For a while there, I was very confused.
First there was the Murphy Report that exposed the inherent evil within the Dublin Diocese. Children were systematically raped and abused, yet the Vatican has absolutely nothing to say about it. The bishops are ‘reflecting’ but doing fuck all else. The lesson I learned from this is that it is apparently quite all right to molest children, rape them and then toss them aside before moving on to fresh pastures.
Then there was the case of the priest who defaulted on his taxes. Unlike the bishops, he gets a belt of the crosier because he called the tax people a shower of bastards and said they were responsible for people committing suicide. This is where I began to get really confused. It is apparently all right for the bishops to cause people to commit suicide, but you can’t say that about the tax people? The Church got very upset about it anyway. I didn’t learn any lesson from this, as it made no sense.
Then there is the case of the cardinal who said the homosexuals and transsexuals can’t go to heaven. Now I would have thought this was just part of the theological rubbish that is constantly pouring out of the Catholic Church, along with all that crap about contraception and celibacy and the like. Not so however. This apparently is far far worse than defaulting on your taxes or raping children. Why? Because the Vatican got involved. They got very hot under the dog-collar, right up to the very top of the organisation and retracted the cardinals statement.
So here are the facts.
Rape children to your heart’s content. Result? Catholic church not interested. Carry on. It’s quite OK.
Become a major tax defaulter and call the tax people names. Result? The bishops are going to get very annoyed with you but the Vatican couldn’t give a shite. Tax people are obviously more important than children though.
Say that homosexuals are sinners. Result? All hell breaks loose and the Vatican screams from the rooftops. This is obviously a heinous crime.
I found it difficult to reconcile these three reactions. They seems to be utterly disproportionate.
But then it struck me.
I understand now.
According to the Catholic Church, you can do whatever the fuck you like. You can systematically rape young boys and girls. You can evade taxes to your heart’s content. But what you must never ever do is say anything.
It’s the Eleventh Commandment.
Keep your fucking mouth shut.