1997 letter from Vatican is “smoking gun” on pedophile priest cover up.

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In retrospect, it should have been obvious.

From the beginning of the Catholic pedophile priest scandal the Vatican has maintained that it had no knowledge of the problem and was not involved in any official cover up. More than a few people believed that claim to be an outright lie.

It appears they may have been right:

DUBLIN – A 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland’s Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police — a disclosure that victims’ groups described as “the smoking gun” needed to show that the church enforced a worldwide culture of covering up crimes by pedophile priests.

The newly revealed letter, obtained by Irish broadcasters RTE and provided to The Associated Press, documents the Vatican’s rejection of a 1996 Irish church initiative to begin helping police identify pedophile priests following Ireland’s first wave of publicly disclosed lawsuits.

The letter undermines persistent Vatican claims, particularly when seeking to defend itself in U.S. lawsuits, that Rome never instructed local bishops to withhold evidence or suspicion of crimes from police. It instead emphasizes the church’s right to handle all child-abuse allegations and determine punishments in house rather than give that power to civil authorities.

via Vatican warned Irish bishops not to report abuse – Yahoo! News.

I’d say that I’m outraged, but I’ve been outraged at the Catholic church for so long on this issue that I have very little left. It’s been replaced with indignant disgust. All the Vatican has ever been concerned about over the decades that this abuse has been taking place around the world is the image of the church. The welfare of the children raped by the priests? Well, sure, they’ll tell you it’s a horrible thing they wish had never happened, but they can’t be bothered to actually do anything about other than shuffle the priests around to new locations where they can rape a whole new batch of kids.

OK, that’s not entirely fair. Back in 2008 the Pope did propose one way to solve the pedophile priest problem: Continuous non-stop prayer asking God to cleanse the church of pedophiles. That’s the best he could come up with. Understandable I suppose, when there are so many other greater evils in the world that require his attention like the threat gay marriage poses to society.

Got that? Priests raping kids is not a threat to society the way gays getting married is. Who cares if a few priests diddle a few choir boys and girls if we’re going to allow consenting adults of the same gender to engage in holy matrimony?

The Catholic church lost any claim to being an arbiter of morality a long time ago and as time goes on we see more and more just how deeply corrupt and immoral it really is. The image of the church is considered more important than any other issue and anything that might tarnish that image is suppressed, covered up, and swept under the rug. The Vatican seems to think it and its priests are above the law. You can almost sense how much they covet the power of mullahs and imams in the Middle East to rule by decree.

They don’t care about you or your kids. They only care about maintaining what little power and influence they still have around the world. They are beyond reproach in their own mind. And when they finally are found out and their dirty laundry sees the light of day, they blame everyone and everything other than themselves for their perfidy.

The only question left is how much longer we’ll allow them to get away with it.

[SEB Guest Post] Catholic website encourages “death panel” myth in order to scare readers into opposing health care reform.

With the Republican Party still gloating over its recent election victories, claiming it has a mandate to repeal health care reform, we can see on religious websites just how they came to this supposed success. They relied, in part, on their old friend the Religious Right.

In this link you will see a questioner, Linda, asking EWTN.com (the largest Catholic television station in America’s website) “pro-life” expert Judie Brown about what she should do in the face of incoming death panels. Linda believes that Obamacare, as the Right has pejoratively labeled it, will impose death panels on the nation and that handicapped, elderly and even fat people will apparently be euthanized. This term “death panels” as most of you likely know, was invented by the irresponsible Sarah “what crosshairs?” Palin and was a term awarded the honor of 2009 “Lie of the Year” by PolitiFact.

Linda, who one assumes is a Fox News viewer as well as an EWTN.com visitor, asks if she should simply stop taking her medication now rather than wait for “Obamacare” to basically kill her.  Judie tells her not to do so, since this would be a sin (too bad Judie was not there to tell John Paul II the same in his final days when he refused to go to a hospital) and that she should instead work to repeal health care.

If you want to know what demagoguery is, what irresponsible means, and what function the Religious Right has in our society; this is a fine example. Don’t tell this poor woman the truth, that there will be no death panels and that rationing of care in our country has been happening since well before Obama took office. Just tell her to work hard for the cause of the Republican Party, and God will thank her. And, as Judie hints, if Obamacare does kill us, at least we will not have committed a sin by doing the deed ourselves.

If there is a God and if there is such a thing as sin (which I assume partisan hack Judie Brown does not believe in, as she spreads her conservative agenda through blatant lies to her naive Catholic readers), and if hell does exist, there will be a special place in it for the Religious Right.

Pope warns of misuse of religion.

Does anyone know where I can get my Irony Meter repaired or replaced? I read this article and almost fell off my chair:

Pope warns of misuse of religion – BBC News

Pope Benedict XVI has warned against the misuse of religion for political ends, in a speech to Muslim leaders on the second day of his visit to Jordan.

Speaking in the King Hussein Mosque in Amman, he argued that religion was a force for good, but its “manipulation” caused divisions and even violence.

[…] “Some assert that religion is necessarily a cause of division in our world and so they argue that the lesser attention given to religion in the public sphere the better,” he said.

“Certainly, the contradiction of tensions and divisions between the followers of different religious traditions, sadly, cannot be denied.

“However, is it not also the case that often it is the ideological manipulation of religion, sometimes for political ends, that is the real catalyst for tension and division, and at times even violence in society?”

Can Beenadick actually look at himself in the mirror? How many Africans will die from his misuse of religion? How many little boys are suffering from his priests’ misuse of religion? etc, etc.