12th February 2010

“Shepherds don't look after sheep because they love them – although I do think some shepherds like their sheep too much. They look after their sheep so they can, first, fleece them and second, turn them into meat. That's much more like the priesthood as I know it.”

Christopher Hitchens

13 Responses to “12th February 2010”

  1. solomon Says:

    Not an interesting quote.Seems like nobody is interested.

  2. tech Says:

    That actually is a gross quote, but given some of the happenings over the years, I can understand where that quote is coming from.

  3. CaptainZero1969 Says:

    I think that both parts of the criticism are inarguably true. On the fleecing part, the wealth of the Vatican is estimated at between 10 and 15 billion dollars. To do their “charity” work they don’t even have to dip into the principle. Many parishes pass the plate twice now which is handy because that way the parishioners themselves are paying the direct cost of the settled law suits raised in the second part of the criticism. I mean, after all, why should the central office have to pay for the indiscretions of its satellites? The SYSTEMATIC sexual abuse of children, much of it of a homosexual nature, inflicted buy this cabal of weird “celibates” is a blaring klaxon of this organization’s immorality and self interest. I heard it said recently that the Catholic churches fetishistic preoccupation with sex is akin to the fascination with food of the anorexic or the obese. I think that’s a great way to look at it.

  4. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    Plus, all these celibate male priests wear such pretty, expensive dresses and hats. The Catholic hierarchy are a bunch of seriously retarded 2 year old boys who think Daddy put them in charge till he comes home. I don’t agree with Hitchens on much of anything, but his take on this is spot-on.

  5. Holysmokes Says:

    I don’t know much about the Catholic priesthood, but several evangelical organizations in the West certainly appear to treat their followers just like this quote. You can be saved, …just send money. I wonder if that Jesus character back 2000 years ago in Christian mythology ever went around bumming cash, goods and services off his flock? I guess it depends on what the author of the story intended.

  6. Oxymoronic Christhinker Says:

    BTW . . . It’s Charles Darwin’s birthday today! So Happy Darwin Day to everybody!

  7. CaptainZero1969 Says:

    The authors of the Jesus story had their character expel the bankers from the temple and had him argue the merits of poverty. But they also had him say the rich would get richer and the poor poorer. They left it somewhat ambiguous as to what they were trying to get him to say. Nonetheless, I’m pretty sure they DIDN’T mean “give your hard earned cash to a guy in an embroidered moo-moo so he can pay off your neighbor after he diddles the neighbor’s kid.”

  8. CaptainZero1969 Says:

    Thanks for the reminder, Oxy! You know, I named my dog Darwin and so far I’ve only had a single person comment that it’s an ironic name since he’s the product of artificial selection, not natural selection. Ha! Happy Darwin Day, fellow hominids! May your evolution lead you to useful adaptations.

  9. Hypatia Says:

    I named my dog Darwin

    That’s a great idea. Shouting “Darwin” at the top of your voice in public places must be so much fun!

    I wonder if anyone has a rat named Pope 😉

  10. Holysmokes Says:

    My dentist has a black lab names Darwin. Great dog! Growls at Christians though. lol

  11. solomon Says:

    In my lab theres a cripple mice named Dawkin’s.

  12. Mohammed The Prophet Says:

    “in my lab…”

    LOL! The only lab you’re ever likely to see, Solomon, is the one where they conduct experiments to see if there’s anything living inside your head.

  13. solomon Says:

    Dawkin….! Dawkin….! Where are you hiding? I’am bringing you a Cat friend.His name is Darwin.Come play together. The least is you’ll get eaten.