I can't imagine anyone is surprised that Pope Benedict would attack transsexuals, and how creatively! He speaks so obliquely one could almost confuse him with Alan "what did the Fed chairman say?" Greenspan. Please - someone translate this bit of rhetorical fluff for me:
"The fact that the earth, the cosmos, mirror the creator Spirit, also means that beyond the mathematical order, their rational structures in the experiment become almost palpable, which in itself brings an ethical orientation."
Of course it does.
If we could stick the members of the College of Cardinals in separate rooms and ask them to write out their individual interpretations for us, would anyone be willing to bet that any two of them could come up with the same interpretation?
But isn't it nice to know that the Catholic Church cares. About rain forests. That's why it's leading the charge to save the environment. Or cholera victims in Zimbabwe, a Christian country (except they're black.)
No, it's just anything having to do with sex that disturbs His Holiness' sleep.
And how about this gem:
"Rain forests deserve, yes, our protection but the human being - as a creature which contains a message that is not in contradiction with his freedom but is the condition of his freedom - does not deserve it less."
I always though 'which' is to be preceded by a comma but what do I know?
Does anyone other than the Pontiff really think humanity is threatened by the concept of gender variance? What - people are going to so flock by the droves to change sex/gender (does His Holiness have a clue as to the difference between them?) thus imperiling human reproduction and the continuity of the species? With 6.8 BILLION people on the planet and the Maternal Faithful hard at work popping out more people in ever increasing numbers, is depopulation something we need to worry about?
The rest of us have a lot to worry about - mostly religious fanatics like you-know-who.