So here I was last night, sitting in my evil little atheist lair thinking about what story I could concoct to make religion look bad. What fantastic lie could I conjure that would slap even the most god-drenched follower in the face and say “if you keep following these people, you are not only a sucker, but you are lending tacit, verbal, or financial endorsement to some pretty righteous badness”?
Could I have the Pope strangle a bunny rabbit? Nah, nobody would believe that. What if the organization claiming to be the only route to morality shielded pedophiles? No, no…been done.
Then I read shit like this.
The latest sex-abuse case to rock the Catholic Church is unfolding in the archdiocese of an influential Italian Cardinal who has been working with Pope Benedict XVI on reforms to respond to prior scandals of pedophile priests.
Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest in the village of Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on pedophilia and drug charges. Investigators say that in tapped mobile-phone conversations, Seppia asked a Moroccan drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters with young and vulnerable boys. “I do not want 16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for needy boys who have family issues,” he allegedly said. Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who is the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, had been working with Benedict to establish a tough new worldwide policy, released this week, on how bishops should handle accusations of priestly sex abuse.
So now that we’re all done laughing at the insanity of it, let’s make sure we also recoil at the wickedness. This man, and countless others in the church’s employ, prey upon the children they are charged with protecting. That same church, the one squealing that atheists are the source of world-destroying immorality, has simultaneously protected these monsters and shuffled them around so that they may continue to rape children.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, in this particular case, the predator is HIV-positive. He was aware of this and he was still coercing children into sex. God watched on idly. The organization that has grown powerful and prosperous in god’s name, the one that empowered Seppia and granted him the ironic title of ‘Father’, did the same.
So to all you Catholics out there who go to mass every week and contribute to the Vatican’s opulence, whether you support child-rape or not, you are endorsing this behavior through your loyalty to these evil, evil people and to this evil, evil institution. This should bother you. I just cannot believe the Catholics who make excuses and stay.
Tell me again how religion makes people better. Let me be a part of the movement that decries this nonsense proudly, vocally, in full, and, most importantly, without reservation or apology.
Thanks to Steven for the story.