mad scientist walking around today I have absolutely no reservations whatsoever in giving scientists a little ethics lesson every so often, now and again.
See that has always been religions problem, not knowing where to draw the line between what they know and what they don’t know. But it really isn’t religions fault completely.
Religion was born in a vacuum where there wasn’t any science.
So religion is accustomed to thinking that the Bible gives them expertise in lots of areas of life where they have none.
Like, all of you sheep that waste your time going to a celibate priest for marriage counseling.
What kind of sense does that make?
How could a celibate man that has never been married possibly be qualified to give me advice about what I have to look forward to in my marriage?
What training does the Vatican provide its priests so that they can distinguish between someone with turrets syndrome and someone who is demonical possessed?
I know, I can’t tell the difference either.
But it’s not my job. That’s the point.