Friday, September 23, 2005

I will deliver, you know I'm a forgiver, reach out and touch faith

What was the Catholic church's initial reaction to rampant child abuse in its ranks? I believe that would be "decades of lies and obfuscation". Now they are taking a new tack. According to reports, Pope Benedict and the Vatican will be releasing a document banning homosexuals from the clergy.

Homosexuals, even those who are celibate, will be barred from becoming Roman
Catholic priests, a church official
said Wednesday, under stricter rules soon to be released on one of the most
sensitive issues facing the church.

Celibate or not, if you are gay, they don't want you. What was that crap again about "love the sinner, hate the sin"? I've always hated that shit anyway, but when they don't even bother to adhere to their own ridiculous propaganda, it drives me insane. P.S. What the hell does all this have to do with pedophilia anyway? Check the statistics and then let's talk about straight vs. gay in those ranks. I hope this report is true. It'll just hasten the extinction of this religion. They don't have enough priests now. They will not only recruit fewer priests, but also lose quite a few, I would hope, over this hypocrisy. They'll also be encouraging more lies and deception, another proud chapter in an illustrious history of it.
I was raised Catholic.


wingedman said...

I remember attending my cousin's catholic wedding, and oh my god, it was sooo ritualistic and arcane. And people kept on leaping up to sing and they knew all the words to all the songs at all the right moments!

What irked me most was how the priest expressly told them that should there be any fruit from their union they must swear to bring it up catholic too.

You know, for a religion with so much faith they don't have much confidence, eh?

Maggie said...

Oh, Michael, this makes me so mad. It MUST be because they're gay, because straight priests wouldn't do this sort of thing.

I don't know about losing priests over the hypocrisy, though. I find the statement that they're barring gays from becoming priests rather redundant, don't you? I don't believe they ever actually *accepted* celibate gays in the first place.

This is why religion disappoints me so much.

And that line about temptation in the seminaries is such complete bullshit. I'm a straight woman in a world full of men. I somehow manage not to fuck them all, imagine that if you can. I walk by men in stores, on the sidewalk, on the bus, in the movies, yet somehow I hold strong to myself, despite the urge to fuckfuckfuck them all. I am amazing.

The Other Andrew said...

They should do away with the brocades, the killer accessories and the burning handbag thingie... and then, what gay man would want to become a priest?

Michael said...

wingedman, I was the fruit of my parents' union, but that shit didn't stick. The non-fruity siblings all still churchin'.

Your powers continue to amaze, Maggie. Ain't it funny how far they have to stretch it in the attempt to make their actions sound all compassionate and shit?

Andrew, even considering the fabulous accessories, I file this with Log Cabin Republicans, Desperate Housewives, and Pamela Anderson, as things I just don't get.

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