Sunday, September 21, 2008

Middle Age Church in 2008 Italy

The husband comes back from work, tired and hungry. He approaches his bedroom and instead of getting changed for dinner, he finds his wife in bed with "the other." Now, fate wanted that this "other" was a priest. So far so creepy.

What does "the husband" do? He stalks out the door and runs to the local church to disturb the high-ranking celestial spheres. If in the hope, at least, of a good telling-off for the naughty parish, our friend is soon disappointed.
Not only has he to face his wife's betrayal, but also a sullen bishop macking a mockery of him with a cheap lesson aptly chosen from his holy books: "Don't judge if you don't want to be judged."

This is not a sit-com, the unfortunate event happened in Chioggia, near Venice. If someone could be led to think of the bishop's reaction as an openness to modernity from the clerical world, the end of the lesson reassures them that, from the Middle Age to the present time, nothing has changed in the Catholic Church standpoints. Chioggia's bishop, in the diocesan magazine, warns the faithful: "Let's not forget that although in a community many support the priest, there are also people who, directly or indirectly, induce him into temptation."

We got it, it's the woman's fault. Of course it is. Is it not "the woman" a evil's object, after all? Our do-gooder has tried his best to resist, but sometimes it's just to hard. If I wasn't from Italy, I would have found this fact hard to believe, but since I know how arrogant clerical representatives can be, the only thing I can say is that, after all, priests are men and, as everybody else, sinners.

If Vatican City was ruled by more humble and coherent people, heinous criminals such as the paedophile priests, would be promptly stopped, instead of allowing them to keep ruining children's happiness.

But this is just a common place. How can people demand such a civic attitude from people I can define "mentally disturbed" at best? How can we expect some miserable bishop taking the responsibility for some miserable priest's ridiculous mistake, if the so-called "God's banker" Paul Marcinkus is accused to be involved the kidnapping and murder of fifteen-year-old Emanuela Orlandi, in 1983.

The same Marcinkus is also involved in what is considered "the strange death" of Pope John Paul I, Albino Luciani for the secular state, who lasted in power only a couple of months, too short to impose a radical change within the Catholic Church, but long enough to make people hope in such a transformation.
Too bad, money-suckers preferred the old way and apparently John Paul II met all requirements.
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