Vatican puts blame on feminists, gays

Likening the heat that it has been getting over the international child sex abuse scandal that surrounds it to the persecution that the Jews have endured didn’t work, so now the Vatican is blaming feminists and non-heterosexuals for its plight.

Reports The Associated Press today:

The Vatican heatedly defended Pope Benedict XVI [today], claiming accusations that he helped cover up the actions of pedophile priests are part of an anti-Catholic “hate” campaign targeting the pope for his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

Vatican Radio broadcast comments by two senior cardinals explaining “the motive for these attacks” on the pope and the Vatican newspaper chipped in with spirited comments from another top cardinal.

“The pope defends life and the family, based on marriage between a man and a woman, in a world in which powerful lobbies would like to impose a completely different” agenda, Spanish Cardinal Julian Herranz, head of the disciplinary commission for Holy See officials, said on the radio.

Herranz didn’t identify the lobbies but “defense of life” is Vatican shorthand for anti-abortion efforts.

Also arguing that Benedict’s promotion of conservative family models had provoked the so-called attacks was the Vatican’s dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano.

“By now, it’s a cultural contrast,” Sodano told the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. “The pope embodies moral truths that aren’t accepted, and so, the shortcomings and errors of priests are used as weapons against the church.”

Also rallying to Benedict’s side was Italian Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, who heads the Vatican City State’s governing apparatus.

The pope “has done all that he could have” against sex abuse by clergy of minors, Lajolo said on Vatican radio, decrying what he described as a campaign of “hatred against the Catholic church.”

Sex abuse allegations, as well as accusations of cover-ups by diocesan bishops and Vatican officials, have swept across Europe in recent weeks. Benedict has been criticized for not halting the actions of abusive priests when he was a Vatican cardinal and earlier while he was the archbishop of Munich in his native Germany.

The mainland European scandals — in Germany, Italy, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland — are erupting after decades of abuse cases in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland and other areas.

In Germany, nearly 2,700 people called the church’s sexual abuse hotline in the first three days it was operating, a Catholic church spokesman said [today]. A team of psychologists and other experts have spoken with 394 people so far, ranging from several minutes up to an hour, Trier Diocese spokesman Stephan Kronenburg said.

“Most callers reported cases of sexual abuse,” he told The Associated Press.

Benedict has ignored victims’ demands that he accept responsibility for what they say is his own personal and institutional responsibility for failing to swiftly kick abusive priests out of the priesthood, or at least keep them away from children.

But he has been protected by a vanguard of senior Vatican prelates who are fending off what they contend is an orchestrated attempt to attack the leader of the world’s more than 1 billion Catholics….

It’s not pro-choice women and non-heterosexuals and their allies who are after the Catholick church these days — it’s those who have been sexually abused by Catholick officials and their allies who are putting the Catholick officials’ feet to the hell fire, where their feet belong.

Indirectly blaming the historically oppressed liberated women and non-heterosexuals for its own serious crimes is incredibly intellectually dishonest, immoral and yes, anti-Christian, of the Catholick church.

Sure there is hatred of the corrupt, anti-Christian Catholick church, for its long oppression of women and of non-heterosexuals, and, of course, for its sexual abuse of children.

But justice demands that the members of the Catholick hierarchy don’t get to hide behind the red herring of “anti-Catholic hatred” and get off the hook for their crimes against children, be it their direct sexual abuse of children or their allowing the sexual abuse to continue to occur.

No one in the Vatican or the Catholick church’s hierarchy, including Pope Palpatine, should be immune from the criminal justice system.

There should be no hiding behind Jesus Christ and “Christian” “martyrdom” when it comes to the sexual abuse of children.

With its absolute refusal to take responsibility for the international child sex abuse scandal, what speck of credibility the Catholick church had now has completely vanished.

The silver lining, I surmise, is that history will credit Pope Palpatine with the long-overdue destruction of the corrupt, oppressive, patriarchal, backasswards — and yes, paradoxically satanic — Catholick church.


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11 responses to “Vatican puts blame on feminists, gays

  1. David

    So what justice system would you like them to submit to? Hmmm?
    Since the Catholic Church is an entity unto itself, it’s up to the Catholic Church to do something about its own problems. Which they have. There are no new cases of abuse of children or child molestation. Why? Because Cardinal Ratzinger took measures to address the problem, which occurred in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, coming to light in the 80s and 90s. The real issue is that child abuse was defined differently then, and addressed differently, too. Apply the laws of the day, rather than grandfathering in some modern understanding. But never fear, we take Jesus at his word. Judgement does not come from men, and the gates of hell will never prevail against the Catholic Church. And it will exist until the end of time. Just as He said. Happy Easter!

    • robertdcrook

      Actually, there is discussion about detaining Pope Palpatine in Britain should he put a felonious foot there. You very apparently agree with the Vatican that Palpatine and all other Vatican officials are above the law. They are not.

      You “argue” that what happened in the past doesn’t matter anymore, that indeed, there is “grandfathering.” No, in the legal system there are statutes of limitation. Serious crimes, such as murder, have no statutes of limitation; serious criminals are held liable for their crimes, not “grandfathered.” I also don’t buy your apparent “argument” that no Catholick officials molest children anymore. I imagine that they are more careful about it these days, since it no longer is ignored, but to state that it no longer happens is delusional.

