Catholic Church Protecting Babies

I was sitting in my evil atheist lair this morning scheming like Loki on steroids. What can I make up about religion today to make it look horrible? I could say that a bunch of priests ganged up and kicked a puppy – no- a baby! Yes, they kicked a baby! No…they kicked 300,000 babies! It’s so evil! But is it too much? Would anybody believe it?

Then I read this

The latest scandal centres on baby-trafficking by Church, government officials and clinics over several decades. As many as 300,000 babies may have been the victims of a practise that saw infants taken from “morally or economically deficit” parents and sold to couples deemed more acceptable.

Seriously? How do satirists stay in business nowadays?

And how on earth did they manage to steal that many children?

Typically, doctors and nuns would tell mothers their babies had been born dead, or that they had died shortly after birth. Then they would sell the newborns to adoptive parents and forge all official documents.

The reaction from one of the doctors is very telling.

Dr Vella grabbed a metal crucifix standing on his desk. He moved towards me, branding it in my face. ‘Do you know what this is?’ he said, brandishing it in my face. ‘I have always acted in his name, always for the good of the children and to protect the mothers. Enough!’

One of two things has happened here. Either this guy (and all the Catholics involved) believed fully in god and faith simply doesn’t make people more moral, or they were brandishing religion to cover their asses because people see a piece of anything shaped into the simple shape of a cross and immediately (and foolishly) assume a strong moral compass.

Personally, I think it’s a little of both. Ain’t faith beautiful?

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Richard

    Just threw up a little in my mouth.

  • Glodson

    I swear, some people seem determined to make the point that religion is evil for us.

    Shit, this one is so bad that it almost feels like a straw-man. Too bad it really fucking happened. And it makes me wonder what other dirty secrets are out there.

  • Mr.Kosta

    And then those crooks of the Epischopal Conference here in Spain wonder why nobody listens to them anymore.

    As a Spaniard, I only have two words for them: “FUCK YOU”

  • Art Vandelay

    The BBC programme shows photographs taken in the Eighties of a dead baby kept in a freezer, allegedly to show grieving mothers.

    Great. That’s just wonderful.

    Any chance that the Vatican didn’t know about this? They’d never cover something up like that, would they?

  • Matthew A. Harmer

    Holy crotch.

    And yet we Non-religious have to strain and struggle everyday to prove that we’re “good, moral people.” The next time some Catholic jerkoff tells me that these atrocities happen because we’re all fallible Human beings, my only responce will be, “don’t reduce me to your level.”

  • Chrisj

    Then they would sell the newborns to adoptive parents

    Because, hey, the Vatican sure does like its cash. Second only to controlling people, the RC church wants money. (OK, it’s arguably a minor point relative to the basic crime of stealing people’s children, but they were selling babies. How is it possible for someone to do that and not notice that it’s evil?)