Hey Dhimmi Lane! This Bud’s for you!

An addendum to Reason #532.

Sodano’s remarks also reflect what Parsi called the “pro-Arab prejudice” that “persists in some noteworthy exponents within Vatican hierarchy.” Few such exponents are more noteworthy than Sodano himself.

As secretary of state, Sodano is responsible for the Vatican’s communications outlets – including its newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, which constantly displays an anti-Israel attitude. The magazine from Sodano’s own office, Civilita Cattolica, complements L’Osservatore with anti-American rhetoric “after the fashion of the radical left of Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore,” Magister wrote.

Moreover, Magister describes Sodano as “a great admirer of Yasser Arafat” and “a supporter of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah,” whose support for Palestinian extremists and opposition to Israel was explored in FrontPageMag.com’s “Patriarch of Terror.”

“Da qualche fessura sia entrato il fumo di Satana nel tempio di Dio” (“The smoke of Satan has entered the very temple of God”) –Pope Paul VI (at a homily on June 29 1972)

18 thoughts on “Hey Dhimmi Lane! This Bud’s for you!”

  1. I must say that I have been less than impressed with Pope Benedicts’ reign as Bishop of Rome thus far. Was it too much to wish for that his reputation for being an Orthodox hard-liner take-no-panzers kinda bishop would carry over into his pontificate? He needs to shut the dhimwits like Sodano down, and restore moral clarity- how about making a strong pronouncement on St. Augustine’s Just War concept, and how nation states INCLUDING Israel have a legitimate right to defend themselves? He needs to save what remains of the Catholic faith on the European continent, as radical Islam makes substantial inroads into post-Christian Europe, while dhimwits suffer the consequences. In the wake of 9-11 and the resurgence of dictatorial regimes around the world, it was time for him to throw the gauntlet down to save Christendom and Civlization from either slowly eroding or violently imploding. So far, Ive barely heard a peep from B16. Cardinal Sodano’s idiocy gets all the attention from the press, and he effectively puts forth the position of the entire Vatican all by himself. Courage amd Leadership, anyone? Hello?

  2. To paraphrase Frank Pentangoli:

    I respect him.
    I’ll do business with him.
    But I’ll never trust him.

    I’m still pissed off about Galileo and the Spanish Inquisition which amongst their weaponry included, inter alia, such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms.

  3. Sigh…Cigar Mike- unfortunately, to this day the Galileo incident is singularly looked upon as a stigma on the Cathlic Church, and quite frankly it is a bit disappointing that this purported “conventional wisdom” is accepted in a forum like this, considering who in the past have been the prime movers behind this “conventional wisdom!”

    To this day, the “conventional wisdom” that im chiding is that this was a textbook case of Religion and the Catholic Church not being able to handle the truth, and the stifling and distrust of science, because religion fears the truths of science, blah blah blah. It’s too bad that this distortion of history exists so pervasively to this day. As a matter of fact, the revisionist history of this complicated incident was promulgated notably by Marxist writers such as Bertold Brecht, who seized upon the notion of a monolithic and superstitious Church because his aim was to discredit the Church specifically and religion in general, while positing Marxism as the glorious future of mankind.

    What fails to get mentioned is that it was ultimately rivalry, jealousy, and vindictiveness from other scientists and philosophers that did Galileo in. Check out Robert Nisbet’s book Prejudices: A Philosophical Dictionary, to see how enlightenment writers set the stage for Marxist writers who used the Church as a pinata for its purported hostility to science. Believe me Cigar Mike- Ive got no problem criticizing the Church for this or that reason, as I did earlier in this thread- but the Church is far less culpable in this incident than most historians and commentators would leave you to believe.

  4. Lucha Libre, please expand on your comment. I’d like to learn more about this having read Brecht’s play many years ago.

  5. Well, what I find intriguing is that the Church was defending Aristotle, a greek pagan. But that incident to me is not really a big deal since the world had a larger percent of idiots per capita in the 1600’s than it has today. (Not by much of course).

    Now I respect them, but it’s not my thing.

    That’s why I prefer being a Protestant. It’s the church for anyone who respects the individual and the individual’s right to decide for him or herself. When Martin Luther nailed his protest up to the church door in fifteen-seventeen, he may not have realised the full significance of what he was doing, but nearly five hundred years later, thanks to him, I can wear whatever I want on my John Thomas, and, Protestantism doesn’t stop at the simple condom! Oh, no! I can wear French Ticklers if I want. Black Mambos. Crocodile Ribs. Sheaths that are designed not only to protect, but also to enhance the stimulation of sexual congress. In fact, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Griswald v. Connecticut, I can go down the road any time I want and walk into Walgreen’s and hold my head up high and say in a loud, steady voice, “Madam Pharmacist, I want you to sell me a condom. In fact, today, I think I’ll have a French Tickler, for I am a Protestant.” Catholics cannot do that because the church never made the great leap out of the Middle Ages and the domination of alien episcopal supremacy.

