Jesus gets upset when he realizes that there's no reason for his sacrifice.
I can't believe Jesse quit! He'll be back, don't you think?
Now onto more serious issues that have been weighing on my mind lately, and yours as well, most likely.
Johnny posted something on Facebook the other day that I have been meaning to share with you.
On Wikipedia there is a page on the Age of Consent in Europe. Johnny pointed out what it says for the Vatican:
The equal age of consent is 12. When there is a relationship of dependence (teacher/student, etc) the age of consent is 15 years.
Doesn't that seem awfully young? Especially for a place where many people are supposed to be celibate? Anyway, it's just another ugly fact about the Vatican, I guess.
I haven't said much about it all (mainly because I have been trying not to burst into flames from anger), but today I heard a recent episode of Reasonable Doubts which focused on the Scandal of Pope Ratz and the evil, horrid criminals he didn't stop from abusing innocent boys. The guys are RD provide a bunch of links to news reports and other information about the scandal. You might find links there that are new to you. If you can stomach it.
I read this interesting article in Newsweek that shed light on celibacy in catholicism. It was based on a memo by a nun named Marie McDonald called "The Problem of the Sexual Abuse of African Religious in Africa and in Rome."
"Sexual harassment and even rape of sisters by priests and bishops is allegedly common," it said. Sisters, financially dependent on priests, occasionally have to perform sexual favors in exchange for money.
The Vatican's stance: "The problem is known and is restricted to a limited geographical area," said Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the Vatican spokesman at the time. This is an isolated incident, in other words; we've got it under control.
How much longer will people still follow this incredibly corrupt, heinous, powerful beast? How much longer will countries and governments let this monstrous organization abuse their children and continue to turn a blind eye? It is despicable. When is enough enough?
Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are taking positive steps though. I sure hope they succeed. They have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Pope Ratz of "crimes against humanity" for his coverup of sexual abuse in the Catholic church.
The pope is to be in Britain between September 16 and 19, visiting London, Glasgow and Coventry. He shouldn't be able to claim diplomatic immunity from arrest because he is not the head of a state recognized by the United Nations.
Let's hope the pope has the arrogance to set foot on British soil, and let's hope Britain has the spine to actually arrest him and throw him in prison for his hideous actions, protecting the church while sentencing thousands of innocent children to be damned to sexual abuse, a fate that haunts a person for his or her entire life. Truly a crime against humanity.