The Catholic Church is a Criminal Enterprise
By MATT TAIBBI - TAIBBLOG - TRUE/STLANT
Added: Sun, 28 Mar 2010 00:00:00 UTC
The Holy Seeâs reaction to both stories has been swift. An unsigned editorial this week in the Vatican newspaper LâOsservatore Romano attacked the New York Times by name, accusing the paper of willfully ignoring the âtruthâ of Ratzinger/Benedictâs record and of attempting âto instrumentalize, without any foundation in fact, horrible episodes and sorrowful events uncovered in some cases from decades ago.â The media, it continued, showed a âdespicable intent of attacking, at whatever cost, Benedict XVI and his closest collaborators.â
Earlier in the week, New Yorkâs archbishop, Timothy Dolan, used his blog to dismiss the New York Times reports and defend the pontiffâs record by arguing that authorities outside the church also are culpable. Stories about sexual abuse by priests were âfairâ if âunending,â he wrote. But he condemned the media for portraying child sexual abuse âas a tragedy unique to the church alone. That, of course, is malarkey.â
via A pope with a problem – latimes.com.
Anyone whoâs interested in losing his lunch should read the above-mentioned blog entry by New York archbishop Timothy Dolan in defense of Pope Benedict; the archbishopâs incredibly pompous and self-pitying rant is some of the most depraved horseshit Iâve ever seen on the internet, which is saying a lot.
One expects professional slimeballs like the public relations department of Goldman Sachs to pull out the âWell, we werenât the only thieves!â argument when accused of financial malfeasance. But I almost couldnât believe my eyes as I read through Dolanâs retort and it dawned on me that he was actually going to use the âWe werenât the only child molesters!â excuse. Dolan must have very roomy man-robes, because it seems to me youâd need a set of balls like two moons of Jupiter to say such a thing in public and expect it to fly. But this is exactly what Dolan does; he bases his entire defense of the Church on the idea that others are equally culpable. The relevant section of his piece:
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