You'd think this sort of thing would put a little wag in my tail, wouldn't you?
Que. archbishop asks forgiveness for church's sins
Updated Wed. Nov. 21 2007 7:00 PM ET
The archbishop of Quebec City is seeking forgiveness for the Catholic Church's handling of sex scandals and its treatment of minorities.
Marc Cardinal Ouellet issued a wide-ranging mea culpa Wednesday, admitting that "errors were committed" in the past by certain Catholics and other church officials.
Ouellet's open letter was published in Quebec newspapers on Wednesday and addressed attitudes prior to 1960 that he said favoured "anti-Semitism, racism, indifference to First Nations and discrimination against women and homosexuals.''
Ouellet also spoke about sexual abuse carried out by priests.
"Youngsters were subject to sexual aggression by priests,'' the letter reads.
"These scandals shook the confidence of the people towards religious authorities, and we understand them. Forgive us for all this pain!''
This may come as a surprise to my regular readers, but I'm not interested in hearing any more apologies from the Catholic Church. I'm not even interested in hearing how they're having to fork out millions of dollars in settlement claims for people they've brutalized and abused over the years. Truth be told, by now, there's only one thing I desperately would like the Catholic Church to do.
Shut. The. Fuck. Up.
Seriously, I just want them to put a fucking sock in it. You can only listen to that collection of rancid pedophiles apologize so many times before you're just plain tired of it. And, at this point, they really have only one moral choice left to them.
They have to shut up and stop lecturing to the rest of us. They have to fuck right off and clean up their own house and, in the meantime, they have to stop lecturing the rest of us on topics of morality like sex, gays and abortion, because they so don't have the moral standing to be preaching to anyone else. About anything.
Not only that, but it's high time for the mainstream media to understand all of this as well, in terms of simply not inviting Church representatives on their programs any more. It is not even remotely defensible to have a discussion on the pros and cons of, say, same-sex marriage in which a representative of the Catholic Church has to take time off from fending off countless accusations of child molestation to smugly tell others what does and does not constitute morality. And it shouldn't end there.
People like National Post columnist and utter hack Father Raymond J. de Souza should be told, in no uncertain terms, that if they want to continue being published, the only thing coming off their typewriters for the next five years should be an endless stream of apologies for what their organization has done. And that's it. No preaching. No lecturing. No moralistic philosophizing. Just one long, unbroken stream of heartfelt pleas for forgiveness, and we'll tell you when you can stop.
At this point, it's time for these people to just go away, and reflect on how truly evil they are. And only when we believe they can be trusted again should they be allowed to return to civilized society (albeit strictly on a probationary basis). And until that happens, well, I think I've made my position relatively clear.