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Criticism of Vatican Same as Oppression of Jews, Says Pope’s Preacher

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?

If.

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?