Apr. 14th, 2010

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This is the reason why I'm now good and pissed off this afternoon. The Vatican is now trying to say that the reason priests are abusing children is because of homosexuality, not celibacy. And this excerpt really takes the cake:

"VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Wednesday tried to defuse growing anger over remarks by the pope's top aide that the problem behind the pedophile priest scandals is homosexuality and not the church's celibacy requirement.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Holy See's secretary of state, outraged gay advocacy groups, politicians and even the French government with his remarks Monday in Chile.

'Many psychologists and psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relation between celibacy and pedophilia,' the Italian cardinal said. 'But many others have demonstrated, I have been told recently, that there is a relation between homosexuality and pedophilia. That is true. That is the problem.'"

Um...no...in fact, most pedophiles are not homosexuals; the majority of them are heterosexuals. And it's a known fact that many pedophiles look for jobs where they can get easy access to children. What's one of those jobs? (ding! ding! ding!) You guessed it! The priesthood!

The Catholic Church not only needs to re-think the whole celibacy requirement, but they also need to consider letting women join the priesthood too. It may not solve the problem entirely, but it would most certainly help. Once you've got more priests who are parents themselves, you'll see a whole lot less of this turning a blind eye to what one's colleagues are doing / moving offending priests from parish to parish where they can re-offend again. But of course, they're never going to open up the priesthood to women and married people. And why is that? The institution is headed by old farts who are unwilling to change. Cardinal Bertone's remarks are proof that that's exactly the case.

Oh...and never mind that priests used to be allowed to marry until, I forget...when was it? The 1000s? The reason why they stipulated that they had to remain celibate? Money, land, and more importantly power. They didn't want the children of priests inheriting their father's assets, thereby removing them from Church hands.

So yeah...blame it on the gays. That's right. What ever happened to a little saying called, "Love thy neighbor?" I guess that doesn't apply if you so happen to be gay. The bigotry of some people who claim to call themselves Christian astounds me.

Sack them. Sack them all.

(wanders off to go break things)
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* Now I want an iPad! I can use it as an overpriced cat toy! (Via [livejournal.com profile] rm)

* I did a little more weeding today. I saw not one, but three...count them...three garter snakes in the flower beds next to my garage. Each of them ducked into a little crevice between the garage and the dirt when I passed by. When I finished weeding that bed, I saw one of them poke raise his head up. It was almost as if he was asking, "is she gone yet?" So cute! I'm have tempted to do a little "catchi and release" so I can get some pictures.

* And the wasp nest is back! Now, they're tooling around the garage. It's hard to pinpoint where they're nesting, but they seem to like both the gutters at the front of the garage and a little spot under the eaves of the garage. I think that, after anime night tonight, I'm going to go out there and spray with some wasp and hornet killer. [That's going to have to wait until later because of an ill-timed migraine].

* The arborist came by this afternoon and looked at my pine trees. They're infected with Zimmerman's pine moth, and the holes in the bark are caused by woodpeckers trying to get at the larva. [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I were afraid that the trees would have to be cut down, but the arborist said that both were salvageable. Yay! She said that they will have to sprayed twice a year for the next year or two. Then, after that, they can be sprayed once a year. It wasn't too expensive so, after talking to [livejournal.com profile] doomsey, I told her to go ahead and do it.

* Missing anime tonight because of another migraine triggered by my crappy neck muscles. I think I need to start doing my neck exercises again. Oh...and sitting out in the bright sun this afternoon and not getting enough sleep last night didn't help the headache either. Now, the pain's mostly gone, but my neck is still sore so I'm sitting with a neck pillow.

* This cuteoverload picture made me laugh. That is one pissed off cat!


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