I probably mentioned before that the Catholic Church and I parted ways donkey's years ago?
I haven't paid them much heed in the intervening years. They do their magic incantations and rituals and I do mine.
But I read a thing yesterday about a priest who had been turfed out of his parish. A complaint had been made to Rome and Rome had responded swiftly and categorically – the priest had to go.
Aha, I thought to myself, another kiddie fiddler? It must be something incredibly serious for a priest to be moved so swiftly considering how child rapists were allowed stay where they were even when they were known paedophiles?
It was an incredibly serious crime all right.
Apparently he has been officiating at a baptism when he committed his heinous crime.
Had he substituted sulphuric acid for the water to pour over the baby's head?
Had he slaughtered a goat on the altar and then wrapped the baby in its entrails?
Had he insisted on the parents being bollock naked during the ceremony?
Had he claimed that buggering the infant was part of the ritual?
None of the above.
Horror of horrors!
Now everyone was happy with this little inclusive arrangement apart from some old biddy in the congregation [and I will bet my last cent it was some old woman – men couldn't give a shite], and the biddy complained to the bishop, and the bishop complained to Rome. For fuck's sake!
Leastwise, Rome now states that the baby has to be baptised "properly" again.
Reading between the lines, Rome has been gunning for this padre for some time and this was sufficient excuse to get him. But for his final act of criminality he is lambasted for letting someone else pour water instead of doing it himself?
And they wonder why people are leaving in droves…..