With that said I am deeply disturbed by the latest pronouncements by the Vatican's representative, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi.
According to the Vatican News:
According to Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, in his exact words:
sexual behavior between people of the same sex" (human rights and equality - word changes my own) Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, the Vatican's representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.
These statements from a Church, which seems daily to be rocked over and over by sex scandals by pedophilc priest praying (what an oxymoronic phrase here) on young children, I find repugnant. The day that the Pope, the various Cardinals dressed in their robes and dresses and all of the other criminals part of the "Church" stand up and take action for true victims, then I will listen to them whine about the persecution of people who expose their non-sense.
Where is their remorse for victims? Where is their outcry for the disenfranchised? Where is their call for equality and human rights for all? Where do the say:
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?
No, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi and the Church seem to care only about their message. If you oppose the Church's message you are wrong - and "God forbid" you call out anyone who says bullshit to what they say. Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi's message is clear - do not challenge the Church, even if you are molested by Priests or if you happen to be born gay.
I mean being "gay" has to be wrong, right? And, according to Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, it is wrong to challenge ANYONE who might expose a view based on "expressions of religious convictions, or state opinions about scientific claims."
Let's explore that "wisdom" of the mighty Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi speaking on behalf of the Church and the
Nazism (Nationalsozialismus, National Socialism; alternatively spelled Naziism) was the ideology and practice of the Nazi Party and of Nazi Germany. It was a unique variety of fascism that involved biological racism and antisemitism. Nazism presented itself as politically syncretic, incorporating policies, tactics and philosophies from right- and left-wing ideologies; in practice, Nazism was a far right form of politics.
"Jews were the greatest threat to the Aryan race and the German nation. They considered Jews a parasitic race that attached itself to various ideologies and movements to secure its self-preservation, such as: the Enlightenment, liberalism, democracy, parliamentary politics, capitalism, industrialisation, Marxism and trade unionism."So they opposed liberalism, capitalism, industrialization and trade unionism. Wait, was I speaking of Nazis or the Church?
So what were these "scientific claims" that Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi desires to so desperately preserve? According to Wikipedia:
The Nazis believed in the supremacy of an Aryan master race and claimed that Germans represent the most pure Aryan nation. They argued that Germany's survival as a modern great nation required it to create a New Order — an empire in Europe that would give the German nation the necessary land mass, resources, and expansion of population needed to be able to economically and militarily compete with other powers.Sounds like these Nazis are simply expressing "their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature" as suggested by Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi. Why should anyone take issue with that? Right?
Makes one wonder if Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi is a follower of Oswald Spengler.
Oswald Spengler, was a German cultural philosopher. Spengler's book The Decline of the West (1918) written during the final months of World War I in which he addressed the claim of decadence of modern European civilization that he claimed was caused by atomizing and irreligious individualization and cosmopolitanism. Spengler considered the Western world as having succumb to decadence of intellect, money, cosmopolitan urban life, irreligious life, atomized individualization, and the end of biological fertility as well as "spiritual" fertility. He believed that the "young" German nation as an imperial power would inherit the legacy of Ancient Rome and lead a restoration of value in "blood" and instinct, while the ideals of rationalism would be revealed as absurd.Have to oppose irreligious individualization. Sounds like a great theory of
What makes matters worse is that the church and the Nazis had, according to many scholars, a far too symbiotic relationship. And as to churches and religion, Hitler extended his rationalizations into a religious doctrine. Martin Bormann, a prominent Nazi official, said:
"Priests will be paid by us and, as a result, they will preach what we want. If we find a priest acting otherwise, short work is to be made of him. The task of the priest consists in keeping the Poles quiet, stupid, and dull-witted."Has much if anything changed in these last 67 years? Has the church now decided (or has it been its mission all along) to keep the masses "quiet, stupid, and dull-witted?" (Ironic that the term "masses" has such an interesting plural meaning in this context!)
Not satisfied yet? Several elements of Nazism were quasi-religious in nature according to many scholars. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, in his Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity, said the cult around Hitler as the Führer, the "huge congregations, banners, sacred flames, processions, a style of popular and radical preachings, prayers-and-responses, memorials and funeral marches" mirrored that of most religious ceremonies.
But let's get back to the Church and the Nazi, shall we? The Nazis often used the Church to justify their politics, by using Christian symbols as Reich symbols, and, in other cases, replacing Christian symbols with Reich symbols, Nazism thus conflated Church and State as an ultra-nationalist political entity — the Nazi Germany embodied in the motto Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer (“One People, One Empire, One Leader”). Ein Führer Pope Benedict XVI??
While the attitude of the Nazi party to the Catholic Church ranged from tolerance to near total renunciation (Laqueur, Walter Fascism: Past, Present, Future p.41 1996 Oxford University Press), the nature of the Nazi Party's relations with the Catholic Church was complicated to say the least.
Nice to know that the Church and the Nazi played so well together. Makes a parent proud.
On culpability this is perhaps clearest with regards to the German hierarchy as after the Concordat there was a radical reversal of the former episcopal condemnation of Nazism, according to Daniel Goldhagen and others. But as they say, pictures say a thousand words.
So yes Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi let us worry more about those who might object to your views. Let's persecute those that do not follow the Church's ideology. For after all, those people who do not follow your edicts simply can't understand the wisdom of the all mighty church.
Are my words and comparisons too strong? I say absolutely not. Until the Church shows they care about victims and truly support equality and tolerance and love for all, I will be an outspoken critic.
Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi you owe an apology to all members of the LGBT community and all of the rest of us who find your form of discrimination repugnant.