& News item, from the New York Times:
DUBLIN — The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland was covering up the sexual abuse of children by priests as recently as 2009, long after it issued guidelines meant to protect children, and the Vatican tacitly encouraged the cover-up by ignoring the guidelines, according to a scathing report issued Wednesday by the Irish government. [the rest of the story, here.]
Ya know, isn’t it time to cut the crap?
The religious organizations of the world – at least the big cults of the West and the Middle East – wallow in hypocrisy, and continue to get a free pass from most of the non-religious entities of their societies. Everybody treats these hypocrites with kid gloves – the governors, the legislators, the judges and the journalists – perhaps fearful that they’ll go to hell if they don’t, more likely because they don’t want to suffer the shrieking that emanates from the high priests and followers of any cult that is criticized or questioned about its true value to society.
Now we have a sad, painful reminder of the continuing, shameful story of the Catholic church in Ireland [please go re-read Leon Uris’s “Trinity”]. These stories, somehow, always get turned into numbers and high-level goobledegook. But this isn’t a story about data, or bishops, or violations of church dogma or priestly blame games; this is about young kids — little innocent individuals whose entire lives are ruined – by lying, twisted men who, draped in assurances that they talk to their god, in fact spend most of their time skulking about in the shadows, either satisfying their sexual urges at the expense of the faithful, or covering up and lying for those who do.
It’s all B.S. From money-grubbing lowlifes like Jimmy Swaggart and Ted Haggard to the gold-plated Pope in Rome, a pox on all their pontifications. Charge the pedophiles with crimes and send them to jail. As for their bosses: Tax the bastards. Balance the budget.
& Off to negotiate with the devil for a good seat down there, I’m outta here.