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An Appropriate Sunday Quote

“This man is not above or outside the law. The institutionalised concealment of child rape is a crime under any law and demands not private ceremonies of repentance or church-funded payoffs, but justice and punishment.”

– Christopher Hitchens on Pope Benedict

Here’s a blast from the Times of London…I wasn’t expecting this one:

Bravo to Dawkins and Hitchins… it’s time Religion took it on the chin for all the evil it produces!

clipped from www.timesonline.co.uk

Richard Dawkins: I will arrest Pope Benedict XV
RICHARD DAWKINS, the atheist campaigner, is planning a legal ambush to have the Pope arrested during his state visit to Britain “for crimes against humanity”.

Atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins
Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author, have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Pope Benedict XVI over his alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic church.
The pair believe they can exploit the same legal principle used to arrest Augusto Pinochet, the late Chilean dictator, when he visited Britain in 1998.
The Pope was embroiled in new controversy this weekend over a letter he signed arguing that the “good of the universal church” should be considered against the defrocking of an American priest who committed sex offences against two boys. It was dated 1985, when he was in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which deals with sex abuse cases.
Benedict will be in Britain between September 16 and 19.
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“Dawkins and Hitchens believe the Pope would be unable to claim diplomatic immunity from arrest because, although his tour is categorised as a state visit, he is not the head of a state recognised by the United Nations. ”

Old Men At The Top…

…are destroying the Catholic Church. That’s the consensus on the news shows this morning and from my point of view…and I admit to being an atheist and not remotely a Catholic…this is the most outrageously VISIBLE leadership crisis of a major organization that I have ever seen.

Here we have the people in power, right up to the man at the top, the Pope, not only accepting the perverse sexual humiliation and abuse of young boys but handing out rewards to protect the biggest offenders. The anger which is being expressed by ordinary Catholics as a result of the clear cover-up of the situation by those responsible is leading to calls for the Pope to step down, something I don’t recall EVER happening in the past.

Bob Schieffer on Face The Nation summed the situation up pretty well yesterday… this is much more than a PR issue:

As to what happens next, no one is sure. For me, I look at this as one of the major problems with religion in general… there is no real ethical basis towhat people have long expected to be the source of all ethics. We’ll be watching closely.

Cartoon(s) of the Week – 2 Views of Today’s World

John Sherffius in the Boulder Camera:

Boys, boys! Calm down!

– and –

Ben Sargent in the Austin American-Statesman:

Or, as McLuhan said, The Medium is the Message.