Monday, March 31, 2014

Smokescreens #2

Richard Dawkins also spoke against Pope Benedict during his visit, a visit when the subject of clerical child abuse was raised again and again.

Let me remind you of the teaching of the Catholic Church on child abuse:

2389 Connected to incest is any sexual abuse perpetrated by adults on children or adolescents entrusted to their care. The offense is compounded by the scandalous harm done to the physical and moral integrity of the young, who will remain scarred by it all their lives; and the violation of responsibility for their upbringing.

That's pretty unequivocal, yes? What does Dick think:

In an interview in The Times magazine on Saturday (Sept. 7), Dawkins, 72, he said he was unable to condemn what he called "the mild pedophilia" he experienced at an English school when he was a child in the 1950s.
Referring to his early days at a boarding school in Salisbury, he recalled how one of the (unnamed) masters "pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts."
He said other children in his school peer group had been molested by the same teacher but concluded: "I don't think he did any of us lasting harm."

So, RD uses child abuse, which the Church unequivocally condemns, as a stick to beat the Holy Father, yet thinks it does not lasting harm. Protest the Pope was a smokescreen for people with some pretty loathsome views. The two I've mentioned thus far are the least obnoxious. Watch this space.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Smokescreens #1

In the furore over Harriet Harman's involvement with NCCL at the time it was affiliated with the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), you may have missed mention of Geoffrey Roberston QC, author of The Case Against The Pope and a speaker who addressed the Protest The Pope rally.

So now it turns out Geoffrey Roberston QC, now a Recorder, I believe, was on the board of NCCL in 1974 at the time it was affiliated with PIE. So a man with supposed oversight of the governance of an organisation affiliated to a bunch of paedophiles nearly all of whom ended up serving time for paedophilia and/or child pornography offences decides to point out the mote in the eye of Pope Benedict.

Looks like he's been trying one of the oldest tricks in the book to divert attention from his own protection of paedophiles, by omission or commission, malice or ineptitude, by throwing mud at a man who finally, properly addressed one of the biggest scandals to hit the Church when others had dodged it.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

On pointing out the Emperor's sartorial inadequacy.

Sorry to keep banging on about it, but there are no more married gay couple than there were last night in England. Any more than there is a validly ordained Archbishop of Canterbury or that Her Majesty's Government could change the Laws of Physics.

Pointing out The Real and The True remains a duty for Catholic Christians.