  6. Cigar Mike, its a bit of a stretch, perhaps even longer than the condom that you use, to imply that condom usage so wondorous a phenomenon that it actually trumps sex without the use of a condom, as practiced by Troglodytic Catholics such as myself. I had no idea that the choice between ribbed or smooth was such an article of faith for Protestants! But I had better cease discussion of this topic, for no doubt the Totalitarian Supremacist Episcopate whom I routinely submit my heart and mind to are monitoring my activity on this board, and I certainly don’t want to incur their wrath.

    Back to Brecht- George, I am no expert on his works, and he certainly was an interesting and complicated guy whose thinking and creative works went through several phases, but undeniably he always incorporated Marxist themes within his plays. He was a big admirer of Lenin. And his play on Galileo dramatized what in effect is the current liberal academic view – really what amounts to an enduring urban legened- of the whole affair today- Galileo, as the victim of the Church and Religion alone. This interpretation of the affair no doubt influenced many and further encased revisionist history as a substitute for authentic history. Im sure if Brecht were alive today he would be sainted by liberals and academics for his purported insight into the human condition and his brave testimony in front of HUAC. Perhaps he’d even be Castro’s chief literary propagandist, who knows. Regardless, I think its important to document what Communist thinkers and sympathizers have wrought, from Marx and Engels on down through the 20th century, and he is just another footnote in this sad tale. In sum, he fled from fascism, but he thought capitalism was evil and exploitive, and subsequently embraced communism. Sounds familiar, no?

  7. LOL! As usual the Monty Python references go over everyone’s heads…

    As for Brecht, I have read several of his plays (and libretti) knowing full well the milieu in which he lived. Post-war Berlin (from about 1920 to 1932) was a hotbed of artistic innovation — dada, dodecaphonic music, the Bauhaus, and expressionism in the visual arts and film being the most famous of these trends. Just look at the names: Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Busoni, Weill, Lang, Brecht, Kandinsky, Gropius.

    As for the left, there was a lot of “socialism” — sans the ‘National’ — and “communism” going on over there. I’ve always believed that Hitler’s “flavor” of socialism was the only possible outcome to the socialist ferment in Germany between the wars. After all, the Nazis and Soviets are first cousins — if not bretheren…

  8. George,

    Yep-have been ever since I was at my grandparents place in E. Central IL on summer holiday back between 8th and 9th grade (1975), and I accidentily happened upon the Pythons one night on the local PBS station out of Urbana while flipping around the dial after my grandmother had gone to bed.

    I even remember the ep.-it was the one with the silent movie spoof where Terry Jones played a very modest man looking to change out of his street clothes into his bathing suit, then wound up doing a striptease at the end of the skit (I also remember nearly peeing myself laughing at that), also had John Cleese as a Sgt. Major leading a class in how to defend oneself against an attacker armed with a piece of fresh fruit, and a reccuring bit spoofing the British Army’s then current recruiting slogan “It’s a Man’s Life in the Modern Army”. 🙂

    Considering the times, and that what my parents and most of my friend’s parents were big fans of were blaze pieces of nonsense like Carol Burnett and Mary Tyler Moore, stuff like the Pythons was like mana from heaven for a bunch of 14 year old boys looking to differentiate their identites from that of their folks. (And yes, we were all such a big bunch of Python nerds we used to do Python routines and lines in the halls between classes, too.)

    P.S. At least *I* got Cigar Mike’s “Meaning of Life” reference! LOL

  9. George,

    Maybe he’ll be saying that to his latest (male) paramour while both of them are engaging in their “mouse fetish” 😉

    That reminds me of another bad thing about Fidel: ministries for everything, but no “Ministry of Silly Walks”! 😛

    Peshkatari (who is expecting the ghost of Graham Chapman to walk up any moment in a British colonel’s uniform and tell me to stop it because I’m being “too silly”. 🙂 )

  10. Sorry George – beyond the Holy Grail, I am totally unfamiliar w/ Monty Python! My relative youth as compared with some others on this blog, is apparent.

  11. George, the quote from pope Paul VI lacks the translation of the first part, it should say: “From some cracks, the smoke of Satan has entered the very temple of God”.

  12. FWIW, I read recently that Sodano has not been on the right side of BXVI for a while and was told in June that there will be a new Secretariat this fall. The “Vatican” statement on the Israel/Hizballah fighting was authored by Sodano, not the Pope, who issued a later statement saying he was in agreement with the G8 position.

    Since we’re talking about Monty Python – another not-nice-to-Catholics Python film is “The Life of Brian”, which is a hoot (to Lucha – if you hear any reference to the “Judean People’s Front”, it’s from that film). I’m a fairly traditional Catholic but I still laughed a lot. The only problem I ever had with their films was that the endings were always weak.

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