The Catholic Church Is Rotten to the (Apple’s) Core
It’s about time someone said it: the Roman Catholic Church is rotten to the core. The apple’s core - if you believe that the Tree of Good and Evil in the Garden of Evil’s fruit was an apple.
Most of us - actually, pretty much anyone except the most hardcore church apologists - have been looking with bemusement at the ongoing train wreck that the church has become. In the United States, the systemic abuse of children (not exclusively boys by any stretch, despite what the apologists would have you believe) is an old story.
Europe, on the other hand, is just getting around to exposing abuse. Cardinals and senior members of the Vatican in the past few weeks have compared the "sufferings" of the pope at the hands of the media meanies to the passion of Christ himself. I’m hardly the first to point out that all the scourging and being crucified might not be quite commensurate with having to read some bad press about yourself.
These senior church members have pointed fingers at the New York Times specifically. At least one Vatican insider blames "New York Jews" and, in a jaw-dropping moment, a senior monsignor compared the church’s tribulations to what the Jews suffered in the Holocaust.
Of course, the church trotted out the most handy group to blame for its problems: the gays. It’s rampant homosexuality - aided and abetted by liberals let loose by Vatican II - that is the cause for such abuse. Because, you know, gay men are by nature attracted to 8- or 10- or 13-year-old boys.
After having gone after the media, Jews, gays and liberals, we now discover that at least one bishop blames ... the victims. This was probably to be expected.
Typically Spanish, a nifty little English-language website that covers Spain, uncovered comments from the bishop of Tenerife, Bernardo Álvarez. He said that much of the abuse happened because "there are 13 year old adolescents who are under age and who are perfectly in agreement with, and what’s more wanting it, and if you are careless they will even provoke you."
He also gave a shoutout to homosexuality, saying it was prejudicial to people and society and would have damning consequences, yadda-yadda.