If God exists then he must have a very nasty sense of irony:
Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest in the village of Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on pedophilia and drug charges. Investigators say that in tapped mobile-phone conversations, Seppia asked a Moroccan drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters with young and vulnerable boys. “I do not want 16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for needy boys who have family issues,” he allegedly said. Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who is the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, had been working with Benedict to establish a tough new worldwide policy, released this week, on how bishops should handle accusations of priestly sex abuse.
[…] According to investigators, Seppia told a friend — a former seminarian and barman who is currently under investigation — that the town’s malls were the best places to entice minors. In tapped phone conversations the two cursed and swore against God. The priest is charged with having attempted to kiss and touch an underage altar boy and of having exchanged cocaine for sexual intercourse with boys over 18.
Considering that the Vatican just released a report on the pedophile priest scandals that have been rocking the Church for the past few years that put the blame squarely on the “sexually permissive” 1960’s and 70’s, this makes them look pretty stupid. If not outright evil. Now add in the fact that the Vatican released new guidelines for dealing with accusations of molestation that insist the initial case should be handled by Bishops and not the police and you’ve got a recipe for disaster:
A document drawn up by Cardinal William Levada, the head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, concludes the responsibility for dealing with child abuse cases within the Church “belongs in the first place to bishops”.
[…] “This document is simply meaningless words – they have been forced to act but it is not enough,” said Marco Lodi Rizzini, a spokesman for an Italian victim-support group. “The Vatican has said it will co-operate with the authorities before, but only because it has been forced to.”
Mr Rizzini pointed to a case that has recently emerged in the northern Italian city of Genoa, in which a 50-year-old priest has been arrested by police investigating a drugs and sex ring. Though Church leaders suspended Father Riccardo Seppia, there were claims the Vatican had been warned of his behaviour. Piercarlo Casassa, a retired priest, said: “I told the Church about him in 1994 but was ignored. I told them he was not the right person to have around youngsters.”
The Vatican clearly doesn’t seem to understand that their past habits of covering up and shuffling of pedophiles in their ranks is why they’re in trouble. That or they simply don’t give a fuck so long as they maintain their position of power over the masses. I’m inclined to think they simply don’t give a fuck. Who cares if a few priests diddle some of the kids in their congregation so long as the kids end up in Heaven in the end? Little fucks should be grateful for the attention considering the Hell they were headed for before these priests came along and saved their worthless little asses. Ingrates! Why we’re even letting them do drugs so they won’t feel the rape they’re going through so clearly. Try to show a little appreciation, eh?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t understand how anyone can follow the Catholic faith given the complete lack of moral authority and corruption at the very top of the church’s hierarchy. These people have repeatedly demonstrated that they are the last people on the planet you should be listening to for direction on ethics and morality. How can they save your soul when they’ve clearly lost their own decades ago?