I may regret this. I am venting at a bullying hierarchy, not the body of believers. I don’t find religious beliefs persuasive, but see no need to insult believers in general. The Vatican hierarchy is another matter entirely – I find their failure to acknowledge their responsibility for dealing inadequately with serial clerical sexual abusers simply despicable. Pope Benedict’s tepid apology made via proxy in front of his underlings instead of directly to the people who have been harmed and their families and supporters is particularly heinous. The hypocrisy of the Murdoch press is the sour icing on this stale and toxic cake.
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