The Vatican has taken a brief break from deflecting attention from its child rape problem to say how much the church's authorities pity themselves:
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said the Roman Catholic Church deeply believed that human sexuality was a gift reserved for married heterosexual couples. But those who express these views are faced with "a disturbing trend," he said.They're being attacked, he claims. Attacked is one word for it, more or less, but a more fitting word would be criticized.
"People are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behaviour between people of the same sex," he told the current session of the Human Rights Council.
"When they express their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature ... they are stigmatised, and worse -- they are vilified, and prosecuted.
Prosecuted, he goes on to say. Prosecuted! Of all words to say, he said prosecuted. Evidently the experience of never having been prosecuted for shielding child rapists has distorted the good bishop's proper sense of the word prosecuted.
The whining goes on:
Tomasi also said the Vatican believed in the inherent dignity of all human beings and condemned all violence against people because of their sexual orientation or behaviour.Churchy should stop congratulating his broad-minded advocacy of allowing gay people to exist long enough to check a dictionary or read a newspaper or two. If he does, he will soon see that prosecuted is what happens when states make and enforce laws, which is exactly what the bishop wants to see applied to gay people. And he wants no one to criticize him or his institution for advocating this prosecution. And he wants to label himself and his child rape racket as prosecuted all the while. Neat.
"But states can and must regulate behaviours, including various sexual behaviours," he said.
No. For the sake of justice, bigoted cranks must be called out for what they are, and child rapists must be -- yes -- prosecuted.