Pope calls for continuous prayer to rid priesthood of paedophilia

January 8, 2008

If this keeps up, I’m going to have to create a new category just for the Pope. The Times Online reports that his holiness has come up with a new method of dealing with pedophilia in the Catholic church:

Pope Benedict XVI has instructed Roman Catholics to pray “in perpetuity” to cleanse the Church of paedophile clergy. All dioceses, parishes, monasteries, convents and seminaries will be expected to organise continuous daily prayers to express penitence and to purify the clergy.

WTF?

Vatican officials said that every parish or institution should designate a person or group each day to conduct continuous prayers for the Church to rid itself of the scandal of sexual abuse by clergy. Alternatively, churches in the same diocese could share the duty. Prayer would take place in one parish for 24 hours, then move to another.

This seems to presuppose that prayer has some quantifiable property that allows allocation by time and region. Whatever. They can jump rope for the Church to rid itself of pedophiles for all I care, as long as they are also doing something demonstrably useful.

Officials said that the prayers were in addition to support for legal action against paedophile priests by their victims and a code adopted two years ago by the Vatican to try to ensure that men “with deep-seated homosexual tendencies” do not enter seminaries to train for the priesthood.

And then they go and spoil it all by saying something so incredibly pernicious and hateful that I have to wonder if this is an actual misunderstanding, or willful ignorance. I’ll say it very, very slowly so as to be as clear as possible.

Homosexuals. And. Pedophiles. Are. Not. The. Same. Thing. You. Fucking. Cretins.

I’m not sure how they plan to stamp out sexual abuse of children by the clergy if they don’t even know what they’re looking for.

2 Responses to “Pope calls for continuous prayer to rid priesthood of paedophilia”


  1. I think we should just officially declare Ratzinger a kook and move along. Surely there’s some threshold he’s passed counting the reports in your posts alone?

  2. Dave Says:

    Are you kidding? I’m thinking I should spawn a spin off blog just focusing on the pope. I could call it Pontif-ication or What the Pope?!


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