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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Religious nutjob of the Week.

A fella by the name of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone who, according to El Tel think gay is the same as kiddy fiddler.
"Many psychologists, many psychiatrists have demonstrated there exists no relationship between celibacy and paedophilia," Bertone told a Santiago news conference during a visit to Chile.
Okay, I'm prepared to go along with that. In fact if by paedophilia he's specifically referring to pederasty it's hard to see any logical conclusion other than that since, according to my dictionary:
cel·i·bate |ˈseləbət|
abstaining from marriage and sexual relations, typically for religious reasons : a celibate priest.
• having or involving no sexual relations : I'd rather stay single and celibate.
a person who abstains from marriage and sexual relations.
cel·i·bacy |-bəsē| noun
ORIGIN early 19th cent.: from celibacy, on the pattern of pairs such as magistracy, magistrate.

ped·er·as·ty |ˈpedəˌrastē|
sexual activity involving a man and a boy.
ped·er·as·tic |ˌpedəˈrastik| adjective
ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from modern Latin paederastia, from Greek paiderastia, from pais, paid- ‘boy’ + erastēs ‘lover.’
In other words celibacy and pederasty are mutually exclusive - priests, or anyone else for that matter, who fiddle with boys cannot claim to be celibate. Therefore no relationship with celibacy except in the negative sense.
"But many others have demonstrated, and have told me recently, that there is a link between homosexuality and paedophilia. This is true, this is the problem."
So a man who likes rooting young girls is what, Cardinal Fuckhead? Or a woman who likes boys? Come on, tell us. Because they'd certainly be paedophiles - along with a number of other things such as filthy, perverted bastard and suchlike - but I can't see any sensible way in which they could also be described as homosexual.

Look, paedophilia is an age thing, homosexuality is a gender thing. The two can certainly overlap, which is pretty much what the definition of pederasty is above, but a link? The bottom line, if you'll excuse the term, is that some pederasts join the priesthood because of the access it grants them to boys, and that embarrasses the shit out of you and much of the rest of the Church. But this no more makes a link between priests and pederasts than it does between gays and nonces. Why not try arguing that point instead?
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