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Gays Blamed For Church Pedophilia

No doubt you’ll all have read or heard about the Pope’s 2IC, the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and his claim that homosexuality is to blame for the ongoing pedophilia epidemic infesting the Roman Catholic Church. Despite the total lack of scientific evidence backing up his claim, Bertone took it upon himself to explain to the ignorant masses how misguided we are to think that clergy-life abstinence from sex could possibly have any influence on sexual deviants masquerading as priests carrying out their sickening perversions on innocent children in their care.

Of course the claim would be laughable if it wasn’t so cowardly not to mention politically devious. His use of the word “pathology” in describing homosexuality is telling – The World Health Organization calls homosexuality a variation of human behavior; it is pedophilia that is a pathology AND a crime. No, the real purpose of blaming gays is to divert attention away from the controversy of doctrinal celibacy in the Catholic Church. In other words, homosexuals have become scape goats- something well known to the world of religion.

Celibacy does not cause pedophilia – the pathology of pedophile priests is almost definitely  ingrained in the psyche before they join the church – but it does exacerbate and it can pervert. Weak willed, immoral men are that much more tempted to do evil when cloistered in such an unnatural environment and under such extreme, church imposed conditions.

The Church cannot afford to be seen maintaining an unworkable, embedded doctrine as this would force a massive upheaval within and without that would shake the church to it’s foundations – celibacy being at it’s core. Better to blame someone else and who better than “faggots” and “dykes”.. a pet target steeped in church orthodoxy for thousands of years.

I’m probably telling you something you already know..so why am I blogging it?  For me this latest episode in the sordid history of organised religion is another prime example of what happens when mankind aspires to absolute knowledge, absolute certainty; wraps itself in dogma that has no basis in evidence, and because of it, finds itself trapped and inflexible. The Church cannot reform  it’s basic tenets otherwise it would no longer be the church, so the church cannot hold itself accountable for the failures of it’s own system. In effect it is cocooned by it’s own dogma and as a result it’s crimes have to be covered up.

This is not a questioning of God or God’s will or whether there is a God ( which I do not believe in), it’s a questioning of the wisdom of placing trust in an organisation that takes for itself the mantle of the mouthpiece of God despite the obvious hypocricy of it all.  In so doing it betrays the trust of it’s faithful as it has done for time immemorial.

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April 15, 2010 · 2:46 am

Celebrity Worship

A recently tweeted article is the prompt for this blog. In short the article said that Ellen DeGeneres was using the feature list function at Twitter to manipulate other users into following her. The end purpose of this no doubt is exposure/ self promotion ultimately translating into bargaining power come $ contract time. You can read the article here:  http://bit.ly/1ajkxR

That DeGeneres or any other “celebrity” has the right to promote their product or themselves is not in question. It is the underhanded manipulation of a star struck public that is wrong. That a “social networking” site like Twitter is the instrument used for this self promotion is also wrong. These social sites are for the purpose of connecting, expressing, making friends. They are the greatest of opportunities for people to unite in friendship and self expression. For them to be used as commercial vehicles of exploitation or money spinning ventures is to pervert this purpose.

It also speaks loudly of what is happening to society in general. Think in terms of the new demi-gods: those ordinary people whom other “ordinary” people place on pedestals for the two fold purpose of hero worship and identity. Celebrities are indeed ordinary people. Ordinary people with hundreds of thousands of followers? With the benefit of scripting, production and direction, lighting, make up, marketing and advertising they of course become something else. They become idols for worship.

People seem to have a deep psychological need to put something or someone above themselves, or conversely place themselves under or below. Some fans do the fan thing simply for fun and nothing more, but for the majority of fans, celebrity worship is a way of life. A substitute for their own lives. It is instrumental in creating their own identity and building ego via an imagined umbilical cord with their idol. Most people at Twitter, for instance, follow their fav celebs in the desperate hope that the star will tweet back to them. The fan-celebrity symbiosis is built on mutual need:  one is to be worshipped and adored, the other – the worshipper – is to feel gratitude and just a lil bit special ;).  To me this is a belittling, demeaning attitude.

Karl Marx said “Religion is the opiate of the people.” If he was living in the 21 st century he would have changed  it to “Hollywood.” I think it’s time the “ordinary” people, the “masses”. the “peasants,” so manipulated and controlled for hundreds of years in every aspect,  stopped looking up to others while looking down, and started looking straight ahead. A coiffured, perfumed, manicured, maufactured, air blown celeb is not someone we should place so much value on when we have doctors, nurses, firemen, policemen, soldiers, scientists and so many others saving lives and building our world. They are the true million dollar babies…and THEY are YOU.

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November 5, 2009 · 12:57 am