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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