Sunday, 29 November 2009

La Cosa Nostra


As every schoolboy knows, la Cosa Nostra means ‘our thing' in Italian and refers to the Mafia’s name for itself. It’s also the name Frank Keating, a former Oklahoma Governor, applied to the Catholic Church, based on his experiences of heading a so-called investigation into child abuse in the US.

"To act like La Cosa Nostra and hide and suppress, I think, is very unhealthy," he declaimed, when he realized that he was heading a cover-up, not an investigation. And for this he got turfed out by the Church authorities.

There’s no point in my going over this scandal, which is a world-wide phenomenon. But I would like you to consider just one aspect of the Irish Church’s response which underlines what I already knew anyway: that there is simply no morality within that organization. It’s just like a multinational corporation, except that it pays no tax at all.

Just consider the concept of ‘mental reservation’. According to Cardinal Desmond Connell, ‘one must never lie, but on the other hand you may be put in a position where you have to answer and there may be circumstances where you can use an ambiguous expression, realizing that the person whom you are talking to will accept an untrue version of whatever it may be’.

Thus he was able to say that ‘I never paid’ any victim of clerical abuse. True, but he gave the money to the abuser, who then paid the victim. Totally convincing, isn't it?
Take another example. When Bishop Comiskey was outed by journalist Veronica Guerin as receiving treatment for alcoholism at a particulate clinic in Florida, it emerged that Comiskey had never even been to that clinic.

Cue outraged reaction from Church spokesmen, who complained bitterly, inter alia, of the ‘hurt’ Comiskey had suffered, the denigration of his character and so on. However, it subsequently emerged that in fact he had been receiving alcoholism treatment at that time, but at a different clinic just a few miles away.

What this illustrates to me is the difference between morality and religiosity ( is there such a word?). These people, as I said at the beginning, are just amoral. And they’re our moral guides.

Pass the sick bag.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who knows, the Catholic church might still turn out to be useful. It's infested by bad guys, just like the Protestant churches but things change.

tabnab said...

"Who knows, the Catholic church might still turn out to be useful."

Maybe. It might be some sort of a bulwark against Islam in Europe. But I'm not holding my breadth.

Anonymous said...

For a longer period of time, Roman Catholic priests were able to marry. I insist they allow this again...heterosexual marriage that is.

Anonymous said...

Hitler was a Catholic.

Karl Marx (Mordechai Levy) became a 'Catholic' to get his arse into England at the begining of the industrial revolution. Brussels where he resided is/was the city where he and mate Engels created the COMMUNIST manifesto.

henryIX said...

I agree with you. They just do not understand right from wrong.

W Baker said...

Savant,

Humankind can fool itself in the most intimate of ways.

I have a lot of uber Roman Catholic friends who are very forward-thinking libertarians, the Austrian school types. You won't find a more conflicted bunch of folks. On the one hand they'll preach that the market should be the arbiter of nearly everything under the sun. Traditionalists - and when there was some culture to conserve - conservatives simply have their collective heads in the sand. Byzantium was the one of the greatest polyglot cultures of trade and prosperity - despite its everlasting pejorative adjective, 'byzantine'.

But get these folks on the subject of the "Church", and they're the most atavistic traditionalists imaginable. They swear god converses in Latin, and they'd sooner marry their daughters at age 8 than celebrate a priest's nuptials.

I've raised your point of the church being a multinational company numerous times. I've even tried to make analogies with the stultifying corruption of massive, secular bureaucracies and the "Church". Forget it.

You could more easily eat and digest your computer screen than have these people think otherwise. They've locked into that belief like the typical jingoistic American has that our Empire will bring peace and democracy to the world.

And similarly they'll pay the price until the thing goes belly up.

Anonymous said...

You dissapoint me Savant. How come you fell so down regurgitating the same bullshit that many many assholes do? Are you in your Bill Maher period? I recommend you go to read Gerald Warner last posts and instruct yourself a little bit.
I liked this very much (some readers you have!)
"Hitler was a Catholic".
I thougth he was jewish, humm...

Anonymous said...

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geraldwarner/100018182/lets-get-it-straight-irish-child-abuse-was-perpetrated-by-the-trendy-modern-post-vatican-ii-catholic-church/

And by the way , why never touching this kind of stuff, my friend? Why only focusing on the non-christians infiltrated in the Church?

Paedophile Rabbi Caught on TV
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c6a_1190130388

Anonymous said...

Here, the long version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI2lc1LW5G0

WIll you publish this?

kulak said...

According to Cardinal Desmond Connell, ‘one must never lie, but on the other hand you may be put in a position where you have to answer and there may be circumstances where you can use an ambiguous expression, realizing that the person whom you are talking to will accept an untrue version of whatever it may be’.

Why some Jews convert to Catholicism. Never mind Matthew 5:33-37.

Every institution is a scam and always will be. But they are seldom wholly(!) scams. The question is whether the institution works for the white man, against him, or is irrelevant.

SAVANT said...

anon 17.22. I don't know how often I have to say that I publish contrary views to mine. The only ones I disallow are those that are totally debased, or where they merely repeat what many others are saying.

Re the pedophile rabbi, I'm sure there are plenty. But it doesn't excuse the Church which is quite simple an amoral (not immoral) institution