Monday, March 29, 2010

Quote of the Day

"(Jesus Christ guides us toward) the courage that doesn't let us be intimidated by the chatting of dominant opinions."

-- Pope Benedict XVI during yesterday's Palm Sunday mass

The comment is a thinly veiled reference to the current shit-storm swirling around the pope as accusations that implicate him personally in priest sex abuse cases in both the U.S. and Europe continue to make headlines, with some now calling for his resignation.

It's so great to see the pope -- who as you know is the little guy in all of this and not the head of one of the richest and most powerful organizations in the world -- put everybody on notice that he won't be pushed around, not by the media and definitely not by a bunch of guys who were essentially gang-raped by priests as kids.

Man, arrogant defiance and a laughable attempt at claiming victimization. From the Catholic Church. Who'd have thought it?


Deacon Blue said...

Well, truth be told, dominant opinions are sometimes right, and the Pope is fighting an uphill, pointless, losing battle on many other social issues right now (abuse cover-ups, birth control, etc.).

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Regarding "who were essentially gang-raped by priests as kids."

FAR be it from me to want to defend the Church of Rome in any way, retrograde bastards as many of them are, but I believe all allegations and proven cases I've ever heard have been about individual priests in one-on-one situations. Perhaps (often?) serially.

For this reason, I find "gang-raped", even modified by "essentially", goes too far.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Second comment.

What you report that the Pope said seems to mean: the Church stands steadfast in the face of the political correctness of the times.

Thus, it is not "politically correct" to bugger children and youths.

Conclusion: there's nothing wrong with the (ahem) practice.

L. said...

Maybe the 'dominant opinion' he's referring to is that men, especially those in a position to gain the trust of children, shouldn't rape little boys.

Ethnic Redneck said...

Doesn't the media understand? If mother church does it, it can't be wrong.

And they wonder why people see them as an outdated and vestigial remnant of the past.

Anonymous said...

"And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck." Mark 9:42

Fucking hypocrites.

Chez said...

The gang-rape thing was admittedly me being inflammatory just for the hell of it.

Deacon Blue said...

One could also argue that turning a blind eye and reassigning priests is a metaphorical rape by the other priests, so the "gang bang" comment, while inflammatory, does have a context.

kanye said...

What he's telling us is that those who've been called to serve stand above the rest us. That God, and God alone is fit to judge their actions...which he will, after they've been convienently absolved of their sins.

And the rest of us, the untermenschen, to use a word from his own past, can all just shut the fuck up.

Anonymous said...

He's such a nazi.

CNNfan said...

opinions dominant of chatting the by intimidated be us let doesn't that courage the toward us guides Christ Jesus

CNNfan said...

When played backwards, can you hear anyone say, "Paul is a dead man"?

An urban legend alleging something like that, would be far more interesting than public allegations of possibly immoral sexual activities, related to the country known as, The Vatican.

Catholicism is the largest and oldest denomination of Christianity. Over a billion Catholics in the world. That is greater than the entire population of U.S.A. multiplied by three.

Other congregations, some of them around only since the late 1960s, can only hope or dream to reach such universality in the next millennium, give or take a few centuries.

Amii said...

Papal translation: Pay no attention to the little man behind the curtain!