Vatican Envoy Sees Mockery of Religion as a Path to Possible Bloodshed June 1, 2020

Vatican Envoy Sees Mockery of Religion as a Path to Possible Bloodshed

The thinner the skin, the better the Catholic.

As people spent more time online during the coronavirus lockdown, negative remarks and even the incitement of hatred based on national, cultural or religious identity increased, a Vatican representative said. Discrimination on social media can lead to violence, the final step in a “slippery slope which starts with mockery and social intolerance,” said Monsignor Janusz Urbanczyk, the Holy See’s representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Mockery begets violence, Urbanczyk alleges. Those of us who are angered or openly amused by the Mother Church will soon have blood on our hands.

I’m not sure what he means by “social intolerance,” but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he feels that widespread, unflinching coverage of the endless Catholic sex abuse scandals contributed to it.

It’s remarkable, isn’t it? Here we have a faith that denigrates LGBT people, has a history of maltreating women in gruesome ways, promises hell to heathens and other sinners, and employs and protects thousands upon thousands of unrepentant childfuckers. But if we hold that wretched institution to account, or point and laugh at it, it’s we who are the intolerant and borderline “violent” ones.

In a reference to COVID closures, Urbanczyk denounced

…”attempts to profess a respect for religious freedom while also attempting to limit religious practice and religious expressions in public.”

Ah yes. The crucifix crowd claims the right to spread a deadly infection, because if authorities allow anything less than full-bore in-person daily masses, that’s persecution. Never mind the pandemic.

The false idea that religions could have a negative impact or represent a threat to the well-being of our societies is growing.” the monsignor said.

What’s actually false is the idea that the Church, and religions in general, are entitled to our esteem.

As H.L. Mencken said,

“We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.”

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