Saturday, December 11, 2010

Vatican Morality On Display Again

From The Guardian, this sordid tale:

"WikiLeaks cables: Vatican refused to engage with child sex abuse inquiry

Leaked cable lays bare how Irish government was forced to grant Vatican officials immunity from testifying to Murphy commission...The Vatican refused to allow its officials to testify before an Irish commission investigating the clerical abuse of children and was angered when they were summoned from Rome, US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks reveal.

Requests for information from the 2009 Murphy commission into sexual and physical abuse by clergy "offended many in the Vatican" who felt that the Irish government had "failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the investigations", a cable says."

Where to begin, where to begin?  First, what the hell business does a church have with "sovereignty," anyway?  And since when should that claim of sovereignty justify their trying to hide perpetrators of one of the most abominable crimes known to man?  Once again, the Catholic Church is revealed to be little more than a factory for the mass production of child molesters; and rather than show appropriate outrage over that fact, the Church's leaders are far more interested in their preposterous claims of diplomatic immunity.

It shames all of us that our government gives any credence or support to this hateful organization, and it is long past time that we at least stop funding it by permitting it to pay no taxes on the money it extorts from its followers.

And may I also note that, for those of you who haven't made up their minds about which side to take in the Wikileaks controversy, that here is some more disgusting information that the rich and powerful would prefer that we don't ever hear about, and once again, with the failure of the mainstream press to do its job, we are forced to rely on journalistic guerillas like Wikileaks to learn the truth.

But Wait...There's More:  I know financial crimes may be pretty small matters compared to sexual abuse of children, but this just in:

"court documents show that prosecutors say the Vatican Bank deliberately flouted anti-laundering laws "with the aim of hiding the ownership, destination and origin of the capital." The documents also reveal investigators' suspicions that clergy may have acted as fronts for corrupt businessmen and Mafia."

I guess it figures, huh? Boy, it makes me feel good to know I'm helping carry out their good works with my tax money.

3 comments:

Jean Valjean said...

While no friend to the R.C. establishment, I do want to stand up for the many good people born into that faith who are living moral, compassionate lives.

As for J. Assange's activities, I've begun coming around to your POV.

mastercynic said...

Since separation of church and state is an idea that originated with Hitler - or so I've been told -it's well past time that the state took all churches into the fold by revoking their tax exempt status.

Anonymous said...

And wouldn't the Vatican Bank make a great heist movie? Ocean's 15?