Was this the reason Pope Benedict quit?

Seems the former Pope’s brother has been buggering choir boys.

The priests at the Regensburg, Bavaria boarding school for boys liked to make the students take off their clothes and bend over for either a violent whipping or forcible anal sex. Sometimes the priests made them drink red wine. Sometimes the priests masturbated in front of the children.? Other times they made the children masturbate for them, perform oral sex or fondle each other.?

The complaint is not about just one or two isolated cases. At least 231 and more likely as many as 700 boys who attended the school between 1953 and 1992 were subjected to what has been described by the victims as ?ritual abuse,? according to Ulrich Weber, a German lawyer commissioned by the choir who represents the alleged victims. ?I have here 231 reports of physical abuse,? Weber told reporters at a press conference in Regensburg on Friday when he presented a report based on an eight-month investigation into the alleged abuse. ?The abuse ranges from sexual assault and rape to food deprivation to the boys who were less cooperative.? ? ? Read more »

Didn’t he know?

? The Telegraph

The repressed old guy who wears totally gay kit reckons:

In the interview he admits he was stunned by the sex abuse scandal that has engulfed the Catholic Church and raises the possibility of the circumstances under which he would consider resigning. The 83-year-old Pontiff says in passages published exclusively in The Sunday Telegraph today that he is aware his ?forces are diminishing?.

Only the gullible would believe he didn?t know about the institutional boy buggery.

Rodney Hide on Marriage Equality

? Herald on Sunday

Rodney Hide takes us on ?a history tour of NZ legislation from 1852 when the first Marriage Act was enacted through tot he reduction in penalties for buggery from death, to life imprisonment and flogging, to hard labour, 7 years imprisonment and then decriminalisation.

He concludes his columns with:

I have enormous respect for conservative values and traditional ways of doing things. But here’s the question for those pushing traditional values against same-sex marriage: what tradition do you want our Parliament to push back to? The death penalty? Flogging? Hard labour? Life imprisonment? Seven years’ jail?

Our Parliament has a sad and sorry history in its treatment of two adults who just want to love and be with one another.

Let’s hope with Louisa Wall’s bill that history is finally made just that: history.

Perhaps Colin and Bob want to return to the “traditional”?values?where wives were chattels?

Hawking vs Benedict

? 9Gag.com

Buggery OK but talking about Women Priests gets you silenced

? The Daily Beast

Pity they blackballed this guy rather than stopping the buggering of altar boys:

The Vatican has been watching Father Tony Flannery for a long time. The popular Irish Catholic priest has candidly voiced his liberal?and critical?views on the church, becoming a beacon of reason to his many of his loyal readers.

He questioned celibacy and was an advocate of ordaining women into the priesthood, frequently writing about how women priests could help the church bring more Catholics to mass. To many, Flannery channeled the pop vox of today?s Catholics who wanted to keep the faith, but couldn?t easily navigate the church?s tough stance on issues like contraception and divorce.

But to his critics, his writing bordered on heresy.

The Vatican clearly has had enough of Flannery and last week silenced the 65-year-old priest. Just days before Easter, Flannery, a prolific and longtime columnist for the Redemptorist Order?s monthly magazine, Reality, was told he can no longer write on any of the church-doctrine issues.

Flannery publicly supported Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny?s harsh criticism of the Vatican?s handling of the Irish church sex scandal. Reality editor Gerard Moloney has also been reprimanded for allowing Flannery?s prose to make it into print. Future editions of the magazine will now have to be reviewed by a Vatican-approved theologian. In the meantime, Flannery has reportedly been sent to a monastery for six weeks of prayer and contemplation.

Solving the problem of Catholic priests buggering little boys

DiM asked the question on Dimpost the other day about whether buggery of children by Catholic priests had always been part of the Church. Apparently there was much uproar on the blog, but it appears the answer is yes, well at least since before the 4th century when St Basil of Caesarea thought it prudent to make some rules about priests buggering boys.

Saint Basil of Caesarea, the fourth century Church Father who wrote the principal rule of the monks of the East, establishes this: ?The cleric or monk who molests youths or boys or is caught kissing or committing some turpitude, let him be whipped in public, deprived of his crown [tonsure] and, after having his head shaved, let his face be covered with spittle; and [let him be] bound in iron chains, condemned to six months in prison, reduced to eating rye bread once a day in the evening three times per week. After these six months living in a separate cell under the custody of a wise elder with great spiritual experience, let him be subjected to prayers, vigils and manual work, always under the guard of two spiritual brothers, without being allowed to have any relationship . . . with young people.”

Crusher might need to introduce some legislation around this, because FIGJAM sure won’t.