Friday, April 2, 2010

Winner of this year's Miller Analogies Contest

From today's NY Times:

"Benedict sat looking downward when the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, who holds the office of preacher of the papal household, delivered his remarks in the traditional prayer service in St. Peter’s Basilica. Wearing the brown cassock of a Franciscan, Father Cantalamessa took note that Easter and Passover were falling during the same week this year, saying he was led to think of the Jews."

“They know from experience what it means to be victims of collective violence and also because of this they are quick to recognize the recurring symptoms,” he said.

Quoting from a letter he claimed was written by a Jew, he continues: "I am following the violent and concentric attacks against the church, the pope and all the faithful by the whole world ... The use of stereotypes, the passing from personal responsibility and guilt to a collective guilt, remind me of the more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism"

Yeah, the "violent" persecution of the Catholic Church over the widely acknowledged sexual abuse of young children over generations by priests, and the coverup by the Church hierarchy, is really a lot like the persecution of the Jews. The jails where some pedophile priests have been placed are a lot like the Camps. Let's all shed a tear and say Kaddish for Bernard Law and other innocent victims of this terrible stereotyping. It sure does remind you of the holocaust, doesn't it?

I guess this also wins this week's "What part of beneath contempt don't you understand?" award -- usually reserved for the Republicans.

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