And You Thought the Catholic Church Had Learned Anything From Its Mistakes

You were possibly wrong.

Vatican ‘rent-boy’ prostitution ring exposed: ‘underage boys’ exploited

According to a June 26 story appearing in The Times, a convicted pedophile priest has given Italian investigators concrete information about a prostitution ring operating inside the Holy Roman Church. Multiple reports now indicate a member of Italy’s military police served as a pimp for the ring, picking up immigrant boys, many underage, at a bar called “Twink” for encounters with priests around Rome.

Convicted pedophile priest Don Patrizio Poggi, who served a five-year sentence for abusing five 14 and 15-year-old boys at his parish on the outskirts of the Italian capital, has reportedly handed numerous names of clergy and other church officials involved in the prostitution ring to Italian police.


But of course:

CathNewsUSA reports the allegations are rejected by the Vatican: Cardinal Agostino Vallini, head of the Catholic Vicariate of Rome, claims Poggi’s allegations are made from a desire for vengeance.


Who wants to take bets on which one of these people is telling the truth?

How about we just give up on the clerical celibacy? Or better yet, maybe you just give up on the clergy altogether. If I were a generous person, I'd say it might be enough to give up just the part that, clearly, your religious dogma and "moral authority" can't sustain without said clergy resorting to the wholesale rape of innocent children. I'm not a very generous person though.

The Catholic Church raises what I think might be a unique question in human history: how many innocent children do you have to rape and torture as an institution before people will stop listening to the moral commands you give them, or respecting the immense authority you've granted yourself?

The Church also furnishes us with a disheartening answer to that question: whatever the number is, we haven't reached it yet.

Honestly, fuck these people.

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