“Pope Forgives Molested Children”

Yes, it’s satire. But on this one, The Onion’s similarity to The New York Times is genuinely disturbing.

I have nothing to add to this from The Onion…

…except to say that for once the writers didn’t put all their good ideas in the headline.  The article gets “better,” which is to say, more cringe-inducing, as it goes on.

The Onion’s similarity to The New York Times is often hilarious.  But this time, it’s genuinely disturbing.  The deadpan perversity is, aside from a few slips into juvenalia, worthy of Swift.  And on this matter, we stood in dire need of a Swift.

Update: I read this piece without checking the date.  It’s in fact recycled from 2002.  Its continued timeliness makes it even more disturbing: the Church has had most of a decade to reflect on how to accept responsibility for conniving at evil in its ranks—and still can’t.

Author: Andrew Sabl

I'm a political theorist and Visiting Professor (through 2017) in the Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale. My interests include the history of political thought, toleration, democratic theory, political ethics, problems of coordination and convention, the realist movement in political theory, and the thought of David Hume. My first book, Ruling Passions: Political Offices and Democratic Ethics (Princeton, 2002) covered many of these topics, with a special focus on the varieties of democratic politics and the disparate qualities of mind and character appropriate to those who practice each of them. My second book Hume's Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the History of England was published in 2012; I am currently finishing a book on toleration, with the working title The Virtues of Hypocrisy, under contract with Harvard University Press. A Los Angeles native, I got my B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. Before coming to Yale I taught at Vanderbilt and at UCLA, where I was an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor; and held visiting positions at Williams, Harvard, and Princeton. I am married to Miriam Laugesen, who teaches health policy and the politics of health care at the Mailman School of public health at Columbia, and we have a twelve-year-old son.

2 thoughts on ““Pope Forgives Molested Children””

  1. I don't know how legit the original website that posted this is, but if it is real… yeah.

    "There are 13 year old adolescents who are under age and who are perfectly in agreement with, and what’s more wanting it, and if you are careless they will even provoke you." – Spanish Bishop Bernando Alvarez


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