Apr 042010

If, against my intention, I’ve hurt the Jewish people’s feelings and those of the victims of child abuse, I’m truly sorry and ask forgiveness.

See what the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa did there?  He was semi-tretracting an earlier statement, which he made in front of the Pope, in which he compared public anger at the Catholic hierarchy with anti-Semitism.

Clever or what?

That, my friends, is a classic example of applied mental reservation and all thanks to one of the smallest and most powerful words we know.  If.

Any student of logic will tell you that the word If doesn’t live alone.  It can’t survive without its shadow companion, If Not.

Here we have an organisation that encouraged persecution of Jews for centuries.  The same organisation tolerated and encouraged the rape of children.  And now, the Pope’s personal spokesman has hit back at people who complain about the child abuse by comparing them to Jew-haters.

The hypocrisy is beyond comprehension, wouldn’t you think?


Old Raniero has provided a masterclass in mental reservation with this one, while at the same time offering the finger to Jews and rape victims, which is somewhat worrying from a German pope’s personal preacher.

Let’s complete his apology, adding its logical and necessary corollary.

If, against my intention, I’ve hurt the Jewish people’s feelings and those of the victims of child abuse, I’m truly sorry and ask forgivenessIf I have not hurt anyone, then I don’t apologise, I’m not sorry and I don’t ask forgiveness.

Did Raniero think there was some doubt?  And while we’re at it, what exactly is the Pope’s personal preacher?  I thought the Pope was a professional preacher.

That’s like Wyatt Earp having a personal gunslinger.

Meanwhile, of course, we had another prick, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, spitting in the face of clerical rape victims by describing their complaints as petty gossip.

Holy Father, he told the Pope in front of thousands of cheering pilgrims, the people of God are with you and will not let themselves be influenced by the petty gossip of the moment, by the trials that sometimes assail the community of believers.

Sick-bag, anyone?

  7 Responses to “Criticism of Vatican Same as Oppression of Jews, Says Pope’s Preacher”

Comments (7)

    Bock said: “The hypocrisy is beyond comprehension, wouldn’t you think?”


    Bad enough what happened so far, bad enough what they did not only to children but to the people, to the world as such.
    But their “defence” (never mind any upright “christian” atonement) is really beyond any comment I ever could have imagined to provide. It’s even beyond my otherwise acidic and combative mind. It’s beyond … I don’t know.
    I’m truly speechless.

    I’m not even a catholic, not in the least religious. But I know about profound betrayal and hypocrisy.

    In this singular but examplary case it reminds me of the old Nazis in my home country: I just followed orders, and my best friends were Jews anyway….

    Go figure…


    Lets not forget its was the fascists in Italy allies of the Nazi’s who first gave the church diplomatic status.
    But keep up the pressure they are now on a damage limitation excise part of which is to attack the messenger and victims.


    Bock, Do you have that name right, Cardinal Angelo Sod a no? Should it not be Angelo Sod ah yes?


    It would be fair to say the Rome has oppressed almost everything on this earth over the course of its realm, going forward. However, the last Bishop of Rome was the first Pope to visit a synagogue in over 2,000 years.
    He also dismissed the root cause of anti semitism – that Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus – and described the Jews as our elder brothers and sisters in God. The previous Pope also prayed at the Wailing Wall. Pope John Paul may have been in love with a Jewish actress, Ginka Beer, (sirname guaranteed to win the heart of any Irishman) when he was a young man. The present Pontiff has continued that work and has visited a number of synagogues. The above priest apologised to Jews for his remarks, but pointed out that his remarks were provoked by a letter from a Jew who was concerned by the attacks on the pope. He said that his Jewish friend had remarked in his letter about “the use of stereotype and the easy passage from individual to collective guilt”.


    It’s funny that they should make comparisons to anti-semitism, since they were largely in agreement with Hitler. Is their mission to preach the word of Jesus or is it just an organisation based in corruption and arse-banditry, putting the poor and uneducated in a state of fear so that they can rape them literally and ecconomically?


    Perhaps the Vatican shouldn’t have kept its secretariat busy overnight making out diplamtic passports for the likes of Klaus Barbie then?

    Turned out at the Butcher of Lyon’s trial he had escaped, like many other nazi officers, on Vatican passports. By the way, whenever any of the church mice rant on about Stalin you might want to remind them he was a graduate of a Jesuit seminary (Tbilisi).

    The Vatican is nothing but the shell of the last Roman Empire into which catholicism moved like a hermit crab.

    If you give a bunch of old men living a wealthy lifestyle the idea that they are above the law then this is what you get- corruption from top to bottom.


    According to Sodano et al, anyone criticizing all the cover ups are part of an anti-Catholic “hate” campaign, targeting the pope for his “moral truths” that aren’t accepted any longer.

    “By now, it’s a cultural contrast,” Sodano told the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. “The pope embodies moral truths that aren’t accepted, and so, the shortcomings and errors of priests are used as weapons against the church.”
    “But it’s not Christ’s fault if Judas betrayed” him, Sodano said. “It’s not a bishop’s fault if one of his priests is stained by grave wrongdoing. And certainly the pontiff is not responsible.”

    They don’t take any responsibility!


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