Christopher Hitchens on the Pope

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I’d lost a lot of respect for the seemingly perpetually inebriated Christopher Hitchens over the past decade – what with all the Bush love – but his recent work on the Pope and his culpability in hundreds of molestation cases is winning me back over.

And, as an aside, when are we finally going to get it through our heads that those people who say they speak for God are the ones that we should be the most afraid of, whether it be in the Middle East or right here at home?

[note: This post was brought to you by the Onion.]

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  1. Ted
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    But didn’t God himself choose the Pope? I find it hard to believe that God would choose someone who helped cover up for a guy who fucked and tortured deaf children. Of course, maybe God didn’t choose him. Maybe the Catholic church is just like any other fucked up organization, and the Pope is just like any other CEO. Fuck the lot of them.

  2. Ty Stephenson
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    I love how the Onion can cut right through all the bullshit.

  3. Kevin Pop
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Some, if you can believe it, are attacking those standing up for the deaf kids that were molested. It’s kind of like how the right is blaming the left for instigating their acts of violence.

    From the NYTimes:

    The university students, from the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei, handed Benedict a letter that read: “We notice that many have taken advantage of some episodes that are painful for the Church and the pope to spread doubts and suspicion.

    “To these sowers of mistrust we wish to say with clarity that we do not accept their ideology … we demand from them respect for our faith and the recognition of the right that we have to live as Christians in a plural society.”

  4. Sandra 44c
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Thee Catholic League is saying that it’s not “pedophilia” but “homosexuality”.

  5. Posted April 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Being prosecuted for raping children and enabling pedophilia is just like being killed for being Jewish, or so says the Preacher of the Pontifical Household at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

    Can religions jump sharks?

  6. Posted April 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    And here’s an interesting side note to this conversation… The age of consent in Vatican City is 12 years old – the lowest in the world.

  7. Posted April 12, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Priorities…. The Vatican, showing that they’re willing to make a significant break with the past, came out today, reversing their position the Beatles.

  8. Meta
    Posted August 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Roger Ebert had a very nice blog post today on Hitchens, who is dying of cancer.

  9. Kim
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Breaking news on the Vatican.

    — Vatican Bank being investigated for possible violations of money-laundering regulations, Bank of Italy tells CNN.

    So, they’re enabling pedophiles.
    They’re run by a former member of the Hitler Youth.
    And they’re laundering money.

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