Next Monday on Channel 4 at 8 pm. Panorama is also on BBC1 at 8:30 pm investigating the Pope’s handling of some notorious abuse cases. What else is new.
This about sums it all up!
Ratzinger is the Perfect Pope
By RICHARD DAWKINS – THE WASHINGTON POST
Added: Sunday, 28 March 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe?” Yes he should, and it’s going to escalate a lot further, as more and more victims break through the guilt of their childhood indoctrination and come forward.
“Should he be investigated for how cases of abuse were handled under his watch as archbishop of Munich or as the Vatican’s chief doctrinal enforcer?” Yes, of course he should. This former head of the Inquisition should be arrested the moment he dares to set foot outside his tinpot fiefdom of the Vatican, and he should be tried in an appropriate civil – not ecclesiastical – court. That’s what should happen. Sadly, we all know our faith-befuddled governments will be too craven to do it.
“Should the pope resign?” No. As the College of Cardinals must have recognized when they elected him, he is perfectly – ideally – qualified to lead the Roman Catholic Church. A leering old villain in a frock, who spent decades conspiring behind closed doors for the position he now holds; a man who believes he is infallible and acts the part; a man whose preaching of scientific falsehood is responsible for the deaths of countless AIDS victims in Africa; a man whose first instinct when his priests are caught with their pants down is to cover up the scandal and damn the young victims to silence: in short, exactly the right man for the job. He should not resign, moreover, because he is perfectly positioned to accelerate the downfall of the evil, corrupt organization whose character he fits like a glove, and of which he is the absolute and historically appropriate monarch.
No, Pope Ratzinger should not resign. He should remain in charge of the whole rotten edifice – the whole profiteering, woman-fearing, guilt-gorging, truth-hating, child-raping institution – while it tumbles, amid a stench of incense and a rain of tourist-kitsch sacred hearts and preposterously crowned virgins, about his ears.” Nuff said!
Peter Tatchell is a magnificent champion for gay rights. Anyone who thinks otherwise must have their head in the sand or some huge chip on their shoulder.
Richard dawkins is an incredibly eloquent man. And as for the tactchell hate, why? I haven’t seen the program yet, but anything aired on mainstream television that helps to dispell the view of the pope as the patron saint of all godlyness is a good thing in my opinion. That whole cliche is neither historically accurate or currently relevant and the sooner people wake up and smell the coffee (even if its decaff, although we know from recent news that the church despises decaff) the better.
Ha – I’d certainly rather watch PT’s programme that read some knob boasting about his onanistic skills here!
Will be doing something far more interesting like washing me hair or something. I’d rather that than watch any drivel by the embarrassment that is Tatchell would come out with!
ignacioD you are a mongolomoron with a massive inferiority complex and your words are the words of a teen-age-retard who tries very hard to sound like an adult (but obviously you fail the very moment you write the first letter on your pc). Grow up and get a life, your envy is too sad for the rest of us. Adios ignacio…
Tatchell is excellent and this is a good idea, the attacks should be targetted towards the pope and not Tatchell
I too cannot understand why anybody from LGBT ‘community’ would slag off Peter Tatchell.
To those who do may I suggest that you do some in-depth research on the man and then you may realise just how brave a man he really is.
If ever there was a fantastic role model he is it.
I hope the prog deals also with the moral failure of the church in othe areas. They are not just the sex police (though the newspapers would like to think so). They are supposed to be promoting faith, hope, charity, not pride anger etc.
Most of what P. Tatchell has done for the LGBT community has been an embarrassment. Only a small proportion has been ok. Him and Outrage DO NOT speak for a lot of LGBT people, they’ve cause more homophobia than helping us. Lets not forget this is a man who doesn’t believe we are born the way we are! He gets far too much coverage. I may have been interested in this program if it had been done by any other person from our community but I will not watch it on principal coz I just can’t stand the Tatchell creep!
To D Stokes: Peter Tatchell has never claimed to speak on your behalf – he campaigns on issues of social injustice and discrimination but on no occasion has he said ‘And D Stokes agrees with me.’ If you’re so offended by him, why not set up your own campaign group?
To add to Charlie’s last comment… Or find the gay groups that do speak out to you and support them..
Not a Peter Tatchell fan either along with Many others. I think the older generation like him for some reason. Younger people like myself are just embarrassed by him.
Depends what you mean by the older generation? Some of use were outraged by Outrage outing people who perhaps should have been given more respect at the time BUT PT has been very brave on a number of occassions, putting his own safety at risk to protest against injustice. We need people like Peter as much as we need more low key LGBT activists and please, if you are younger, be grateful for what some of us tried to do in the 1980′s to get LGBT rights we have today (don’t be embarrassed, you don’t have to be a “fan”!)
But most of you only whinge about the 1980′s and how things got worse uder the Tories blah, blah, blah.It was Europe that force this country to change and yes, thankfully, in the end things did change, not without a fight mind like with the armed forces issue.
None of that was due to P. Tatchell but more likely Stonewall and other more worthy groups. P. Tatchell is only in this for self promotion. For many he will always be an embarrassment and many will never accept he does anything for gay people. How come his native country flags well behind?
No, no he is and always will be like marmite just more embarrassingly so.
Activists from any sub-culture have to stand apart in order to bring about change – There are many LGBT issues that have been changed for all our good by men like Tatchell – What creates homophobia is the re-enforcement of a stereo-type – If you ‘whinging queens’ want to point a finger – point it at the people who perpetuate these hateful myths! Not one of very few who is prepared to stand up and say NO More….