In the latest missive from the Vatican, Cardinal Julian Herranz blamed the ongoing outrage aimed at the Pope on "powerful lobbies" opposed to conservative family values: "The pope defends life and the family, based on marriage between a man and a woman..." While "defends life" undoubtedly refers to the church official position on abortion, it's not hard to figure out the target of "marriage between a man and a woman." The church has actually sunk low enough to blame the legitimate anger of millions of Catholics on gay activist groups. Unbelievable.
The Vatican dean of the college of cardinals believes that the pope and the church hierarchy have pretty much done all that they can about the "shortcomings and errors" of a few priests. The time has come to move on and protect the world against homosexuals and women who take umbrage against a coterie of old men telling them what they can do with their bodies. The idea of accepting responsibility for what happens in the institution these men administer seems about as foreign as a camel to an Eskimo. There's no conception -- immaculate or otherwise -- that evasions like this make matters worse, that they only convince those who are already convinced while repelling everyone else.
The message is clear: Nothing is their fault. The coverups didn't happen, the deceit didn't happen, and any suggestion that the pope might have personal culpability is dark gossip from the two groups the church hierarchy fears most and understands least: Gays and women. Well, what about me, Papa? I'm neither, nor are millions of others whose revulsion has reached unplumbed depths. How do you explain us?