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Pope Benedict and the Buddhism-Masturbation Controversy

  1. Ralph Deeds profile image63
    Ralph Deedsposted 7 years ago

    A column  by Madeleine Bunting in The Guardian makes a case for his hostility toward Judaism and Buddhism as well.

    In the process, Bunting retails the notorious statement made by Benedict while he was still Cardinal Ratzinger, purportedly equating Buddhism with masturbation.

    Buddhist Channel reported that the full quote, delivered in an interview with L’Expresse in 1997, went like this:

    "If Buddhism is attractive, it's only because it suggests that by belonging to it you can touch the infinite, and you can have joy without concrete religious obligations,'' Ratzinger said. ``It's spiritually self-indulgent eroticism.''

    http://chinamatters.blogspot.com/2006/0 … ation.html

  2. thisisoli profile image71
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    It's funny because if you replace Buddhism with christianity it still makes sense.

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    sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

    The gates open again.

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    JeanMeriamposted 7 years ago

    Yes, but this was before he became infallible. wink