      Judgment does come from men — ask those who are imprisoned for their crimes.

      I can’t see how Jesus stated that the Catholick church “will exist until the end of time” when the Catholick church didn’t even exist in Jesus’ lifetime, but WHATEVER… (If there is any statement to that effect in the New Testament, it was fabricated by an early church official rewriting Jesus’ life, as is most of the New Testament. The Bible isn’t the word of “God,” but was written by MEN.)

      I’m sure that the elite of the ancient Roman Empire also thought that it never would fall. I can see the Catholick church failing within my lifetime.

      Jesus probably wants it to.

  2. David

    No, they’re not above THE law. You say that serious criminals should be tried, I wonder what you think Benedict has done? And, by the way, priests are dealt with, now, very seriously, thanks to Benedict. FYI, Jesus instituted the Catholic Church in his lifetime.
    Take a lesson from history-all the enemies the Catholic Church has fought, from persecution to outright war, to plague, to revolution. The Church has never failed, and it will not. Regardless of what you can see and what you can’t see.

  3. robertdcrook

    Pope Palpatine is accused of child endangerment, a serious crime especially when looking at the number of children here. Jesus didn’t institute the Catholick church. It grew long after his death. Did you see “Religulous”? In it, Bill Maher interviews a Catholick priest at the Vatican. Maher asks the priest if Jesus really had wanted all of that (the whole Vatican thing) to be done in his name. The priest replied: OF COURSE NOT!

    Jesus was about love — he wasn’t about a hardened institution made up of fallible human beings. In fact, he amply criticized the “Catholick church” of his time — the Pharisees.

    It’s instructive, though, to see that brainwashed Catholicks like you exist, that you support a dysfunctional institution that probably has killed more people than the Nazis did. I’d be way too ashamed to be associated with such mass slaughter as the Crusades and the Inquisition, but such evil things very apparently don’t trouble you and the evil institution that you defend.

    The Catholick church WILL fall. It already is falling. If you don’t like the ride, you can always return to REALITY with those of us who, with eyes wide open, see clearly that the Catholick church does NOT represent what Jesus Christ represented.

  4. David

    Since you get your information from Bill Maher, that kind of, no absolutely, shows your bias. Regardless of what some priest might have said, Jesus planted a mustard seed, and out grew a huge mustard plant. And actually, the Church is holy because of Jesus, not because of the humans who run it. Jesus made Peter the leader of that Church, and Peter, like the rest of us (GASP!) was a sinner. Christ knew we were all fallible, which is exactly why he died for us on the cross. Your statement comparing Nazis to the Church is idiotic, first considering the age of the Catholic Church, 2000 years, vs the length of the Nazi regime. But like you want to inflate everything, that doesn’t surprise me.
    Regarding the Catholic Church falling, her founder fell, too, and got up every time. This is exactly what will happen with the Catholic Church, regardless of what you think. And if you think Jesus didn’t represent every sinner in the world, from Adam till the end of time, then you really don’t know what Jesus represented.
    Benedict is innocent of any wrongdoing in the priest scandals.

  5. robertdcrook

    Your beloved Pope Palpatine was even a member of the Hitler Youth, for fuck’s sake. How you can support him and his evil empire I have no idea.

    Palpatine’s guilt or innocence should be determined by a court of law, not by you or me.

    In any event, you are as likely to convert me to Catholicism as I am likely to convert you to sanity.


    • David

      Because there’s circumstances behind the fact. Most cultures don’t hold an action against someone operating under duress or perceived duress. Young Ratzinger was in just such a case.

      For him to even be eligible, there has to be reasonable suspicion of a crime, which I don’t see at all. And fyi, I’m very sane.

  6. robertdcrook

    You talk about Adam, for fuck’s sake. That alone indicates that you are disconnected from reality. Adam and Eve, Jonah and the whale, Noah and the ark — yeah, those of us who live in the real world don’t believe in children’s stories.

    Whether or not Pope Palpatine’s having been a Hitler Youth was coerced or not, I still find it chilling that any sitting pope would have had anything to do with the Nazi Party. I understand, however, that you are able to dismiss it so casually.

    You are, after all, brainwashed.

  7. robertdcrook

    P.S. And to be clear, I never said Palpatine should be tried for having been part of the Nazi Party. I’m saying he should be tried, at the least, for child endangerment. There are allegations from all over the world that he knew about child-abusing priests but did nothing about it. I don’t care what he FINALLY did something about it when political pressure FORCED him to — for years he did nothing, very apparently.

    • David

      Allegations with nothing concrete. I could allege you did something and it would hold just as much water. Regardless of your particular rules of evidence. In fact, I have more evidence of Adam and Eve and Jonah than you have about Benedict.

      Brainwashed, hardly. I spent a good deal of time as an anti-Catholic before I started actually reading the truth.

      • robertdcrook

        Um, you’re one of those people who doesn’t take a hint. We’re DONE with this back-and-forth. You’ve had plenty of say. Further comments of yours on this post will be deleted.

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