Posts tagged "pontifigate"

Pontifigate: Flanders Ignites!

Mary Valle: It was a holy card from the bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, to the niece of his nephew with a message inside "on the importance of a healthy childhood" that so enraged his abuse-victim nephew; a close friend of his threatened to "email messages to all of Belgium's bishops" spilling the beans. Vangheluwe, who...

They Had Stuff to Do, Give Them a Break!

Mary Valle: A huge New York Times piece on the Ratzinger-led Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith's role in the "sexual abuse scandal" (or, as I like to call it, Pontifigate) by Laurie Goodstein and David M. Halbfinger draws the trail of crumbs ever closer to the Vatican. Indeed, they say "it was Cardinal Ratzinger who might have taken...

Pontifigate: The Flaccid Sword of Priestly Justice

Mary Valle: Rapist priests! Good news! You can rape, abuse and lie all you want in the great lag time when your case is sent for review, investigation, further inquiry, empanelation and cooling on a desk in Rome somewhere. You may even be shuttled from parish to parish, which is convenient if you are...

Insidious and Dangerous

Mary Valle: There's a battle of miter-wearers today in the HuffPost. In one corner, we have Mary Glasspool, the first openly lesbian bishop ordained in the Episcopal Church of America. In the other, Pope Benedict, calling gay marriage "insidious and dangerous." The American Episcopal church (most of it) is stepping up...

Pope Suffers On Tour

Mary Valle: Pope Benedict recently touched down at the shrine at Fatima, where the Virgin Mary appeared to children and advised them about hell, Russia and a white-clad figure who would appear in a field of martyrs. Pilgrims still flock to the shine to pray to Mary for help with their ailments. The Pope...

The Field of Martyrs

Mary Valle: Wow! Rachel Donadio reports in the New York Times that Pope Benedict has proclaimed that "sins inside the church" are the greatest problem in his organization; and that "forgiveness does not substitute justice." These are Benedict's strongest words on Pontifigate: encouraging! However, he was somewhat vague on the cleanup (which is...

It’s In the Dictionary

The Revealer and Killing the Buddha contributor Mary Valle has been keeping us abreast of the developments in the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal. In doing so, she's coined the term "Pontifigate"; it has now been picked up by UrbanDictionary.com.

The Longevity Loophole

We've seen how, in general, great crimes can go unpunlshed (a la George Monbiot) far more easily than the little ones. Here's a new wrinkle in the annals of deviltry, so to speak. Apparently, you can rape your little, uh, heart out as a priest, as long as you make it to your golden...

Pontifigate: Hazardous to My Health

Mary Valle: Oh! My stomach can't take any more! Thank you, Pontifigate. You have literally made me sick. Watergate gave its followers such a savory feeling of justice being served; there were bad guys, breaking laws, covering it up, bungling along the way: then it all ended so satisfactorily. If a scandal could have...