“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Saturday, 3 April 2010

An Easter Message.

It must take a special kind of imagination to be able to equate the holocaust with the current media criticism of the Roman Catholic Church for it's child abuse cover up. Probably the same kind of imagination that can give credence to immaculate conceptions, transubstantiation and all the rest of the Dark Age nonsense. But not all of the blame can be dumped on the Vatican's grubby doorstep. The real responsibility lies with the Pope's millions of followers. Without the authority handed to them by parents, and in some cases the state, Catholic priests would be no more than a quaint footnote to society, a bit like Divine Light, Druids or UKIP. These unpleasant, supposedly celibate people would be able to do little harm if they were simply ignored. Parents who bring up their children to respect and obey priests must bear some of the responsibility for all of this. In the case of Ireland the whole education and social welfare system was placed in the hands of the church, giving priests complete control of generations of defenceless children. This was a direct result of the vein of catholic fascism that lies deep in Irish Republicanism.
It is right that individual priests be exposed for child abuse, both physical and sexual, and that the Vatican cover up be seen for what it is but as Stalin famously asked, "How many divisions does the Pope have?" - the authority of this unpleasant cult rests with it's followers. Happy Easter.

1 comment:

henry said...

Would be hilarious if not so bloody tragic.
But he is up against lawyer-loving american survivors, so he may actually have to resign if it drags on and on and on. And there looks to a paper trail ending at his desk when he was the church's rottweilor.
I'd place a fiver on "ill health" within the 3 years.