As the date of JPII’s hasty beatification draws nearer, the Catholic Church hopes, by its faux scientific administrative mumbo jumbo, to transform an evil old man with a horrifyingly negative track record in many areas, especially in enabling child rape, into a political figurehead whose morality is beyond question, and whose every action is by definition “right” and “good”.
The target for this particular Catholic PR deception is not, as you may suspect, the world media and non Catholics. Rather it is the mindless Catholic minions themselves.
Because, to a Catholic, sainthood is one of the many triggers the Church hierarchy uses to switch off their reasoning function. Anyone declared a saint, by virtue of having survived the daunting hurdle of the intensely detailed canonisation process, must truly be “saintly” and no Catholic needs to listen to or consider anything which may detract from the saint’s reputation or standing.
Vatican PR has recently reinforced such misleading beliefs, revealing to the media details of the canonisation process emphasising the difficulty and high level of “proof” required. For those not blinded by faith, this confused amalgam of magic and science is profoundly unconvincing. The sleight of hand whereby one event is irrevocably joined to another event by nothing but hopeful belief, and then proudly declared to have a causal link, should be laughed at by everyone with even an elementary education, not treated as a scientific fact.
The haste to cover up JPII’s real nature and legacy with the mind numbing mantle of official “sainthood” is unsurprising. There is much beneath the benign image of “Il Papa” waving from his Popemobile the Church hierarchy wants Catholics to ignore.
Just last year the Catholic Church achieved a similar feat of deceit when it appropriated the good works and reputation for standing up for the powerless and exploited of Mary McKillop. By declaring her their first Australian saint, after her death when she is unable to refuse such an “honour”, the Catholic Church stole her lifetime’s work to improve their own bedraggled reputation.
The callous hypocrisy of the rich old men in dresses in Sydney and Rome who planned this extravaganza of deception is demonstrated by the fact that most of the ways in which Mary was truly an example of doing the right thing, were also instances where she was at odds with the Catholic Church hierarchy. We are not talking about petty squabbles either. She was excommunicated by the Church, an extreme punishment which not even the worst child rapist or torturer was or is still considered to deserve. In fact, one of the many issues Mary fought the Catholic Church over included the refusal of the Church to do anything to stop child rape.
So it is no surprise that 100 years after Mary’s death, the Catholic Church is fast tracking the canonisation of the man most instrumental in helping child rape to flourish unchecked in the late 20th Century.
The same man who could so easily have introduced Church policy to put a stop to my own abuse after one or two or even ten attacks, instead of abandoning me to suffer 100 or more times, and grow up without support, terrified, bullied into silence and unable to recover.
Coming soon: Top 10 Reasons Why JPII is NO Saint.