Diversion tactics

When the going gets weird, the slimy point and screampedopriest “SECULARISSSSSTS!!!”:

In his installation service as the new leader of Catholics in England and Wales, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols called for a greater respect of religious belief.  […]

Secularists, such as Richard Dawkins, who try to rubbish religion are encouraging intolerance, the archbishop told a congregation of 2,000 at Westminster Cathedral.  […]

He urged that there should be “respectful dialogue” and that this needs to go “beyond the superficial and slogans”.

Because nothing says “respectful dialogue” like…

The archbishop played a leading role in fighting the introduction of gay rights laws in 2006, which now make it illegal to discriminate against gay couples when placing children for adoption.

Given the choice between leaving kids in the care of a gay couple I know or leaving them with a priest and a nun, I know which option I’d feel most comfortable with (talk about a No-Brainer).   But speaking of kids, while the Archbish was running his yap about atheists and secularists undermining society, did he have anything to say about the latest report of (the seemingly endless list of) Catholic school child abuse?  Not a thing.   Although he did mention it earlier, in passing:

Earlier, the new Archbishop risked controversy on his first day in office when he said a report exposing decades of systematic child abuse by Catholic priests and nuns in Ireland would “overshadow” the good they had done.

He said it took “courage” for Catholic church members who abused children to face up to their actions.

Made the church look bad, ooh.  The child abusers were courageous, oh yes.   And… something’s missing here… hmm… uh… starts with “K”…oh! Yeah!  Kids!  Anything about the kids?  Hello?   Oh right, they weren’t fetuses at the time, so too bad so sad, I guess.  SILLY ME!  What was I thinking?

6 Responses to “Diversion tactics”


  1. 1 mouthyorange Friday, May 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    A-1 post, JJ.

  2. 2 Bruce Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 5:00 am

    That “courage” he speaks of makes him representative of all that is wrong with that church. He doesn’t serve Mankind, he serves a system of control that is perpetuated by denial.

    Courage my ass, the Catholic church has a long history of being run by chicken shit, lily-livered, emotionally and sexually immature fugitives from society.

    And I don’t want hear anymore about not recognizing the good Christians, if you’re a Christian and you’re not doing anything to put an end to the culture of systemic abuse in your church, then you’re not a good Christian.

    Ask me how I really feel.

  3. 3 JJ Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 6:17 am

    Come on, don’t hold back, Bruce 😉

    I think there are lots of good Christians. There are even good, if naive and denialist, Catholics, but truly good Catholics need to hold their church to account. Preferably by leaving it and reforming their faith. Unfortunately the Catholic church is such a political powerhouse, it’s unlikely this will ever happen. It’ll keep lurching along, like a battered old car, the systemic body rust actually holding it together.

  4. 4 Dr. Prole Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 6:36 am

    They sure brainwash you good as a Catholic kid. The indoctrination starts early and continues indefinitely. That’s why so many have a hard time leaving the church, even when presented with reams of evidence of widespread, systemic abuse. I speak from experience.

  5. 5 JJ Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Dr.Prole – Yeah — it’s part of the doctrine that the Catholic church is “the One True Church”, all others are just pretenders and fakes. That makes it hard to leave, and easier to believe that the evil in their midst isn’t systemic, but just the result of a few bad apples. There’s a lot of anger about this in the church rank and file (esp. among more liberal catholics), but also a lot of denial.

  6. 6 joe agnost Monday, May 25, 2009 at 7:18 am

    JJ – “Anything about the kids? Hello? Oh right, they weren’t fetuses at the time, so too bad so sad, I guess.”

    That says it all and couldn’t be more true… what is it with those people?


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