Monday, May 01, 2006

Catholic hierarchy kills people: James Carroll

Former Catholic priest and muddled media darling James Carroll accuses the Catholic Church (that would include me) of murder.

"For more than 20 years, the hierarchy's rejection of condom use has been killing people. Even were the Vatican to change its position now -- and pray it does -- Catholics must still reckon with that betrayal. "

Here's the entire piece of trash.

Most of Carroll's tripe wouldn't bother me, except for the way he keeps referring to himself as a "Catholic" spokesman. He may be Catholic (that's up for debate) but his the way he demonstrates his knowledge of Catholic doctrine makes my Lutheran niece look like an ace Canon lawyer.

"Yet as a Catholic [?] I respond to this news with complicated feelings. It is one thing to toss out the doctrine of Limbo, say, or to drop regulations about abstaining from meat on Friday. The issue raised here is graver."

First of all, "Limbo" was never a doctrine. Ask then Cardinal Ratzinger who said back in 1984 that Limbo had "never been a definitive truth of the faith."

Second, nobody every "dropped the regulations about abstaining from meat on Friday." We're all required to do penance every Friday. One way is abstinence from meat.

And speaking of "abstinence..."

Let me repeat: abstaining from sexual relations with an AIDS/HIV person is a real good way to protect yourself.

Could, perhaps, someone in the "murderous hierarchy" care to publicly point this out to Mister Carroll and his readers?

Thank you.