JABbering Stooge

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Eggs Benedict Steals One from Bush

According to a recent L.A. Times article quoted at thoughtcrimes.org, Pope Benedict Arnold I has applied the Bush/Rove idea of rewarding failure and corruption by appointing William Levada, formerly Archbishop of Portland, OR and later Archbishop of San Francisco, to succeed him as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. (As I mentioned in an earlier editorial, the CDF is what the Inquisition became when it was no longer PC to be the Inquisition.)

What is especially shameful about this promotion is the fact that in a 1994 child support case involving then-Seminary student Arturo Uribe is that Levada blamed the plaintiff for failure to use birth control that resulted in the pregnancy that the child-support case revolved around. It's bad enough that this "defense" contradicts Catholic doctrine decrying contraception - a doctrine that, as prefect of the CDF, Levada is charged with defending. What makes the situation worse is the fact that this incident fits in with the larger pattern of the Catholic church's efforts to avoid any accountability for the sexual largesse of its leadership by any means necessary - whether blaming the victims, as in this case, or by playing Three-card monte with its membership, as in the pedophile priest scandal.

In any case, it's high time that liberal Catholics (and there are a fair number out there) cleaned house and installed leadership that exercises its affirmative moral duty to hold itself to the same strict standard that it holds its followers to. It's become painfully obvious that conservative Catholics are either unable or unwilling to do so.

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