It’s a “you’ve got to be kidding #FAIL”: Benedict is calling his new outreach to atheists “Courtyard of the Gentiles” as a means to stem the tide of increasing secularism under the guise of improving communication with non-believers.

The Vatican announced a new initiative aimed at promoting dialogue between theists and atheists to be launched with a two-day event this March in Paris.

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture will sponsor a series of seminars on the theme of “Religion, Light and Common Reason,” at various locations in the city, including Paris-Sorbonne University.

…The initiative, called “Courtyard of the Gentiles,” takes its name from a section of the ancient Temple of Jerusalem accessible to non-Jews, which Pope Benedict XVI has used as a metaphor for dialogue between Catholics and non-believers.

One of the commenters at HuffPost noted:

“The best way for the Pope to reach out to the atheist community is to turn himself in to the authorities for the crime of systematically obstructing justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice, racketeering, and crimes against humanity.”

UPDATE: I asked Blend guest poster Zack Ford if he had any response to the Pope’s outreach. Check out his reply: “That Time The Pope Actually Wanted to Talk to Me.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding