Nothing new here folks...just another scandal in the Vatican involving indoctrination and manipulation of the yutes leading to some good old-fashioned pedophilia. The Pope, who probably by no fault of his own just looks like an evil person, is at the center of this one with accusations that he flat out ignored reports of a Milwaukee priest molesting over 200 deaf boys and as a bishop he reassigned a known pedophile to a head up a different church. To his credit, the Pope chose Palm Sunday mass to attack the liberal media for putting these sick rumors out there. In defense of the liberal media, it's getting really hard to give these fuckers the benefit of the doubt.
Despite usually agreeing with them, I've never been a huge fan of these atheist pundits like Chris Hitchens and Bill Maher who seem a little too self-righteous in their indignation. I'm not even sure what I mean by that but I get the sense that they almost celebrate shit like this happening. With that being said, they are at the very least fine communicators. Anyway, the Hitch thinks Benny needs to go down and go down hard. I'm generally turned off by columns that lead with "As I predicted" and he also makes the case that the Pope knew what he was doing by lowering the age whereby kids make their first confession. In other words, that's where the molesting goes down. Overall he's right though. Any sense of immunity because he's head of state is complete bullshit.
So it seems that 1) Ratzinger was quite ready to take on individual priests who gave him any trouble, and 2) he was very firm on one crucial point of doctrine: Get them young. Tell them in their infancy that it is they who are the sinners. Instill in them the necessary sense of guilt. This is not at all without relevance to the disgusting scandal into which the pope has now irretrievably plunged the church he leads. Almost every episode in this horror show has involved small children being seduced and molested in the confessional itself.
Schmoopie's boyfriend and narcissistic asshole, Matt Taibbi, calls the Catholic Church a criminal enterprise and completely eviscerates (in a way that only he can) a New York Archbishop who defended the church.
But I think it’s time we started considering that what the church is is even worse than that. It’s possible we should start wondering if the church is also a criminal organization that in this country, anyway, should be broken up using RICO statutes.
That would be fucking nuts. There is just no chance. None.
Lastly, here's a pretty darn good take by some guy that calls himself the Rude Pundit, pointing out the hypocrisy by which this would be dealt with if it were the Muslim church...
What if investigation after investigation discovered that the Muslim church had engaged in a decades-long cover-up of massive criminal activity involving the molestation and raping of children? What if it involved countless Muslim religious leaders, imams, and others? What if one of the highest Sunni leaders in the world was complicit in hiding sex crimes committed against deaf kids? Do you think for a moment that the outrage would not be so massive as to force mosques to close and for schools to go bankrupt? Many, many people would be justifiably jailed. There would be congressional investigations. Republicans would be calling for any faith-based funds to be banned from going to Muslim organizations because, indeed, some of the money may have been indirectly used to pay off victims and to shuffle the perpetrators from city to city. Hell, there would be death threats, vandalism, if not outright violence, against mosques and people. Yes, Islam in America, if not in the West entirely, would be assaulted from all corners.
Of course, because it's the Catholic Church, despite whatever revulsion there is against those who committed the assaults and those who engaged in racketeering by conspiring to hide it from authorities, we are supposed to accept that it's simply the actions of the few and not the infection of the entire faith. Even if it is.
Of course, condemning everyone who associates themselves with that faith isn't the right answer either but yeah...duly noted. Back to Taibbi for a second, I don't know what RICO statutes are but this country can't really constitutionally shut down the entire fucking Roman Catholic Church, can they?
SoJ to Chiles and Max Webster for the links