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(en) Italy, Playground of the Vatican [it]

Date Tue, 17 Jan 2006 22:02:28 +0200

Wide-scale interference in public affairs in Italy by popes, bishops, cardinals
and various catholic ministers is reaching truly embarassing levels. Just a few
months ago we were being told how the clash of cultures was being won by the
superiority of western civilization which, on the contrary to islamic states,
was able to make a clear distinction between civil affairs and religious
affairs. Now, however, not a day goes by without having to listen to some lofty
pronouncement from the Vatican on a whole range of issues.
Those who had hoped for a media-unfriendly pope, penalized by the charismatic
nature of his predecessor, were not entirely wrong: this pope is, and remains,
particularly unpleasant.

But to make up for this, he does seem to be going for quantity if not for
quality, and he is being ably abetted by the state television network which is
only to happy to serve him up to us every single day, in one form or another.

But just wh is the Shepherd-in-Chief so worried about his Italic flock, so much
so that he and his clergy are "forced" to intervene at every step?

Having abandoned the slippery slopes of ecumenism, now outmoded in these times
of mounting revanchism of identity, and with expansionist plans for Africa
(once the promised land as far as the growth of the church was concerned, but
which is losing out steadily in the contest between fundamentalist catholicism
and fundamentalist islam) in deep crisis, growing difficulties in South America
(where catholicism is losing ground to the evangelical churches and where
catholic control over society is fast becoming a distant memory), and the
countless sex scandals involving the clergy all over the world (leading to
hefty financial awards for damages), the catholic hierarchy no longer knows
which saint to turn to for protection!

Thus we are seeing what is apparently a geographic retreat from the
universality of the message of catholicism: going back to the Old World, or to
be more precise, back to Italy - a country which has long past the stage of
being dictated to by the clerics, but which is still superstitious enough not
to openly challenge them. And in Italy, they can still count on a right-wing
political class that is still loutish enough to ride the clerical-fascist
bandwagon and on a left-wing political class that is too preoccupied with
trying to seem left-wing to declare itself as openly secular. All this
garnished with an intellectual class that always seems to be on the verge of
converting, orphaned by marxism and all too willing to cling to the nearest
(priest's) skirt they come across. And all of them more than willing to bung
the Vatican a few financial benefits (like exemption from property tax or jobs
in state schools for religion teachers) in return for the chance to be seen by
one and all taking communion in church with their second wives. In other words,
this "pitch invasion" on the part of the church, this interference with the
right to choose, with sexual freedom, with self-determination, with secularism,
is the beginning of a return to our catholic roots, in all their hypocritical
and holier-than-thou glory.

Against this we can be more than justified in promoting a healthy dose of scorn
and contempt, not to mention liberal sprinklings of irony.

You'll die laughing? Well, maybe. If we can stay awake during the sermons...

Council of Delegates

Cremona, 15th January 2006


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