Saturday, July 17, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Opens Door to Pope Benedict's Day in Court

     While I was on the road, I missed this fantastic news.

     Raw Story wia Agence-France Presse reports:
    The US Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal by the Vatican in a landmark case that opens the way for priests in the United States to stand trial for pedophilia.
    Allowing a federal appeals court ruling to stand, the decision means Vatican officials including theoretically Pope Benedict XVI could face questioning under oath related to a litany of child sex abuse cases.
      It's long past time that these clerics, who abused/raped children and/or covered up and enabled this abuse, have their day in civil court.

Catholic Church Puts Ordaining Women in the Same Category of Crime as Child Sexual Abuse by Clerics

     Ordain a Catholic woman and go to hell.  Rape a child and go to confession.
     Here's a quick and sick update in Vatican politics and Canon Law.

     The Vatican today made the "attempted ordination" of women one of the gravest crimes under church law, putting it in the same category as clerical sex abuse of minors, heresy and schism.
     The new rules, which have been sent to bishops around the world, apply equally to Catholic women who agree to a ceremony of ordination and to the bishop who conducts it. Both would be excommunicated. Since the Vatican does not accept that women can become priests, it does not recognise the outcome of any such ceremony.
     The latest move, which appeared to bar and bolt the door to Catholic women priests, came at a time when the Church of England moved in the opposite direction, to a step closer to the ordination of female bishops.
     The Guardian's claim that this move by the Vatican puts ordaining women in the same category as a cleric raping children is not exactly correct.  While both may be categorized as "grave crimes," from what I understand, a priest can still rape children, sexually assault parishioners and a bishop can cover it all up, and neither of them will be automatically excommunicated.  But if a woman attempts ordination, anathema sit.

     Someone who is excommunicated is said to have removed themselves from communion with the Catholic Church.  They are no longer allowed to receive the sacraments and their god's grace, which means they are going to hell.  

     So, if you are a woman and get ordained a Catholic priest, you will go to hell.  If you are Catholic priest and rape a little girl, you will go to confession and be welcomed back into the fold and on your way to paradise.