Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pope says Church Considered F#!%ing Kids "Normal" in the 70's

Would you leave your kids alone with this guy?
When my brother and his wife got married in a big-ass Catholic ceremony back in the early 80's, they found a young priest that they thought was hip and cool and had him do the deed. As this cool priest spoke of the level of commitment it takes to get married during the cynical 80's, he told a joke that was popular at the time to help illustrate the point:
"What's the difference between love and herpes? Herpes lasts forever."
You could have heard a pin drop, as every jaw in the church dropped. My beautiful sister-in-law, in her perfect gown, who had spent months planning the perfect wedding, stared in stunned silence as tears welled up in her eyes. The church was flooded with complaints and the offending priest was reassigned to another parish.

I bring this up for a reason. When  it comes to matters of human sexuality, the Catholic Church is still living in the 70's. Not the 1970's, the actual First Century 70's.

The Belfast Telegraph reported on the 21st of December that in his annual Christmas address to cardinals last week, Papa Ratzi tried to excuse the church's ~ and his own ~ lack of action in response to rampant child sex abuse, saying that it was seen as "normal".
“In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said.

“It was maintained — even within the realm of Catholic theology — that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a ‘better than' and a ‘worse than'. Nothing is good or bad in itself.”

The Pope said abuse revelations in 2010 reached “an unimaginable dimension” which brought “humiliation” on the Church.
Back in ancient Rome and Greece, there was a socially accepted practice called pederasty, where an older married man would take on a teen-aged boy as an apprentice to teach him a trade. The was also a sexual relationship within this context. The practice was viewed with varying degrees of acceptance and disapproval at the time, but was tolerated by those cultures.

The ancient Romans, for all their accomplishments, were a lot like the Borg in the Star Trek universe. They had no cultural creativity of their own and assimilated the cultural practices of the civilizations they conquered. Pederasty was one of the practices they inherited from the Greeks. When Rome became Catholic, the Church continued its assimilationist global expansion.

So when the Pope says that pedophilia and child pornography were becoming more "accepted" by society, he probably believes it. He has spent his entire adult life isolated within a global organization with its own bizarre social mores and customs, that go back for centuries. Having had very little involvement with life in the modern outside world, it may seem to him that fucking a kid was normal, because everybody he knew was doing it.

Adult survivors of sex abuse within the church are furious at the pontiff.
"...Outraged Dublin victim Andrew Madden last night insisted that child abuse was not considered normal in the company he kept.

Mr Madden accused the Pope of not knowing that child pornography was the viewing of images of children being sexually abused, and should be named as such.

He said: “That is not normal. I don't know what company the Pope has been keeping for the past 50 years.”
 There is a special place in Hell for pedophiles and Papa Ratzi has a front row center reservation.

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