But the Pope is so… mockable!

Apparently some Catholic bishops aren’t happy that some of us like to mock the Pope and they think we should stop:

ROME (CNS)—Mockery is not acceptable in public discussions, especially when the subject is the pope, said the president of the Italian Catholic bishops’ conference.

[…] “We will not accept that the pope, in the media or anywhere else, is mocked or offended,” said Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, opening the spring meeting of the permanent council of the Italian bishops’ conference.

Fuck the Pope and fuck Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco too. When the Pope stops saying shit that’s worth mocking then I’ll stop mocking him, but until then he’s fair game. Considering his position as the head of the Catholic church it’s probably unlikable he’ll stop saying things that are worth mocking anytime soon.

10 thoughts on “But the Pope is so… mockable!

  1. Let’s see, this is an ex-Hitler-Youth member who dresses like somebody’s rich dotty grandma attending the Oscars, who heads a worldwide cult of sworn-to-celibacy child molesters who think they can turn wine into blood by reciting mumbo-jumbo at it, which claims to know for certain that the creator of the entire universe is obsessed with ensuring that the humans on this tiny planet never use birth control pills, and which a few centuries ago threatened Galileo with torture until he backed down and admitted that the Sun orbits the Earth.  Nope, no basis for mockery there.

  2. You know… this is starting to be the cry used by a lot of people.  The Human Rights Commission of the UN passed a resolution saying that it is wrong to mock the Muslim religion.  Now the Pope is saying that mocking him is wrong.

    The problem is with their definition of ‘mocking’  It seems what they’re really saying is that they don’t want people to disagree with them, seeing as how whenever someone says they’re wrong, they call it harrassment, persecution or ‘mocking’

    This is a VERY dangerous development.  A lot of religious organizations in the US are doing the same thing.  If someone disagrees with them putting prayer in school, teaching creationism, etc… they claim that these people are interfering with their right to worship as they choose.  It’s not okay to say “We have the right to indoctrinate people into our religion” but it is apparently okay to say “Not allowing us to indoctrinate people into our religion is violating our rights.”  That’s how you get sympathy; paint yourself as the oppressed rather than the oppressor.

  3. Mocking religion and religious leaders is the best way to “defrock” them of their special status in society. Also, Free Speech trumps religious dogma any day; I will say what I want about who I want as long as what I say does not lead to another’s physical harm – to hell with the bishops!

  4. I think they need to make a choice:

    Either we get to mock them.

    or

    We get to hunt them.

    snake

    I think mocking requires less effort, where as hunting them to extinction would leave us with nothing to mock.

  5. Swordsbane:  The problem is with their definition of ‘mocking’  It seems what they’re really saying is that they don’t want people to disagree with them

    Given what a weak hand they’re playing, they’re almost forced into that position.  Religious ideas are so absurd, or in many cases actually disgusting*, that if the religious tried to defend them in honest terms against criticism, they’d sound insane or evil.  They can’t respond effectively to criticism, so the only way they can deal with it is to silence it.

    *I’m thinking here of the Islamic practice of floggings and stonings for even the appearance of sexual transgressions, the recent case in Brazil where everyone who helped a 9-year-old girl get an abortion was excommunicated but the guy who raped and impregnated her wasn’t, etc.  Listening to how they sound when they try to defend this stuff, you can see why they’d rather just stop anyone from questioning it in the first place.

  6. Given what a weak hand they’re playing, they’re almost forced into that position.  Religious ideas are so absurd, or in many cases actually disgusting*, that if the religious tried to defend them in honest terms against criticism, they’d sound insane or evil.  They can’t respond effectively to criticism, so the only way they can deal with it is to silence it.

    Well, they would only be forced into the position if they don’t like the “live and let live” motto.  They think tolerating the other persons religion is only for their enemies, and not for them.  Catholics are already conditioned to believe contradictory things.  Why stop with their own behavior?

  7. The Pope is an evil rotten communist fucking bastard. This guy is THE fucking asshole on the planet today. Piece of shit mother fucker. Too bad his plane didn’t crash leaving Mexico as he attempts to stick his big fuckin mouth into our AZ politics. Eat me Pope

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