Stupid is as stupid does… Forrest Gump
Just when I thought I could not fit another topic into my “You have to be kidding me” file, the Vatican does something so moronic that it defies comprehension.
I recently posted the report of a UN group that cited the Vatican as failing to address the problem of child sexual crimes committed by clergy in the Catholic church. The Vatican responded to the report with what could be the most addled reply I have heard to date. In essence, the pedophile scandal is not a pedophile thing at all, it is a GAY thing! Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s observer to the UN, defended the Vatican by saying that only 1.5 – 5% of Catholic clergy were involved in child sex abuse. Well, that is a relief, we only have to worry about several thousand priests!
In case that was not moronic enough, he went on to explain that 80% of these men are not pedophiles. They are GAY! They are homosexuals that are attracted to adolescent males. The leap here is that the Vatican’s “observer” to the UN is saying that the child sex abuse problem boils down to gay priests being attractive to young men. They want you to believe that this is not pedophilia, it is ephebophilia. Problem solved! Bernie Law can pack up his bags in Rome and come on home to Boston. I am so glad that the people at the Vatican cleared all of this up for me, I was really very confused. (If the sarcasm meter on your computer is not turned all the way up, you might want to make that adjustment at this point.)
The next logical leap in this Vatican process of clarifying the problem would be to move on to the other players involved in this scenario. (No, not the bishops that hide these monsters or the priests that know what is going on and do nothing.) Seeing as it takes two to tango, the young “men” need to held accountable for their part in this “Gay Priest” problem. As I look back at photos of myself from when I was around 13, I now understand what happened. I was really hot! No kidding, I was a real looker! How could you not be turned on by that pre-pubescent face? I’m sure the outfits were part of it as well. You know, the Catholic schoolboy look (navy blue pants, light blue short sleeve shirts, and that sexy plaid clip-on tie). If I wanted to really tease them, I’d wear my altar boy pin. For the weekends, if I were feeling really frisky and trawling for attention, I would don my cassock and surplice and get on my knees and pray on the altar. Perhaps a little confiteor in English or Latin to seal the deal. You know how Latin gets them all worked up (wink!)…
Confiteor Deo omnipotenti, beatæ Mariæ semper Virgini, beato Michaeli Archangelo, beato Ioanni Baptistæ, sanctis Apostolis Petro et Paulo, omnibus Sanctis, et vobis, fratres: quia peccavi nimis cogitatione, verbo et opere: mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Ideo precor beatam Mariam semper Virginem, beatum Michaelem Archangelum, beatum Ioannem Baptistam, sanctos Apostolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et vos, fratres, orare pro me ad Dominum Deum nostrum
I hear confession can be a real turn on! I should consider myself fortunate that I was raped by only one priest. I was eye candy like you cannot believe. It must have been me, it seems that it was all my fault (at least the Catholic church would have you believe that), I made him take me. It is all so clear!
What kind of jack-ass would… Never mind, for a moment I forgot we were talking about the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. I know the kind of jack-asses with whom we are dealing.
I am not sure of the alternate reality Archbishop Tomasi exists in but back here in this universe being gay does not equate universally to being a pedophile. I would love to have some Cardinal come up with some definitive, scientific evidence that would prove this incredibly stupid theory that Gay priests are the ones seeking sex with children. You know how much the Vatican supports science, just ask Copernicus! I would like to see gay men march on the Vatican and every diocese in the world to protest this absolute stupidity oozing from the Roman Catholic Hierarchy.
One other minor, insignificant point… I hate to be a pest and bring this up, but I will. What about the girls? The “Gay Priests” probably would not go after them. And yet, girls have been targeted just like the boys. I’m just saying that this could be a little bit of a flaw in the Vatican’s brilliant logic. I will have to assume that the “straight” priests are going after the “young women.” “Young women” could be defined by the Vatican as anyone over the age of six. Exactly who does that leave? The infirmed priests are no threat, you should rest easy!
I do not believe for a moment, that being gay makes you go after boys. I am hoping that gay priests stand up and let the Vatican know that they are not the ones raping children, especially those boys and girls who have not achieved all of the secondary sex characteristics that come with puberty.
Perhaps it is the deviant priests that are going after the children? I may be on to something here!
What the Vatican fails to comprehend is that sex with a minor, younger than the age of consent is statutory rape. It is a crime, a felony. It is a crime that Bishops have quietly condoned by their passive nonresponse to the problem. It isn’t a matter of gay or straight, it is a matter of criminal deviance. These are children, not sexually promiscuous older teens. They are vulnerable, and they are being targeted.
I was 13. I was just going through puberty, Father Gibson was not a gay man with a crush/attraction for another man. He was a pedophile looking to get off on raping a child. To have the Vatican spin this any other way is proof of their criminal complicity in the rapes and sexual batteries committed against boys and girls.
As for the statement that only 1.5-5 percent of priests are involved in the scandal. The Vatican numbers fail to include those priests who knew about the activities of their brother priests and did nothing as well as those priests, monsignors, bishops, and cardinals that protected the pedophiles and shielded them from prosecution.
