Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Yikes, Catholic Church. Yikes.

[Trigger warning for child sexual abuse; racism.]

It's not been a good few days for the Catholic Church.

Shaker InfamousQBert (who hat-tips Atheist at Large) emails the story of a child protection official, hired by the Catholic Church "to monitor church groups to ensure paedophiles did not gain access to children in the church's congregations," who has been caught with 4,000 images of child pornography on his home and work computers.

Despite having a vast child porn collection on his work computer, Christopher Jarvis, a former social worker, was only fired after the police began an investigation into his creation and distribution of the pornographic images, as the Church claims to have been unaware of his activities.

Meanwhile, Shaker Brunocerous forwards the story of a Catholic high school principal in the Bronx, whose student population is primarily Latin@ and Black, who has "published material with American Renaissance, a white supremacy group." Frank Borzellieri, who is now under investigation by the Archdiocese of New York, wrote, among other equally repellent ideas: "Even the most cursory glance at life in America reveals that diversity is a weakness, a hindrance and a terrible burden."

A diocese spokesperson has noted, in response to inquiries about Borzellieri's "interesting" views on race, "Any form of discrimination or bigotry is inconsistent with Catholic teaching."

Whooooooooooooooooooops! That's the same Catholic Church that hates gays and won't ordain women, right?

LOL FOREVER.

[Commenting Guidelines: Please take the time to make sure any criticisms are clearly directed at the Catholic Church leadership and not at "Catholics," many of whom are themselves critical of the failures of Church leadership.]