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The Vatican is Not the Victim 
Friday, April 16th, 2010 | 10:05 pm [commentary, religion, video, vlog]
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Today I planned on making the first video edition of Riffing on Mail Call. Then, through a flurry of comments to the YouTube page of my previous video, I found a series of videos defending the conduct of the Pope and the Vatican that were so unbelievably arrogant and petulant that I felt compelled to respond.  So here is my response.

The original videos I mention and show clips from can be viewed in their entirety at the YouTube channel of RealCatholicTV.com.

Saturday, April 17th, 2010 | 02:36 pm (UTC)
Can't find any other words...

(Also can't wait for your take on Mail Call. Nearly snogged yogurt through my nose reading it on-line this morning. Don't EVER do this while eating!)

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Saturday, April 17th, 2010 | 02:52 pm (UTC)
You are too kind! Thanks for watching it. The Mail Call video should be up next week sometime.
Saturday, April 17th, 2010 | 03:23 pm (UTC)
I just had the most AMAZING thought (while showering, where I do my best thinking)!
I went to YOUTube and read the comments there. Regarding the individual who asked whether the President should be blamed for the misdoings of a Federal employee, the answer of course would be, yes, IF HE KNEW ABOUT IT.
As I am of the boomer generation and likely skew older than your average readership, I have searched the far file folders of my mind and seem to recall, what was his name? Nixon, yes, that's it, Richard Nixon! As President, Nixon was accused of knowing about AND covering up a certain burglary. Not only was this the nearly sole topic of media coverage for about 2 years, Nixon was ultimately forced to resign.
Seems like quite the parallel to me...
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Saturday, April 17th, 2010 | 03:53 pm (UTC)
You're totally right, and Nixon is a great example. The argument that commenter was trying to make was just nonsensical. Of course the president can't be expected to micromanage everything that happens in the massive federal government, but if he finds out there's an admitted child rapist working for the Post Office, and that the Postmaster General knew about it and didn't call the cops, or at the very least fire the guy, people would call for his head just the same as they're calling for the pope's.
Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 | 04:50 pm (UTC) - Catholic Video
What's most interesting to me is how conservatives and this apologist for the church use exactly the same vocabulary and specious tactics. When the media reveal distasteful facts about he church hierarchy's behavior, it's characterized as bias. Note ow many times the words "secular" and "progressive" appear on screen. To the core audience, those words are like waving red flags before bulls.

I wouldn't be the least surprised if the video you excerpted was created by an ad agency or organization whose business is making political commercials. It is very cleverly made to appeal to the base.
Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 | 05:33 pm (UTC) - Re: Catholic Video
Yeah, he's totally preaching to the choir. Where else could he expect to get away with referring to "this sex abuse garbage" as something "brought into the church by liberals and progressives?"

Your suggestion that the RealCatholicTV videos are produced by an ad agency is interesting. You're right, they do play like pandering political commercials. "We're right, we know we're right, it's the rest of the world that's out to get us." Right on.
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