This week the Catholic hierarchy finally managed to get their dicks out of their altar boys long enough to attempt a response to the storm of horrified outrage provoked by the endless molestation-coverup scandals. The results, as one might expect, were less than impressive. The Vatican started by blaming the media
, notably the New York Times
(link sent by TNLib
), presumably for not keeping quiet about what the holy men of God had been up to, as they would have done in decades past. They tried blaming secularism
too, and free-lance Catholic apologist Bill Donohue (who must be pretty busy these days) blamed the gays
. The award for the most tasteless effort, however, must go to the Pope's own "personal preacher
" (the Pope
has a personal preacher?) for likening the public criticism of the Catholic Church to the history of "collective violence" against Jews -- a positively grotesque analogy, given the Church's own record in that area, as Oliver Willis
observes. Short of accusing small boys of dressing alluringly and bringing it on themselves, it's hard to see how self-justification could sink any lower. The capo di tutti capi
, He Who Zings Rats, has made it clear
that he will never accept responsibility -- or behave responsibly -- come Hell or high water. Small wonder Maureen Dowd
opined that the Church "gave up its credibility for Lent". Actually, credibility is the least of the Church's image problem
Meanwhile, out in the real world, the consecrated hosts continued to hit the fan. A conservative German bishop
was credibly accused of beating orphans. The Pope was implicated in the mishandling of yet another molesting-priest case
, this one in Arizona (screw the internal Church processes, why didn't anybody call the police?!
). One of the Pope's business competitors, the Archbishop of Canter-bury
, declared that the Catholic Church in Ireland had "lost all credibility" due to its handling of the molestation scandals there.
Surveying the whole ghastly mess, a question arises: even aside from the child-molesting itself, does all this ass-covering, excuse-making, blame-shifting, and finger-pointing look even remotely like the behavior of people who sincerely expect to be judged in the afterlife for their actions? Do these sexually-twisted, power-obsessed, reptilian old men really believe their own bullcrap about Jesus and God actually existing, any more than I do?
Do they even know
what they believe any more?