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The ‘Crusade’ Continues

They started off attacking nuns. Then they shifted to attacking Girl Scouts. And now they are in all out ‘victim mode’ claiming White House is “strangling” Catholic church.

Charlie Pierce noted that the guy making the claim about the White House, Cardinal Dolan, is on record as saying that his most important legislative item is preventing the extension of the statute of limitations on child molestation.

Dolan’s predecessor as Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Egan, has retracted his apology for priest sex abuse.

I have no interest in living a country that caters to Canon law, any more than Sharia. If they don’t like it, let then go live in the Vatican. The rules they are complaining about have been around for more than a decade, but the Bishops don’t complain unless there is a Democrat in the White House. The Bishops have no moral standing left after their conduct in the world-wide child abuse scandals. Apologies they don’t mean and retract later are not an indicator of righteousness. The Catholic Church is ‘strangling’ on its own hypocrisy and misconduct, not on health insurance regulations.


1 jams o donnell { 05.23.12 at 7:54 am }

Dolan, like so many in the Catholic hierarchy, comes across as a man deserving nothing but our utter contempt. It’s all about power and screw most priests and worshippers.

2 Steve Bates { 05.23.12 at 9:17 am }

If you haven’t already read Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad, read about his tour of Italy, in particular, of Rome and the Vatican. Twain is most uncomplimentary. More than a hundred years later, it seems that little has changed.

Ordinary American secular law should apply unmodified to officials of the Catholic Church. Violators should go to jail. And the Church, active as it is in American politics, should have its @#$%^& tax exemption yanked.

A Catholic girlfriend a couple of decades ago argued with me that the Church (bodily) saved a lot of people in South and Central America. And I admit that a lot of individual Catholics are active in antiwar work. Perhaps there are some virtues, but I can act based only on what I see around me today… and what I see isn’t pretty.

3 Bryan { 05.23.12 at 10:09 am }

As an organization they are looking for obedience, not morality or virtue, Jams. The Pope has flatly said that a smaller more obedient Church is better than a larger Church with differences of opinion. The leadership has become ‘corporate’.

Steve, the actions your former girl friend talked about are exactly the type of thing that the nuns are being ‘accused’ of doing – helping the unfortunate. Liberation theology has been declared a heresy by the Vatican. The tin-pot political leaders couldn’t kill it with death squads, but the Vatican has wiped it out with memoranda.

In the end “Mrs. Cake” will have the last word, You can’t have a sustainable church of any kind without the willing participation of women, and the mental defectives who take over ‘religious organizations and decry the oppression of the “Monstrous Regiment” will suffer the fate of John Knox – be buried under a car park.

4 jams o donnell { 05.23.12 at 11:57 am }

Perhaps we should do the right thing and pledge allegiance to Nuggan. I will treat the Clacks system, babies and the colour blue as abominations

5 Bryan { 05.23.12 at 2:16 pm }

That’s actually what the US Council of Catholic Bishops has become, acolytes of Nuggan, only mentioning abominations and not covering what one should do, other than obey.

6 ellroon { 05.24.12 at 10:22 am }

(After googling extensively) I will celebrate the coming of Mrs. Cake and do all within my power to let her have access to any temple, shrine, church she wishes….

7 Bryan { 05.24.12 at 3:34 pm }

Mrs. Cake is a woman to be reckoned with, there is no doubt about that.

OT: Jams, Steve, and I are all fans of Discworld novels.