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I’m Guessing that Many of His Best Friends are Jewish…


Worst invocation of anti-semitism ever:

Father Cantalamessa quoted from what he said was a letter from an unnamed Jewish friend. “I am following the violent and concentric attacks against the church, the pope and all the faithful by the whole word,” he said the friend wrote. “The use of stereotypes, the passing from personal responsibility and guilt to a collective guilt, remind me of the more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism.”

Blood libel against the Jews and accusations of pedophilia against Catholic priests? Pretty much exactly the same, without any notable difference that I can think of.

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  • fadedout

    First they came for the pedophiles…

  • Hogan

    It was not only that Slingsby was permitted to penetrate into the housekeeper’s room and tell his story to his social superiors there, though that was an absolutely unprecedented occurrence; what was really extraordinary was that mere menials discussed the affair with the personal ladies and gentlemen of the castle guests, and were allowed to do so uncrushed. James, the footman–that pushing individual–actually shoved his way into the room, and was heard by witnesses to remark to no less a person than Mr. Beach that it was a bit thick.

    And it is on record that his fellow footman, Alfred, meeting the groom of the chambers in the passage outside, positively prodded him in the lower ribs, winked, and said: “What a day we’re having!” One has to go back to the worst excesses of the French Revolution to parallel these outrages. It was held by Mr. Beach and Mrs. Twemlow afterward that the social fabric of the castle never fully recovered from this upheaval.

    –P. G. Wodehouse, Something New

  • fledermaus

    is unnamed Jewish friend the Vatican version of Friedman’s proverbial taxi driver?

  • Tom M

    Among the many reasons the Catholic Church sickens me, the one that has Bill Donahue as the head of The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is right near the top. On Larry King Live (transcript, I just can’t watch someone who is actuarially dead) ol Bill dropped this bomb:

    DONOHUE: It’s not pedophelia. Most of the victims are post- pubescent. You have to get your facts straight. I’m sorry. If I’m the only one who is dealing with facts tonight, that’s it. The vast majority of the victims are post-pubescent. That’s not pedophelia, buddy. That’s homosexuality.

    So, you see Mr. Dr.Smarty-pants Farley, it’s not paedophilia, it’s merely a series of homosexual acts. Apparently, in the Donahue logic, once you make your first communion and can drink the wine blood, you are at the age of consent. Therefore, the priest is engaging in homosexual acts rather than, you know, having sex with children. And, as can be seen in the transcript, Donahue is the only one dealing with the facts.

    The loon, earlier in the show, said that the NYT had libelled the pontiff despite the letters to the Vatican Office which he headed.

    I truly wonder how letting this fanatic speak (in loco nothing, I just think he’s loco)for any Catholics can make this situation better. I can only surmise that one’s visceral antipathy for such a human wreck would distract one from the true source of the odious behavior.

  • Oh, you can find actual Jews to say crap like that. Bonus feature: it’s all somehow the fault of “The Obamalyptic mood in the White House”.

  • jeer9

    I know this idea may sound far-fetched, but I do believe Father Cantalessa is really Chuck Lane. That’s the only explanation.

  • bobbo

    Ironic that probably the single greatest institutional purveyor of ant-Semitism in the history of the world is complaining that it is on the receiving end of something akin to anti-Semitism.

  • hv

    “the passing from personal responsibility and guilt to a collective guilt”

    We call that the RICO line.

  • I totally believe this guy. Who knows more about anti-Semitism than the Catholic Church?

    • redrob

      The Orthodox Church, which still preaches it as a matter of doctrine.

  • jon

    So being upset about homosexual rape and molestation of minors is a violent attack. But committing mosexual rape and molestation of minors is only a regrettable personal failing that requires sympathy, understanding, suppression and the impossibility of it leading to criminal charges.

    I wouldn’t be so upset if it didn’t look so much like the Catholic church was behaving like a gang to protect the institution and its priests, and with utter disregard for its parishoners and the law.

    But, after all, Jesus did say to suffer the little children…

    • Ken

      Jesus also said “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” in Matthew 18:6. Sounds about right…

  • Vance Maverick

    Way to elide the distinction between an institution and a people.

    Tangentially, Cantalamessa (“sings the Mass”) is an implausibly perfect last name for the preacher of the papal household. Googling about shows other people have it too — one wonders how it could have arisen, given the notorious celibacy of the mass-singers in those parts.

  • eric

    From the piece that mtraven linked to:

    “For the first time in history the barbarians have breached the citadel; to have Barack Obama in the White House is the cultural equivalent of electing Madonna to the papacy.”

    Just like a prayer.

    • DocAmazing

      Il Papa don’t preach…

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  • Red Jenny

    Finally, an act of antisemitism the Church can condemn! We’ve been waiting 1700 years for that. Maybe some day they’ll even object to antisemitism against Jews!

  • To complete the circle someone needs to compare the attacks on the pope to pedophilia.

  • Lizzy L

    Tom M., it’s a free country: any idiot in a suit can create and name himself the head of an organization called The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. That idiot can persuade journalists that he somehow is speaking on behalf of the Catholic Church, when in fact he has no formal connection with the Church whatsoever. Bill Donahue has created a very sweet gig for himself. He’s even managed to convince real Catholics, who ought to know better, that he somehow speaks for the Church. I suspect most of the journalists who quote him and the TV producers who invite him on their programs know that he’s simply a bigoted loudmouth who sounds authoritative, but has neither knowledge nor authority — but they don’t care. All they care about is stirring up the conflict, any old conflict, and Donahue’s good at that.

    Yes, the USCCB (U. S. Council of Catholic Bishops) ought to politely and firmly state that he’s not their voice, not anyone’s voice, except his own. But don’t hold your breath…

  • Jeffrey Kramer

    I’m not sure what’s the current line: pedophilic priests are the Jews of Liberal Fascism (Cantalamessa), or pedophilic priests are the Fascists of Liberal Jews (Donohue)?

    • DocAmazing


  • winstongator

    Accusations are one thing, but exposing a massive cover-up that used the Church’s moral standing to shame victims to stay quiet is another. I am a Catholic, and while I don’t do this, I know Catholics who withhold from the collection basket because they don’t want their money going to high priced legal teams to defend pedophiles.

    Forgiveness is part penitence and part penance. The penitence from the Church is half-hearted at most, and there has been NO penance.

    • while I don’t do this” [“withhold from the collection basket because they don’t want their money going to high priced legal teams to defend pedophiles.”]

      why not?

  • Tom M :

    If they’ve hit puberty, but are still underage, it’s technically ephebophilia, not pedophilia.

    • Margarita

      So what? Words have multiple legitimate senses, not only “technical” ones. And Donohue pointedly did not dismiss the acts as “ephebophilia,” but as “homosexuality.” I wonder why.

  • Craig

    Long term criminal behavior. Lies, deceit, and actions to cover-up for criminals. RICO the lot of them.

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