Political Idiocy Week, #-2

by wjw on April 14, 2010

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who as the Vatican’s secretary of state is Number Two among the Catholic clergy, was asked yesterday about a pedophilia scandal involving a priest having sex with a large number of underage girls.

Cardinal Bertone’s answer: blame the gays!

“Many psychologists and psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relation between celibacy and pedophilia. But many others have demonstrated, I have been told recently, that there is a relation between homosexuality and pedophilia. That is true. That is the problem.”

It was the gays who caused the priest to bang all those underage hotties! Dang— doesn’t that make perfect sense, now that you think about it?

At least he’s risen above the Church’s previous standard response, which was to blame the victims.

Another, rather more traditional answer was given by retired Bishop Giacomo Babini, who blames the pedophilila scandal on Freemasons and Jews. “. . . Eternal enemies of Catholicism, namely the freemasons and the Jews, whose mutual entanglements are not always easy to see through. … I think that it is primarily a Zionist attack, in view of its power and refinement. They do not want the church, they are its natural enemies. Deep down, historically speaking, the Jews are God-killers.”

You might think that the 81 year-old Babini had already said more than enough for one day, but once some people “pop,” they just can’t stop. “The Holocaust was a disgrace for all of humanity,” the good bishop told the world, “but now we have to look at it without rhetoric and with open eyes. Don’t believe that Hitler was merely crazy. The truth is that the Nazis’ criminal fury was provoked by the Jews’ economic embezzlement, by which they choked the German economy.”

Somehow I think that a resolution of the scandal will continue to elude us, at least as long as the Church has defenders like this.

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