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Holy Week has turned into HOLY $#!T week for the Catholic Church as it scrambles to place blame for its pedophilia problem on the devil, gays, the sexual revolution, the media--anywhere but the Church itself.

Pope Ratzi called criticism of the Catholic Church's child-rape scandals the petty gossip of dominant opinion." William Donohue of the Catholic League played semantics, exonerating the Church's rapists from the charge of pedophilia because "most of the victims were post-pubescent"--apparently, neither the power imbalance nor the age of consent is an issue for him. Now the Pope's personal priest has likened complaints about the Church's rape culture to anti-Semitism:

"The use of stereotypes, the shifting of personal responsibility and guilt to a collective guilt remind me of the most shameful aspects of anti-Semitism"

Aside from the problem of Ratzi's Nazi Youth past, this is a curious tactic for the Church to take. Would that be the "personal responsibility and guilt" of sheltering child rapists from prosecution? Shuffling them to new parishes where they can prey on more children?

Hearing the unctuous Donohue protest that "an innocent man, the Pope, is being libeled, slandered, and framed" might be enough to tempt Jesus himself to throw the first stone. The mass criminality and conspiracy that hides perpetrators under priestly cloaks of silence--and the conflation of civil and ecclesiastical power that enables the Church to do this--is the root problem with the Vatican and every other theocracy that has ever existed. (Vatican City currently shares that category with Iran and Saudi Arabia.)

Thomas Jefferson decried this sort of double standard with his usual eloquence, writing that church-based crimes must be "punished in the same manner and no otherwise than as if it had happened in a fair or market." (Notes on Religion, 1776. Papers 1:548) Jefferson's efforts to prevent an American theocracy explain why he is still a target for Texans who recently dumbed down history education by removing any mention of his contributions to our Founding. Thus, blind faith--the fruit of theocracy's poisonous tree--blinds more than its adherents and perpetuates ignorance down through the generations.

[Note: This post was submitted to the blogswarm Blog Against Theocracy, and I highly recommend that you visit there and read the other contributions.]

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