I have all kinds of issues with organized religions in general. I’d like to start out with that, it doesn’t matter what organized religion it is, I see human politics balling it up at some point or another. So while I respect people’s religious beliefs and have no problem with people doing whatever it is they want, be that inside of an organized religion or not, I personally get pretty ticked at them especially when they are trying to trick people to get more followers.
Because my family background was Catholic (both grandmothers) I consider myself more knowledgable about this religion due to experience, although I don’t consider myself Catholic. One thing I and the rest of the world has noticed is that the Pope is always an old white dude. In fact, when I was in the Czech Republic with my friend in the summer of 2005 when they were electing the last Pope she told me the newspapers there openly said the Catholic Church was not going to elect a black or any Pope of color. But the church has been feeling pressure for years now due to the fact that the majority of practicing Catholics are not white dudes anymore:
So all of the bishops and priests and old men who make these decisions got together and said hmmmmm…. how can we make the majority of our followers happy (in Latin America as you can see from the chart above, not to mention the huge portion of Catholics in the US that are Latino) and still keep a white guy? Because God forbid we actually let a person of color have all the power (see more human politics involved). And they came up with a simple solution, Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Not only can they appease the Latinos and strengthen their following in their biggest demographic, they get to keep a white guy. How? You may ask. Mario was born in Argentina! Yes why yes he was, but both of his parents were Italian immigrants. So although he was born in the Americas, his blood is still Italian.
Easy peasy, there is no way that “God” made this very astute political decision, it was made by people and people alone. Organized religion only serves as a political house for people to control other people and use “white smoke” to make things seem what they aren’t and cover up long held racism.
What are your views on the new Pope and organized religion in general?