"Satanists are working in the Vatican"
A friend sent me this article the other day.
It is an interview with the indominable Fr. Amorth by Il Foglio. He says, in a nutshell, "There are satanists in the Vatican Curia".
Satanists in the Vatican? "Yes, even in the Vatican there are members of satanic cults."
Who is involved? These simple priests or laity? "There are priests, monsignors and even cardinals."
Forgive me, Father Gabriel, but how do you know? "I know from people that I have been able to report because they had no way of knowing directly. And it's 'confession' several times by the devil himself under obedience in the exorcisms.
Is the Pope informed? "Of course he was informed!"
Of course, my response to my friend was exactly what you're thinking: "Well, duh!"
"Flash! Ocean discovered to be very large and filled with water!"
Not every one is yawning and switching over to see the Onion's latest funny video about orangutans or Sarah Palin.
Apparently some are shocked. Some are even "beyond shocked", (and apparently, not just for laughs).
Others, however, are outraged. Some are saying what a horrible thing it is to dare to malign the wonderful "edifying and virtuous" collection of prelates we have in the glorious post-JPII Catholic Church. In fact, some have said that saying such a thing is uncharitable, scandal-mongering ...
Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea Cucurull, a Spanish priest and theologian who specializes in demonology and is now studying for his doctorate of theology in Rome, responded to Fr. Amorth's assertions on March 1.
After reading reports of Fr. Amorth's accusations pointing a finger at members of the clergy, including cardinals [Oh no! not the great and glorious college of cardinals! Why, it can't be!], Fr. Fortea declared that it is a "duty of justice" to speak out in their defense.
Noting that some prelates "are more spiritual and others more earthly, some more virtuous and others more human," he wrote on his blog, "from there to affirm that some cardinals are members of Satanic sects is an unacceptable distance."
I'm sure it is. Quite unacceptable.
Apparently, the current crop of cardinals is the most virtuous the Catholic Church has ever seen.
"Our College of Cardinals, if we compare it with past centuries is the most edifying and virtuous that history has ever known. One would have to go back to the epoch of the Roman Empire to find a body of electors so distanced from all earthly pretension as the current one is."
Well. We've been told.
It all made me think of an amusing game.
A quiz, actually, "How to tell if you're a Trad-Catholic or a Neo-Con Catholic".
A little while ago, someone poked Mark Shea's anti-Trad button and he went all wiggy, as he does, flailing and spitting and doing his usual apoplectic head-spinning Shea thing. It was all very amusing.
What seemed to set him off this time was the assertion by the Trads that he is a "neo-con".
"Wot?!Wot?!Wot?! I don't even know what that means!
I'M JUST A CATHOLIC, dammit, and anyone making such unnecessary distinctions is just plain...
So, I've been trying to think of ways to help him out.
Quiz: "How to tell if you're a Trad-Catholic or a Neo-Con Catholic"
How do you respond to the following assertion?
"There are satanists in the Vatican curia"1) "That's an outrageous accusation! The Catholic Church is the last bastion of righteousness in the world. There is nothing whatever going wrong in the Vatican, and all the problems in the Church stem from inexplicably bad individual bishops that are connected in no way to the Curia.
...and our Pope, John Paul the Great, is the very mouthpiece of God on earth..."
"Oooo, wait, I meant the new guy."
2) "Well, Duh. Where have you been?"