Pedophile Priest Shows the Abuse isn’t Over

seppia Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest in the village of Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on pedophilia and drug charges. Investigators say that in tapped mobile-phone conversations, Seppia asked a Moroccan drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters with young and vulnerable boys. "I do not want 16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for needy boys who have family issues," he allegedly said.

Seppia's defense lawyers are expected to argue that those conversations — monitored since Oct. 20, 2010 — were just words, sex games that were played by adults. It was just a game even when he claimed to have "kissed on the mouth" a 15-year-old altar boy, according to the defense.

Questioned by the investigators, the altar boy reportedly confirmed the attempted kiss. Another male minor who, according to the investigators, was stalked with messages and pressing invitations, will be questioned soon. Psychologists are helping Carabinieri police officers obtain testimony from the alleged victims. "The boys are ashamed to talk and to admit what happened," says one of the investigators. The evidence amounts to at least 50 messages and phone calls. In the tapped phone conversations, the drug dealer contacted the boys and gave their phone numbers to the priest, who paid them with cocaine or 50 euros each time for sexual intercourse.

Read more at Time magazine

The Squirrel thinks that Rob Bell should reconsider his position on Hell. Maybe we do need one.

Found at Christian Nightmares

Jesus Still Turns Water into Wine

Great prank!

Hey Catholic Church: This Answers Nothing

priest-confessional The Roman Catholic Church put out another report, commissioned by our nation’s bishops, about patterns of clergy sex abuse in their churches.

They claim that the abuse was because of poor training in how to live a celibate life—not celibacy itself. They have already declared in a separate study that the reason the majority of the victims have been boys is not because of an all male clergy or homosexuality in the priesthood, but just because access to boys was greater than girls.

I recently read a book by a Catholic Priest who was a lot closer to the situation than I will ever be. He didn’t blame homosexuality for the abuse, but he had some pretty harsh things to be said against the celibacy requirement in the church—and it wasn’t about lack of training. Another charge that he made over and over in his book was about church cover-ups and turning the other way when the abuse was occuring. That’s what makes this next line from the AP news story so infuriating.

According to the report, only a tiny percentage of accused priests — less than 5 percent — could be technically defined as pedophiles. The authors of the study define pedophile as an adult with an intense sexual attraction to prepubescent children.

GOOD GRIEF! It seems we’re back to the “It depends upon what your definition of ‘is’ is.” If we define liars as those who lie, and murders as those who kill, then those who performed acts of sexual abuse on children and minors are nothing less than pedophiles, no matter how you dance around it.

Listen up, you red cloaked bishops; redefining pedophilia so that it doesn’t match the abusing actions of your priests solves nothing. NOTHING! It just makes us hotter under the collar. What we want is for you and your church to take a good, long look at your face in the mirror and then in the eyes of your victims. Get out from inside the safety of the boxes you’ve created and let’s see some real confession.

Is that a Cross on Your Dashboard?

Or are you just happy to see me?

PHALLIC-CROSS2 In England a taxi company was asked by the local council to remove a cross from one of it’s vehicle’s dashboards. Clair Cook, owner of AnD Taxis finds the reason “ridiculous.”

The problem wasn’t that the Roman Catholic driver was proselytizing the fares, it wasn’t because there was a religious ornament on display. No the reason that the teenage boy complained to the council was because he thought the miniature blue cross looked like a “fake penis” and was “very phallic.”

Unfortunately the council, in its zeal to protect the public from obscene material, passed on the complaint to the taxi company and the driver.

What should have happened is that someone should have put the 15-year-old boy back in a taxi and driven him to his doctor. If he thinks that blue cross is representative of a penis, he may require some medical attention.

Proof that the Pope reads “Jesus or Squirrel”

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Image found at SacredSandwich.com

Have a Seat on Jesus’ Lap

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This is sure to create more intimacy in your prayer and devotion time.

In other news, I love having the freedom to poke fun at things that are supposed to look like Jesus, or be about Jesus, but are really about something else. (I wasn’t allowed to post things like this when I was in “full-time ministry” even though we’d discuss it in our offices together.) And though I have no intention of shutting down this blog, I realize there are other conscientious bloggers who are quickly and consistently exposing this kind of religious bric-a-brac and hypocrisy on the blogosphere. I don’t feel the need to replicate things that they are already posting. A couple of the great ones you should follow are : JesusNeedsNewPR.Net and ChristianNighmares.com.

I think I will focus on the religious items that I really feel moved to write my own commentary about. It may be further are farther between posts, but they will be worth chewing on, like a great steak.

Thanks for your support and commentary along the way!