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(en) Ireland, Organise* - WCR - Sympathy for the Devil - The Death of a Pope

Date Tue, 19 Jul 2005 21:37:23 +0300

Its hard for even the staunchest atheist among us not
to admit to feeling some sympathy for the public spectacle
that was Karol Wojtila’s drawn out death. His death was
indeed an “unspeakable cruelty of an agony indecently
exhibited on the world by the ecclesiastical hierarchy”.
Despite this we cannot remain silent in the face of a
manipulated and dishonest celebration of the life of
the deceased Pope who went by the name of John Paul II.
Newspaper reporters, television media commentators,
heads of state, southern and northern politicians,
loyalist and nationalist, acknowledged the death of a
‘man of peace’, of a ‘great spiritual leader’. Even
Paisley, the man who attacked the Pope as the
anti-christ acknowledged the loss of the Catholic
communities spiritual leader; “We can understand how
Roman Catholics feel at the death of the Pope and we
would want in no way to interfere with their
expression of sorrow and grief at this time”.

For us at WCR, as for those who have suffered as a
result of the Catholic hierarchy and Pope John Paul’s
edicts from God, there is little to celebrate in the
life of a man who headed up one of the most powerful
and despotic of organised world religions.

For 27 years Karol Wojtila has made a name for his
reactionary choices. He has been responsible for the
spread of AIDS and the deaths of millions across
Africa - the use of condoms could have saved millions
of people, children, women and men from the ravages of
illness and death.

In Ireland and across the globe he bears
responsibility for the still largely untold suffering
and abuse suffered by children at the hands of
paedophile priests. A suffering silenced and deepened
as the Catholic church conspired to shield and protect
abusers, paying untold millions on hiding paedophiles
and attempts to silence the abused.

Karol Wojtila gave succour to dictatorships, including
the torturer and Chilean Assassin Augusto Pinochet,
who tortured, disappeared and killed thousands of
political opponents. And from the Pope; “Not a word
for the victims but only the benediction for the
executioner and his family”.

While many sing his praises for his pacifism in
Ireland and Iraq, they forget his justification for
war across the former Yugoslavia. This Pope made a
saint of Stepinac, the cardinal who with the Croatian
fascists that lined up with Hitler, said they were
"sent by God" and blessed the innumerable atrocities
perpetrated by the Croatian Ustase regime with the
complicity of the occupying Italian troops.

Karol Wojtila has protected and supported the cardinal
Pio Laghi, already a papal apostolic in Argentina at
the time of the dictatorship that massacred 30,000
people. Laghi blessed and shielded the torturers and
the assassins.

Karol Wojtila was the head of what is in reality a
wealthy multinational company with franchises across
the planet bringing in a huge income while the
majority of the population survives on less then two
dollars a day.

Karol Wojtila, the "champion of life" held an
ambiguous attitude towards capital punishment, was
standard-bearer for a culture of oppression. He
opposed women’s right to chose, attacked feminism and
contributed to homophobia. He headed an organisation
that continued, under his rule, to transform “desire
and love into guilt, that defends those who haven't
been born and persecutes those that live”.

Karol Wojtila sanctified the Spanish priests that
lined up in arms with the catholic-fascist troops of

The death of a despot should not be mourned. But
neither can we celebrate the painful and humiliating
death of an old man. We will save our celebrations
until there are no more Popes, and the power of all
organised religions are broken by a truly free


From the oages of Working Class Resistance, magazine
of Organise!, now available in text and PDF formats


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* [Ed. Note: Organise! is an anarchist group]

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