According to Reuters, it is a highly complex theological treatise on Christ as both God and man in which the Pope dissects and analyses scripture passages like the old university professor he once was.
Benedict says the reader should not consider the 450-page work, a study he began about two years before his election and finished last September, as an infallible part of official Church teaching, writing: “Anyone is free to contradict me.”
OK, you Nazi bastard, here goes: without so much as reading your work of fiction I can safely say that you provide no credible empiric evidence that (a) this ‘God’ to which you refer exists, (b) that someone called ‘Jesus’ actually lived, far less that he was the son of this ‘god’ to which you refer, and (c) that all the other claims you make are equally specious and without any foundation in the real world.
Undeterred, Il Papa writes:
Yes, it really happened. Jesus is not a myth. He is a man made of flesh and blood, a totally real presence in history … he died and rose from the dead.
And, in presenting the book to the media, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna, said:
The innumerable fanciful images of Jesus as a revolutionary, as a timid social reformer, as the secret lover of Mary Magdalene, can be put to rest in the ossuary of history… [Il Papa’s book is based on] the solid, historical credibility of the Gospels.
The book, a first volume in a larger work, concentrates on the alleged “Christ’s” public ministry, and it starts with his baptism in the Jordan River when he was already an adult and ends with the Transfiguration.
But whilst the book is claimed to be a theological study, at times the Pope offers contemporary relevance to some Biblical accounts. For example, after analysing the parable of the Good Samaritan, the Pope says rich countries bent on power and profit has “plundered and sacked” Africa and other poor regions.
And he should know, for the Roman Catholic Church robbed them first, and continues to do so!
But the reason for this rape, allegedly, is the “cynicism of a world without God”.
And all this from a man who heads one of the most repressive, repulsive and downright backward organisations in the world, one which has cynically exploited human needs and weaknesses over the millennia to further its own self-aggrandisement and power, and one which, despite this worthless tome from an equally worthless theologian, cynically claims that there is a ‘god’, yet the only so-called ‘evidence’ he offers to substantiate his claims is the dubious, highly contentious, and thoroughly unreliable ‘Gospels’.
What a phoney; but then you all knew that, didn’t you?