Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pray for Pope Francis, the Problem of Rape and Cardinal Napier puts his foot in it.

Pray for Pope Francis, he needs our prayers.
Massimo Franco, one of Italy's shrewdest political editorial writers, commented in the Corriere Della Sera, "the era of the Pope-King and of the Vatican court is over".  I'm delighted!

I have been horrified by the invective coming out of some of the so-called 'traditionalist' blogs accusing him of being opposed to the Extra-ordinary Form of the Mass, mixing with Jews, Heretics and Infidels and reducing the Faith to a form of spiritual relativism.  He didn't wear the stole through-out his first appearance on the balcony, spoke Italian and not short we will probably all end up as Quakers.  (Worse things could happen.) They were obviously hoping for a reincarnation of Pio Nono.

You expect the secular press to try and find something damaging in his past because that is there job but naively I didn't expect it from our co religionists...or are they?

 Rape and Abuse

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ
At Holy Trinity we had a meeting on Saturday to discuss the issue of rape and what we, as a church, could do about it.  This came to a head as a result of the suspension of a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand for alleged sexual harassment and as we effectively house the University Chaplaincy our Paris Priest, Fr Russell Pollitt SJ, raised the matter in his sermon a couple of weeks ago and was inundated with women and students talking about  their experiences.  This has been on-going and many people felt that we had to do something.

I'm a bit cynical about the outcome as rape and women abuse as it is in many ways acceptable in South African society from the higher echelons of government to grass routes level.  Marches and T-shirts don't achieve anything beyond a feeling of self-satisfaction and a bit of money in the pockets of T-shirt manufacturers.  It's all very well saying that women should know their rights but it doesn't help much if they are not economically independent and cannot assert them as is the case with 99% of the female population.  We are not going to change this patriarchal attitude but we can help people who have been abused and can teach women how to react if they are in danger of being raped, are being raped or have been raped and provide support for them.

Cardinal Wilfred Napier
Cardinal Napier
I see our Cardinal has made headlines in the international press with an interview with the BBC where he said that paedophilia is an illness and paedophiles should be treated rather than punished.  I know what he is trying to say but why say it so badly and provide yet more ammunition for the anti-catholic lobby.  On the other hand it is a change from his usual obsession with condoms.

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