Prof. Richard Dawkins ridicules Pope for celibacy, laments ‘wasted life’

Emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford and former professor Richard Dawkins skewered outgoing Pope Benedict XVI’s on Thursday, saying he had lived a “wasted life.”

“I feel sorry for the Pope and all old Catholic priests,” tweeted Dawkins. “Imagine having a wasted life to look back on and no sex.”

The tweet comes on the heels of the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of February, becoming the first pontiff to step down in nearly 600 years.

Dawkins is a world-renowned biologist and author. He is a frequent critic of religion and contended in one of his books, The God Delusion, that a God does not exist.

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