Monday, September 26, 2005

what do you expect from men who wear frocks to work?

I’ve wanted to write for days about the leak from the Vatican about their brilliant deduction that if they ban gay priests, there will be no child abuse in the church. But I get so choked up with bile about this that the post just ends up as a nonsensical rant.

It seems new Pope Benny is following in the same lame shoes of his predecessor. They will be blaming the victim next! Oops, they have already done that. Denial hasn’t worked either, but they gave that a damn good go too. So their latest plan is to not allow gays to become priests, and here’s the clincher even if they promise to be celibate. What? Don’t even the heterosexual ones have to take a vow of chastity, entering into no sexual act with man, beast, woman, child or even themselves?

The Vatican’s dislike of gay’s seems to be more about them having an unfair advantage in the cheap thrills department, than about addressing the issue of paedophilia in their parishes. It seems that as straight priests-to-be can’t hang out with women in the seminaries that it’s just not fair that the homosexual ones get to be with men in there. (Duh? Why else would you join the seminary?)

The powers that be in the church are also labouring under the popular misconception that straight men do not sexually abuse young boys, when there is some compelling evidence that men who identify as being heterosexual are more frequently perpetrators of this kind of abuse. But even if we suspended belief for a moment, using this ‘logic’ what is the Vatican going to do to stop girls and women from being abused by straight priests. Will they ban them too? Perhaps the only option they have is chemical or surgical castration of all priests. Now that would be a good one.

In the mean time the powers that be are going to personally inspect all 229 seminaries in the USA “for evidence of homosexuality”. One can only guess at the nature of their inspection. Compulsory screenings of “Queer is Folk” to flush out any erections? A home decorating quiz? Send in some live bait? Whatever, this is a tokenistic response at best, blatant discrimination at worst. But we have come to expect that from organised religion.

4 Comments:

Blogger Aleks - Anarcho-Syndicalist said...

*Starts the chant*

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1:41 pm  
Blogger DJ said...

or get a flickr accound and put your array of pics there...

grins

3:46 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

*shakes head*

what beastie have i unleashed here?

3:57 pm  
Blogger Aleks - Anarcho-Syndicalist said...

*Continues the chant*

"Bring Back the photo of you as a little girl!
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6:01 pm  

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