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.