Friday, May 7, 2010

Brazilian Archbishop Dadeus Grings Blames Sexual Abuse Scandal in Catholic Church on Society and Homosexuals

     Oh Brazil, largest Catholic nation in the world, home to priest-pedophile sex tapes, we thank you for  blessing us with yet another Catholic leader, Archbishop Dadeus Grings, who preaches ignorance in the face of sexual abuse, and in the process, exposes the attitudes that caused and continue to fuel the scandal in holy dysfunctional mother church.

     Some will say that Grings is just some lunatic local bishop, but he's the Archbishop of Porto Alegre, one of the largest dioceses in Brazil.   Also, he's just following the lead of the Vatican's #2, Cardinal Bertone, who blamed the gays a few weeks ago in Chile.

     The AP reports (my comments are interspersed):
     Archbishop Dadeus Grings — a conservative priest who has made controversial statements in the past — told the O Globo newspaper at a Brazilian bishops conference that society's woes are being reflected in the sex abuse scandal enveloping the Roman Catholic Church.
"Society today is pedophile, that is the problem. So, people easily fall into it. And the fact it is denounced is a good sign," Grings told O Globo.
     Society "is pedophile."  Does that mean that everyone is a pedophile?  I'm confused.  I thought only a very small percentage of people were pedophiles.  Using your logic, Archbishop, we could also say that society is religious violence, because a minority of the world's believers kill in the names of their gods.  We could even say venture to say that the Catholic Church is religious violence.
     Grings denounced the abuse within the church, but he said internal punishment of priests guilty of abuse was sufficient and that police should not be involved.  "For the church to go and accuse its own sons would be a little strange," he said.
     Finally, an admission of guilt from an archbishop that keeping cases of sexual abuse from the civil authorities is the way the Catholic Church operates!  

     Let me get this right then, Archbishop: if the church handing its pedophile-priests over to the civil authorities would be "a little strange," what does that say about the church continuing to enable priests to mouth-rape thirteen-year-old boys or to rape and impregnate little girls?
     The archbishop also said it was important to help children avoid homosexuality.  "We know that the adolescent is spontaneously homosexual. Boys play with boys, girls play with girls," he said. "If there is no proper guidance, this sticks. The question is — how are we going to educate our children to use a sexuality that is human and suitable?"
    Really?  I'd like to ask all the heterosexual readers out there if they played with kids of the same sex, before they were properly guided until their heterosexuality stuck.  

     And what does this say of all the gay priests in the church, who received the best Christian formation the church had to offer?  Were they not "properly guided" within this holy system?  

     Maybe Grings is trying to tell us all that he played with boys in the past.  The question is what age was the archbishop when "proper guidance" made him realize that sexually messing with boys was not proper?

     Grings also said the acceptance of homosexuality in society could pave the way for the acceptance of pedophilia.  "When sexuality is trivialized, it's clear that this is going to affect all cases. Homosexuality is such a case. Before, the homosexual wasn't spoken of.  He was discriminated against.  When we begin to say they have rights, rights to demonstrate publicly, pretty soon, we'll find the rights of pedophiles," he said.
     Again the outdated and scientifically disproved myth that homosexuality leads to/equals pedophilia.  These bishops really need to embrace the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution if they want to be credible in this dialog.  

     Grings has balls, in that he openly admits that the Church discriminates against homosexuals and  so should the state.  And, he's proud of it, unlike his spineless American counterparts, who keep whining, "We're not bigots, we're religious."
     In 2003, he argued that only 1 million Jews died in the Holocaust, though a few years later he recanted. Experts say 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust.  Last year, he outraged Jewish groups in Brazil by telling a magazine that "more Catholics than Jews died in the Holocaust, but this isn't known because the Jews control the world's media."
     No wonder Pope Benedict likes this guy so much.

     Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Archbishop Grings: ignorant, homophobic, antisemitic, priest-perpetrator-protecting Catholic, who has been ordained to preserve the succession of Jesus' apostles.  Wouldn't that Jewish Jesus and his Jewish apostles be so proud?  

George Rekers' "Escort" Tells All: Anti-Gay Rekers Pays Men for Sexual Attention

     Rev. George Alan Rekers, outspoken advocate of god's will and "therapy" that turns gays into straights, is a liar and a hypocrite.  He's also terminally gay.  The luggage carrier Rekers hired from, "Lucien," is speaking out.  He was not hired to haul bags.

     Apparently the ex-gay ministries of Rekers' NARTH and the Family Research Council involve more than just praying away the gay, but spraying away the gay.  

     Lucien's account exposes the inner workings of Rekers' ex-gay massage ministry, (which is similar in the Catholic Church, but instead of an internet escort, insert a seminarian or altar boy.)

     The Miami News Times reports:
     The male escort hired by anti-gay activist George Alan Rekers has told Miami New Times the Baptist minister is a homosexual who paid him to provide body rubs once a day in the nude, during their ten-day vacation in Europe.
     Rekers allegedly named his favorite maneuver the "long stroke" -- a complicated caress "across his penis, thigh... and his anus over the butt cheeks," as the escort puts it. "Rekers liked to be rubbed down there," he says.

     In his first interview since New Times broke the story Tuesday, the 20-year-old escort, who prefers to go by the name Lucien, contradicts Rekers's contentions that he hired the escort to help carry his luggage and that he was trying to save the soul of a lost sinner.
     Although Rekers does have physical ailments that make it difficult for him to haul suitcases, Lucien wasn't hired to carry luggage on their European vacation, the escort says.
     "It's a situation where he's going against homosexuality when he is a homosexual," Lucien says. 
     In the past 24 hours, Rekers, a board member at the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and cofounder of the Family Research Council, has claimed he took Lucien to Europe to inspire him to accept Jesus into his heart and renounce his homosexuality.
     Lucien now offers Rekers a counterproposal: "In all honesty, he should disassociate himself from these [anti-gay] groups." 

     Baptist Pastor George Allan Rekers is the Hypocrite of the Week.

     Here's Stephen Colbert's take.  He names Rekers the "Alpha Dog of the Week."  
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