It’s really getting pathetic. The Times stories are so obviously attempts to smear the Catholic church that they don’t even try to hide it any more.
It’s also kind of funny. They are trying so hard, and yet they are getting nowhere. The degree to which they are ready to falsify and mislead is actually getting funny, like a Saturday Night Live skit.
The Vatican made some changes to its canon law, in order to make it easier to get rid of abusive priests. But they really aren’t changes, per se. All they did was enshrine the rules they have been operating under since 2001 in the canon law. Before this, the rules had been ad hoc things, made up to take care of the crisis. Now, they have been forever enacted into the permanent Canon Law of the Church. At the same time, the Vatican released new changes to other areas of Canon law, including the penalties for those goofballs who run around “ordaining” women priests, when of course the church does not allow women to be priests. And so, the goofy Times writes:
The Vatican issued revisions to its internal laws on Thursday making it easier to discipline sex-abuser priests, but caused confusion by also stating that ordaining women as priests was as grave an offense as pedophilia.
But of course they did no such thing. The Times is purposely distorting things again in order to get their cheap shots in at the church. Nobody is confused, except the woefully ignorant Times reporters. At the press conference, the Vatican’s man in charge of prosecuting abusive priests explained the situation:
At a news conference at the Vatican, Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna, the Vatican’s internal prosecutor in charge of handling sexual abuse cases, explained the change on women’s ordination in technical terms. “Sexual abuse and pornography are more grave delicts, they are an egregious violation of moral law,” Monsignor Scicluna said in his first public appearance since the sex abuse crisis hit. “Attempted ordination of women is grave, but on another level, it is a wound that is an attempt against the Catholic faith on the sacramental orders.”
So he explained the Church’s position. Both of these things are bad, but of course sexual abuse is worse. It could not be clearer. So where does the Times get off saying that the Vatican “stat[ed] that ordaining women as priests was as grave an offense as pedophilia”. He just explained it was not.
The Times just flat out LIED. There is no sugar coating this one. They lie in the first paragraph of the story, hoping you won’t read through to the end, where you will easily find out you have just been lied to.
They just lied, pure and simple.
It’s rather remarkable. Once the Times was a great paper, an institution that never would have thought for one second about doing something this pathetically low. Now…well, let’s just say the kooks must be in charge there.
The spittle is dribbling down their chins; their eyeballs are protruding and the veins in their temples threaten to explode. These Times reporters – Rachel Donadio in this case – are obviously having great difficulty.
Tell me that the Times is not now engaged in a dirty little vendetta. They even tell bald-faced lies, right to your face, even when they report the correct version in the rest of the story.
They sort of remind me of Mel Gibson ranting at his girlfriend.