Friday, 2 April 2010

Candidate for Offensive Analogy of the Century

. . . hell, maybe the millennium.

So, there I was at the Google News main page and saw this headline from the Globe (it's an AP story):

Pope’s preacher likens sex-abuse allegations to violence against Jews

I sat there blinking for a few minutes and decided that I don't even know where to begin with that.

Oh, and if you read the story, you'll see that it's OK, because this insane counter-attack was suggested by an actual Jew.

MORE: From the New York Times:
Rabbi Riccardo di Segni, the chief rabbi of Rome, who hosted Benedict at the Rome synagogue in January on a visit that helped calm waters after a year of tensions, laughed in seeming disbelief when asked about Father Cantalamessa’s remarks.

“With a minimum of irony, I will say that today is Good Friday, when they pray that the Lord illuminate our hearts so we recognize Jesus,” Rabbi Di Segni said, referring to a prayer in a traditional Catholic liturgy calling for the conversion of the Jews. “We also pray that the Lord illuminate theirs.”

See? This is what happens when you let your priesthood marry and have normal lives and everything. Not only can they keep it in their pants way better, they're relaxed enough to say pretty funny stuff under pressure.

4 comments:

Balbulican said...

I think I know where you're getting hung up.

You are a victim of Old-Think. The Old-Think meaning of anti-semitism is "a prejudice against Jews."

In Newspeak, however, it's not necessary to be prejudiced against Jews to be "anti-semitic". Heck, you can even BE Jewish and be anti-semitic. All you need to do is criticize certain aspects of Israel's foreign policy.

The difference is that old-style anti-Semites hated Jews because of lies and propaganda that Jews were never guilty of. But criticizing undisputed truths about Israeli policy are enough to earn you the Newspeak label: it's been a triumph of branding.

Similarly, critics of the Church are appalled at the decades (at least) of undisputed rape and coverup perpetuated by maladjusted, compulsory celibates given enormous moral authority over their parishioners. That criticism has to be de-legitimized somehow.

fern hill said...

Thank you showing me the error of my ways, Balb. ;)

Personally, I think I am a victim of Think-Think.

fern hill said...

That should have been 'for' showing... grrrrr

Mark Francis said...

This is just God's way of showing us how screwed up that church is.

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