The other defense embraced by the brain trust at the Vatican is that other religions have the same problem and that the Catholic Church is getting a disproportionate amount of attention. POOR BABIES! I have a news flash for the Vatican. The old, “but they did it too” defense does not absolve you from the responsibility to protect children from predators and to turn those predators over to civil authority when the knowledge of their actions becomes known. The Vatican and every Diocese that has protected a pedophile has failed in its responsibilities.
The Vatican wants this to go away. They want to keep the “faithful” in the pews for the Sunday morning magic show, filling the collection plate. Their best shot at this is to blame the “GAYS.” Really, that is the best they have? Pathetic! Why do people support this fantasy?
What is the lesson have we learned here? Don’t believe everything you hear from men who wear dresses. Don’t believe the desperate rhetoric of those who preach one lesson, but live lives devoted to personal excess, privilege and tacit support for those who prey on the most vulnerable. Think about it, the priests in this scandal prey upon the devout. They do not prey on non-believers or occasional Catholics. They have to wield their power over those who are fully given to the concepts in Catholic Doctrine. They pull their targets from the most faithful and violate that trust. Then, they toss them aside and declare that the only thing that victims are seeking is monetary gain. They are arrogant enough to bite the hands that feed them.
As long as parishioners drink the Kool-Aid and blindly follow those who deflect responsibility, pedophiles, and not gay priests, will rule the roost in the Roman Catholic Church. The enemy is clearly identified. It is time to take the fight directly to the enemy.
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7 thoughts on “The Vatican Clarifies the Problem… It’s a GAY thing!”
“Stupid Is As Stupid Does”? I don’t think so. Call it what it is, CRIMINALLY DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE TO THE SUFFERINGS OF CHILDREN. Do those who knew that children, young people and vulnerable adults were being raped and sodomized by OUR Roman Catholic Clergy; do those people hear the screams of those Victims? Perhaps. But, having been on the “receiving end” of Roman Catholic Clergy Sexual Victimization, I can give you insight into those moments of sexual butchery that I endured…..I, along with many of my fellow Victims, learned to scream without making a sound. Such was the Fear and Power our perpetrator Roman Catholic Priests, Brothers, Deacons, Nuns and (even) some Bishops held over us. This is what we Victims learned from those who, with GOD on their lips, took from us the things we cherished most….Our Roman Catholic Faith.
Very good article and dead on the truth. I can’t hardly believe that these supposed “learned men” are publically making the arguments they are espousing. They are digging their own graves.
Very well said! Just this evening, the Dallas diocese settled another whopping case and has therby avoided going to court. The survivors, three males who have chosen to remain anonymous, have said they hope the church will learn a lesson, but they doubt it.
The bright light is that every time someone in ‘authority’ spouts off, ‘authority’ reveals itself as pond bottom scum sucking low-life.
As a survivor, it’s a great time to be alive and observing the action! Carry on!
You have to admit you were a beauty though 🙂
It is unbelievable that the Holy See is using the likes of an Archbishop Tomasi in playing the homosexual card again. If this is an attempt to rebuild credibility in the church it only succeeds in demonstrating how uninformed the hierarchs are and how much they are in denial, still. God save us from such men. Below is a recent letter.
Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post
Regarding Rachel Zoll’s article, “Vatican: Gay `behavior’ in seminaries declines,” (01/15/2009):
One hopes that this is not yet another attempt by the hierarchy to blame those in the priesthood with a homosexual orientation for their own failures in adequately handling the widespread problem of sexual abuse in the church whether one confines that problem to the sexual abuse of children specifically or whether one includes younger adults, male or female or other vulnerable persons.
Even the use of such phrases as, “difficulties in the area of morality,” appear to be purposefully misleading.
Rape, sodomy, and molestation are acts peculiar to sexual predators who may be heterosexual or homosexual, celibate or not.
The “scandal” that individuals refer to happened because those members of the hierarchy who were in charge did not do what they should have done when they became aware of sexual abusive clergy whatever their sexual orientation.
The clarity of that fact is well represented in any number of civil or juridical investigations and grand jury reports. The facts show that the church’s own Canon Law in this regard was not observed the way it should have been.
It is sad to have to say that reports from across the country indicate that various kinds of cover up continue to this day. Bishops still refuse to release records even after being so ordered by the courts and they still refuse to make known the names and locations of all known sexual predators in their dioceses.
Recently, in Delaware there have been attempts to seal all proceedings of upcoming trails to keep the public in the dark as to what has happened.
Lawyers representing the Church and religious orders are even attempting to seal previously unsealed records.
This does not speak well to the accountability and transparency the institutional Catholic Church promised in 2002.
Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
New Castle, Delaware
Tomasi is an embarrassment to all of us. He should be an embarrassment to the Holy See as well.
CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! Excellent. This should be printed and given to every bishop, archbishop and Cardinal in the Church. Lets add all the priests too. The stupidity of these men is just amazing. Do these men honestly consider 11, 12 and 13 year olds not to be children? Do they really think that these kids share the guilt here? How stupid do they think people are? Yes, I am sure that there a handful of homophobes who will buy all this garbage but most of the rest of us aren’t buying it. I am just waiting for them to blame the illegitmate children of priests on the “gay problem.” Thanks for trying to keep them honest, Michael.
Peace – Mark
Thank you for your frank and honest challenge to our hierarchy. As a homosexual priest, I am truly grateful that you have identified the real problem that the vatican’s smoke and mirrors seek to hide.