In what was suppose to be a nod to the traditional moral teachings of the Catholic Church, South American socialist Pope Bergoglio “urged homosexuals who are already priests or nuns to be celibate and responsible to avoid creating scandal” according to the Reuters news service.
With his book, “The Strength of Vocation” soon to be released, Reuters also noted, “It is better that they leave the priesthood or the consecrated life rather than live a double life,” the Argentinian pontiff said.
§ 1. Quite opportunely the Fifth Lateran Council [1512-1517] issued this decree: “Let any member of the clergy caught in that vice against nature, given that the wrath of God falls over the sons of perfidy, be removed from the clerical order or forced to do penance in a monastery” (chap. 4, X, V, 31).
§ 2. So that the contagion of such a grave offense may not advance with greater audacity by taking advantage of impunity, which is the greatest incitement to sin, and so as to more severely punish the clerics who are guilty of this nefarious crime and who are not frightened by the death of their souls, we determine that they should be handed over to the severity of the secular authority, which enforces civil law.
§ 3. Therefore, wishing to pursue with greater rigor than we have exerted since the beginning of our pontificate, we establish that any priest or member of the clergy, either secular or regular, who commits such an execrable crime, by force of the present law be deprived of every clerical privilege, of every post, dignity and ecclesiastical benefit, and having been degraded by an ecclesiastical judge, let him be immediately delivered to the secular authority to be put to death, as mandated by law as the fitting punishment for laymen who have sunk into this abyss.
S. Pius V, const. Horrendum, 30 Aug. 1568.
To boil it all down, here’s the thumbnail version;
Catholic prison. Keep in mind that “forced to do penance in a monastery” in the 16th century made today’s maximum security look like an outing at a day spa.
Still deviant? No prob… we’ll turn you over to the civil authorities.
Just because you were a priest, that doesn’t make you someone special. The truly unrepentant have a date with the gallows.
While some may say that the bulla put forth by the sainted Pope is no longer enforceable, they’re just, well… wrong.
What took the Spanish monarchy 350 years to do, Barack Obama has managed surpass in a mere six. As reported by the PJ Media news portal (via Google News) on Feb. 7, 2015, a minimum of 2,464 people have been dispatched by Obama’s drone campaign since his assumption of office in 2009. Despite the American Chief Executive’s pontificating at the Spanish Crown’s 350-year long inquest done “in the Name of Christ” during a recent National Prayer Breakfast, the cold hard facts show that The New York Times-dubbed “Obama’s secret kill list” has dispatched more humans to the hereafter than the Spanish Inquisition could have ever hoped for.
Provocative photograph, isn’t it? I hope so — it was meant to be.
For those of us old enough to remember, the image of Nguyễn Văn Lém, formerly of the Viet-Cong, at the receiving end of a field expedient execution at the hands of Saigon’s Chief of Police General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan was the iconic anti-war instrument of propaganda to end all instruments of propaganda … ever.
What the anti-war mob never told us is that Lém’s execution happened during the Tet Offensive, martial law was declared and the shooting was in the wake of Lém assassinating a Saigon police deputy commander. Oh, I almost forgot, Lém has just slaughtered the wife and children of said police deputy.