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October 17, 2018

Focus the Blame … Elsewhere, Anywhere!

Filed under: Morality,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 8:52 am
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According to an article in Reuters (Pope Blames Devil For Church Divisions, Scandals, Seeks Angel’s Help, October 8, 2018) the Pope is casting blame for the Catholic Church’s scandals, and all other problems on the Devil.

“(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past,” Francis said in a message on Sept. 29.

“Since he was elected in 2013, Francis has made clear that he believes the devil to be real. In a document in April on holiness in the modern world, Francis mentioned the devil more than a dozen times.

“We should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea. This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end up more vulnerable,” he wrote in the document.”

Of course, I cannot but be reminded of Flip Wilson’s famous tagline “The Devil made me do it!” (It’s on YouTube, youngins’!)

The Pope, in one sentence, takes “responsibility” and casts blame elsewhere. (‘(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past,’ Francis said.”)

It must be immensely useful to have an imaginary friend to take the blame for all of the bad things one does, kind of a spiritual whipping boy. As an atheist I feel limited in my ability to blame others for my failings … I want an imaginary evil friend toooo!

6 Comments »

  1. If I had a nickel… This is a fundamental flaw of grace by faith and third party forgiveness. Someone else made you do it, so someone else can absolve your responsibility. So much for free will.

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    Comment by jim- — October 17, 2018 @ 9:16 am | Reply

    • Ah, but in religious circles, nothing (absolutely nothing) is free.

      On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 9:16 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 17, 2018 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  2. Makes me sick!

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    Comment by maryplumbago — October 17, 2018 @ 10:09 am | Reply

  3. Yeah, well the pope’s imaginary pal best keep his/her/its eyes open and on the lookout for my imaginary best pal. My imaginary best pal can kick the living crap outa any other imaginary best pal who was ever imagined. I know this to be the truth cause I said so. Take that Mr. Pope.
    Oh man, typing that out felt so damn good!

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — October 17, 2018 @ 5:47 pm | Reply

  4. I don’t think pope Francis is taking any responsibility. All he wants is to be made aware, possibly to better shift the blame, or to do a better cover up in the future.

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    Comment by List of X — October 20, 2018 @ 8:42 am | Reply

    • Yep, that is why he refers to “the Church” when assigning blame. If he were a truly holy man, he would accept the blame personally as the current leader of the church and fix the problem.

      On Sat, Oct 20, 2018 at 8:42 AM Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 20, 2018 @ 10:14 am | Reply


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