Saturday, September 18, 2010


The Pope is nothing if not a setter of moral priorities:

The Vatican has classified the "attempted ordination" of women as one of the most serious crimes a Catholic priest can commit, putting it on a par with paedophilia, heresy and desecrating the Sacrament.

Anyone found to be ordaining women will be automatically excommunicated under the new rules.

The Vatican also announced new laws to tackle paedophilia, doubling the church's statute of limitations to 20 years and allowing bishops to sack priests without having to resort to a full canonical trial.
The reader is left to imagine the precise form an "attempted ordination" would take, and how it would differ from an actual ordination. That reverie is no match for the one needed to understand the viewpoint in which "descecrating the sacrament" -- say, dropping a few of of those Christ-flesh-flavored crackers on the floor and then putting them back on the plate without mentioning this to the priest, or using the baptismal water to rinse off the pews where people were sweating an hour before -- deserves the same penalty as raping children. I say raping children is far worse, and if that makes me worthy of excommunication, please excommunicate me.

1 comment:

Laura said...

Ah, the insanity of religion. I offer these quotes:

"I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world."

Bertrand Russell

"What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof."

Christopher Hitchens

I thank Zeus for them.