Dear Pope Benedict,
I heard about your address regarding the need for hope and I thought I would respond.
I guess I find it hard to be hopeful, despite your papal command that I do so. Even though everyone knows that the pope is always right, I find it difficult to simultaneously be hopeful while also acknowledging that I'm such a terrible sinner that I deserve to burn in the fiery pits of hell in endless agony.
Call me a party pooper, but that's just such a downer.
I'm also a bit conflicted about your desire for hope in Africa where, as you say, "... growing numbers of her sons and daughters who fall prey to hunger, poverty and disease". It seems like condoms and other forms of birth control would solve a lot of the problems in Africa - especially the "growing numbers" part and the "disease" part.
It seems like Africa might need more than "hope".
Maybe you could sell some of those gold relics you hide all over the Vatican and use the money to send condoms to Africa.
I'm just saying.