Thursday, March 11, 2010
Can we all agree the Roman Catholic Church is forever stuck in the dark ages and is well past the point of all hope?
Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s chief exorcist for 25 years (who knew they had such a person?) says the demonic possession is responsible for the church’s decades-old sex abuse scandals involving priests and underage children — primarily boys.
“When one speaks of ‘the smoke of Satan’ [a phrase coined by Pope Paul VI in 1972] in the holy rooms, it is all true, including these latest stories of violence and paedophilia.”
Amorth told the Italian language newspaper La Repubblica that the devil is:
“Pure spirit, invisible. But he manifests himself with blasphemies and afflictions in the person he possesses. He can remain hidden, or speak in different languages, transform himself or appear to be agreeable. At times he makes fun of me.”
Wrong again, Father Gabriele Amorth. The problem of pedophile priests has absolutely nothing to do with “the devil,” or “Satan,” or “El Diablo.” The problem of pedophile priests begins with an ecclesiastical power structure which harbors pedophiles, conceals other sexual behavior patterns among its clerics and uses the strategies of duplicity and counterattacks against the victims.
As long as the Roman Catholic Church refuses to acknowledge human sexuality as a healthy expression of love between two adults, and refuses to allow priests to marry or engage in healthy, adult sexual relationships with a spouse or a partner, I think, and I believe, pedophilia with be part of the culture of the priesthood.