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Sunday, 1 February 2009

More Catholic evil

The joke who is known as Pope Ratzinger – sorry, Pope “Benedict XVI” – seems to go for the idea that God chose to punish New Orleans in 2005 for its tolerance of gays.

Clearly, he doesn’t think that idea so preposterous as to distance himself from it as much as he can, or else he would not, presumably, have promoted a similar joke, Father Gerhard Maria Wagner, as assistant bishop of the Austrian city of Linz.

For it was Wagner – an ultra-right-wing type, probably with a hard-on for powerful Teutonic gods and maybe a secret penchant for the odd Valkyrie – who actually expressed some pleasure at the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Katrina

“He wrote in a parish newsletter that the death and destruction caused by the hurricane in New Orleans was divine retribution for the city’s tolerance of homosexuals and permissive sexual attitudes,” the BBC news website tells us.

“The future bishop said he was glad that Katrina destroyed not only nightclubs and brothels in New Orleans, but also five of the city’s abortion clinics.”

Wagner is on record as saying that the Harry Potter books promote Satanism. How would he know – even assuming there were such a creature as Satan? Has he actually read Potter books? Has he witnessed people turning to Satan as a result?

Why is it that, in spite of the fact that this absurd organisation continues to show itself to be so asinine and evil, governments and others with influence take it seriously? The Vatican even has a status within the United Nations.

This farce comes only days after Ratzinger revoked the excommunication of a Holocaust denier. This was the British-born Bishop Richard Williamson, who has apologised for shaming the church, but not for his views, completely missing the fact that his refusal to apologise for his views could continue to shame the church.

Not that the Catholic Church gives a tinker’s cuss about how shameful it is perceived as being. How could an organisation that allows its generals to spout such evil about gays even recognise what shame is, let alone experience it?

You may remember from the post just linked to that the lunatic Bishop Joseph Devine, a leading light (and leading bigot) in the Catholic Church in Scotland, accused gays of aligning themselves with minority groups to present themselves as people under persecution, citing their attendance at Holocaust memorials.

5 comments:

Baal's Bum said...

I for one am not surprised.
If all religions are about is money and power as I believe, and you sell your religion on the presumption that "god is love" and "god is all powerful" anything that points to the contrary must be utilised by those in charge.
What better way is there than saying "god is punishing the wicked" and pointing at any section of the community you don't like.
Add to this calls for donations to rebuild the community and start building new churches and cathedrals and you spread a totally meaningless sense of well being, whilst taking needed funds from where they would do most good(shelters, medical aid,emergency relief,clothing etc.) Giving rise to a community that has almost nowhere else to turn and when they do turn to the church for help,they will be inherently grateful and will thank god for the help.
We need to stop thinking of high ranking religious leaders as misguided fools but recognise them for the malevolent manipulators of suffering that they really are.

Stuart Hartill said...

As I recall, if you put aside the Bush administration's running down of disaster services, flood defences and so on, the biggest problem with the New Orleans disaster was there were no social services to cope with the victims.
And why was that? Because as pay-back for the faith vote Bush closed down professional, state-run services and handed them over to faith-led private set-ups instead. Of course, to compound the insult, the money to run emergency services for the homeless and so on after the disaster was again handed to evangelical churches to...pray for the victims? read the bible to them?...what, exactly?!
In short, organised religion was not only the major problem but the major beneficiary. And if there was such a disaster in Italy think we know which church would profit!

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Pete said...

[Pedantry alert]

I don't think Joseph Devine is a Cardinal. According to

http://www.bpsconfscot.com/Members/tabid/426/Default.aspx

he's just a plain old bigoted bishop.

[/Pedantry alert]

Andy Armitage said...

Quite right, Pete. I unintentionally promoted the bastard. Thanks for pointing that out. Now corrected.