It’s not enough that Catholic bishops downplayed, enabled, and concealed horrific sex abuse for decades — now they want to deflect responsibility, too.
And the bogeyman they’ve settled on? Gay people, of course — because why confront your own demons when you can just cast them into a persecuted minority and drown them in the sea?
Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino over the weekend condemned what he called the “deviant sexual acts by clerics,” declaring that homosexuality was at the root of the Catholic Church's ongoing sexual abuse scandal, including a recent grand jury finding in Pennsylvania of decades of sexual assaults against children by hundreds of priests.
Nope, nope, nope. Uh-uh. Bad bishop! Go sell your medieval tripe elsewhere. Do we have to drill holes into your skull to let the assholery out? Festoon leeches on your body until all the stupid bleeds away?
“It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord,” Morlino wrote in a five-page letter to members of the diocese on Saturday. “The Church’s teaching is clear that the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted by it unfit to be a priest.”
The decision to act on that inclination, Morlino wrote, “is a sin so grave that it cries out to heaven for vengeance, especially when it involves preying upon the young or the vulnerable.”
I promised I wouldn’t ever say this again after my last confession went so badly off the rails, but fuck you, holy man. I went to Catholic school for 11 years, so I’m familiar with every loony tune in your hymnal.
Try to get this: Homosexuality is not pedophilia. Full stop. You Pecksniffian pricks did this. You. Stop blaming RuPaul when you need look no further than John Paul.
Of course, not all bishops and priests share responsibility. Just because you have an inclination toward priestly vocations doesn’t mean you’re a pedophile or a pedophile protector. (See what I did there?)
Just stop. And read your Bible — specifically Matthew 7:3-5:
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
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