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    Posted February 11, 2013 by
    Trieste, Italy
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    Catholics: Your views on new pope

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    Good news

    Just a few lines to celebrate what to me and many other Italians is really good news! I've never liked him, he was too conservative. I'm an atheist so I'm not really interested wether the church is going to ingratiate itself with people or not, but I think if it wants to endear itself to people the clerics should adopt a softer stance on issues such as contraception. Their stance against any form of contraception means that many Catholics who would like to live by the rules of the church are forced to infringe them and this alienates many people.
    I consider myself a very open minded person, I'm in favor of contraception, gay marriage, stem cell research (if there is any tiny possibility of helping someone with any disease this chance MUST be explored!), abortion and so on. To me the church should limit itself to give moral advise to churchgoers but it has no right to make its moral law for the country. Italy is made of many people, not just Catholics, the clerics shouldn't impose their moral on the rest of us! If someone has a serious disease which could be cured with stem cells it's immoral to try to prevent him from getting this cure, the clerics can give moral advise not to resort to that cure but then it should be up to the individual if he wants to pass up the chance of a decent life hoping in an after-death reward! Unluckily the Vatican is located in Italy and so its political power is well entrenched and the interferences in politics are massive! Proof of that is that the church has always found a way to dodge taxes on its huge properties. I wish the popes had remained in Avignon !!!!
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