Pope Benedict XVI proved again that he is an idiot.
Posted by QB on May 20, 2007
President Hugo Chavez sought Benedict XVI’s apology for offending native peoples during the pope’s recent attempt to reach out to Latin American Roman Catholics.
“As a head of state, I beg your holiness to apologize to the peoples of our Americas,” said Chavez, speaking late Friday.
“I believe it is the right thing to do.”
Benedict XVI made quite an impression on his first visit to Latin America, home to about half of his flock, when he said last week that “Christianity was not imposed by a foreign culture.”
“Christ was the Savior (America’s natives) silently yearned for,” the pope said in Brazil.
Benedict also called a recent resurgence of pre-Columbian religions “a step backward,” drawing protests from native peoples as far away as Mexico.
Natives in Ecuador also questioned Benedict’s version of events.
“Surely, the pope does not know that representatives of the Catholic Church of those times, with honorable exceptions, were accomplices, deceivers and beneficiaries of one of the most horrific genocides of all humanity,” the Confederation of Indigenous Nations said in a statement Saturday.
The pope’s statements were still on Chavez’s mind Saturday: “How could you say that they came — when they came with arquebuses (firearms) to evangelize — with no sort of imposition?”
The conquest of Latin America by Europeans “was something far worse than the Holocaust in the Second World War and no one can deny it, not even your Holiness can deny the Holocaust of the natives of our land.”
“Christ arrived much later to America; he did not arrive with (Christopher) Columbus.
That was the arrival of the anti-Christ,” said Chavez, whose speeches frequently rely on Christian teachings and baseball metaphors.
Chavez and the Roman Catholic Church have had rough relations, which have improved in the past year, with new Caracas archbishop Jorge Urosa.
Chavez has met once with Benedict, in May 2006.
Whenever Pope opens his holy mouth he say something stupid. Pope Benedict handlers must keep his mouth taped which will save Catholic Church plenty of embarrassments.