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Friday, June 11, 2010

Papal cynism

Really, sometimes it seems as if the Pope would be trying to be the ultimate douchebag. Today he made it during the ending of the Vatican’s Year of the Priest (which, by the way sounds like, "year of the pig")

Addressing the clerical abuse scandal from the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI begged forgiveness Friday from victims and promised to "do everything possible" to protect children at a Mass celebrated by 15,000 priests from around the world.

Ok, doesn’t sound so bad. It would have been great if he would have affirmed that there are investigations going on, which would let any priest who had committed a crime or covered it (including the pope himself) to prison. But, anyway

"It was to be expected that this new radiance of the priesthood would not be pleasing to the `enemy'"; he would have rather preferred to see it disappear, so that God would ultimately be driven from the world," Benedict said in his homily, to applause from the gathered priests.

Wait… the enemy? Who is “the enemy”? Satan? So, this guys means Satan came out from his warm and comfortable hell, picked up the phone and talked to the media, yo dawg, what’s up? Hey, those priests here and there have been raping kids for, like, a long time, go get them?

No way Jose. The sexual abuse cases have been going on for years, and they could have exploded this year or last one the next. The only thing that was needed was that victims came out, out of their shame and guilt to accuse those who were supposed to guide them. But, no, Ratzinger believes that it could have been the Devil who wanted to screw with his “Year of the Priest”.

By the way, I assume Ratzinger is talking about the Devil when he refers to “the enemy”. He can’t be talking about the press, Ratzinger is not THAT stupid.

With these kind of remarks, with this attitude of “we are sorry, but it’s actually somebody else’s fault” it’s no wonder that the Catholic Church is suffering from a well-deserved crisis regarding credibility. Priests have always insisted to us (those of us who grew up in catholic environments) to be humble, to ask for forgiveness, to accept our faults, etc, but the Pope and those who serve him are the last ones to do as they say. That is call cynicism.

Ratzinger complains that “the enemy” wants God out of the world, without realizing that his own priests are throwing God out (this is not literal, God is as much on Earth as Thor, Zeus and Viracocha are) Does he want to see his beloved God on Earth? Well, it would be a good start to begin with his own people, admit their own faults, ask for real forgiveness and be true to whatever they are preaching. If Jesus himself could wash his friends’ feet, why the Pope can’t ask for forgiveness in a meaningful way?

Oh, and by the way, if you want to criticize the Pope using the argument that he was a nazi, then you are very, very misinformed. Get your facts correct.

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