"Eternal Suffering Awaits Anyone Who Questions God's Infinite Love": Bill Hicks
"Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?" These were the words of Pope Benny recently on his trip to Germany's former concentration/death camps. Nothing like incredulity at a non-existent entity for failing to "speak up" during the murder of over a million people. Funny how the Catholic church remained quite silent, even though they had mouths and, supposedly, the moral high ground.
That was the time of Pope Pius XII, a douchebag of the grandest order. He "saved" 3000 Jews from the camps by issuing visas to go to Brazil; the thing is, he revoked a third of them because the recipients were still practicing "improper conduct", i.e. Judaism (a condition of getting the visas was that the Jews convert to Catholicism). He was completely fine with the Nazis (even signing the Reichskonkordat which recognized the Nazis as a legitimate government) when it suited him and only when it was apparent that the Allied forces were going to win WWII did he find it "politically advantageous" to speak out in support of Jews.
The hypocrisy is so thick it makes a shoe-box full of Play-Doh look like a gossamer sail blowing gently in the wind. Let's not forget that Benny was a member of the Hitler Youth - but he was, of course, forced to join. No way at all to not join, that would have been suicide. Better to remain silent, like your Lord.
Silence seems to be a virtue. Priest molests a kid, stay silent and move him to another area. Nazis burn and murder more than a million men, women, and children, and the church stays silent. Thousands die every month in Africa because of the church's lame, backward, archaic thinking regarding condom use, but the church stays silent and continues on with its ridiculous message of abstinence.
But make the fucking DaVinci Code, get some people asking questions and there's an uproar from the Vatican. Christian groups everywhere come out from under their rocks to "defend their faith". It really does blow your mind. Usually I like to end with a joke or a pithy little "blow me" or something, but the Catholic church is just so outdated and pointless and stupid that it isn't worth the time it would take to come up with an original way to tell someone to suck on my genitals (and too many priests for my comfort would enjoy it anyway). I'm done.
*another well deserved hat-tip to Melissa for forwarding the article to me.