Wow. Just wow. No matter how low my opinion of journalists and the media already is, they’ve proved that they still have the ability to astound by the depths of their depraved mendacity. The latest big giant whopper the media are dealing out is that Pope Benedict XVI has ‘changed church teaching’ by ‘lifting the absolute ban on condom use’. You should know by now that when the media report almost anything relating to the Pope or the Church, the reality is either A) the media have completely made it up, or B) the exact opposite of what the media say is true.
This one we can file under “B”: the Pope has reaffirmed the immorality of using condoms and the media have decided to claim the opposite. A new book, Light of the World is being published this week containing several interviews with the Pope by the German journalist and editor Peter Seewald.
When asked about the Church’s teaching on condoms, the Pope reaffirmed that the Church “of course does not regard it as a real or moral solution”. However, the Holy Father speculated about the intent of some condom users. He gave the example of male prostitutes and said that if they use condoms for the purpose of preventing the spread of disease, there is the possibility that their intent could be the first step in a process of trying to live morally, “on the way toward recovering an awareness,” the Pope said, “that not everything is allowed and that one cannot do whatever one wants”.
Notice the Pope has not said anything justifying being a male prostitute as moral or acceptable or just plain fine & dandy. Nor has he said likewise about the use of condoms. He merely speculated on the intent of a particular subset of condom users and posited that their intent could be the first step on the road to abandoning a sinful lifestyle.
The Pope’s point is that even immoral acts and immoral ways of living can have the silver lining of a virtuous intent. A good intention does not mean that an act is moral. If a poor man has the intention of wanting to feed his starving family, that is a good intent. If the action resulting from that intent is that he murders his parents for the inheritance, that is an immoral act.
There are just so many logical holes in the media’s proposition. If the Pope thinks condom use by male prostitutes is moral and acceptable (as the media claim), then why does the Pope suggest a route away from an immoral act or lifestyle? What immorality would the Pope be talking about if, as the media claim, condom use is moral?
Further, applying the ridiculous (non-)logic of the media, if the Pope is saying that condom use by male prostitutes is acceptable, then by extension he is saying that male prostitution is acceptable. Why haven’t the media led with the story that the Pope approves of male prostitution?
That the media did not follow that route is revealing of their intentions. Saying the Pope approves of male prostitution is so obviously incorrect that they likely knew their readers wouldn’t buy it and would dismiss it immediately. But a lie about the condom-use aspect instead, while none the less illogical, has more believability for the great unwashed masses the brave enlightened journalists look down upon.
So we can deduce that the media are not just ignorantly spreading falsehoods, but that they are actively and intentionally lying. Pure and simply, they are liars. This bears repeating: they are liars. Remember this always. Remember these liars: they are never to be trusted, they are your enemies, they lie about the Church and they will lie about you given the opportunity.
But these liars too should remember something important: you reap what you sow. The more lies they tell, the fewer people believe them, and yet they only seem more willing to lie. Take a look at those newspapers sales and circulation figures, media men. Your days are numbered, your day of reckoning will come. Many are the good, decent folk who will applaud your downfall. And remember that you did it all to yourself.