No sooner had the Vatican announced a third world Pope, when the first world well fed comfortable horny de jour writers of our time led a full force attack à la the politics of genitalia. Why golly gee, you would think that these writers never missed a meal in their life, the way they placed sexual issues above the Vatican’s choice of a man who took the name of St. Francis that could possibly help at least relieve some of the brutal and senseless poverty on this planet.
Susie Bright once said, “Lust does make liars of us all”. Boy, oh boy is that statement ever true. Victorian America raging with its Puritan hangover and its hedonistic counterpart are screaming red herrings every which way but loose. We have got those against gay marriage, and those who are for it. There is a plethora of other peccadilloes: Feminists against pornography. Pedophiles treated worse in prisons than serial killers. Preachers, Priests, and Politicians caught with their pants down, and those pointing the fingers at them crying “hypocrites!” unable to see their own hypocrisy.
Arbitrary ethics rules the roost in the folly of genitalia politics, as everyone and his brother is pushing for Prop this and Prop that, state by state, and hoping for that great and glorious day if or when they get a crack at the Supreme Court. All of this for the praise or condemnation of the lower half of the human body. There seems to be no end to the shouters and shriekers and pundits of this folly. Meanwhile in this din of this Psycho-Babylon hasn’t anybody stopped to say, “What about the poor and destitute of this world?” Yes, someone has: The Roman Catholic Church.
Oh, but you object? Don’t they have sex scandals, too? Yes, they do. Is it evil? You bet it is. Should something be done about it? Yes, it should. When? Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Are abortion, homosexuality, and the debate over contraceptives important? Of course, they are. But first things first. There are priorities. The priorities are these: the pyramid of affluence must be turned upside down. So you disagree? Well maybe you disagree because you are not suffering in agony of Aids in Africa. Maybe you disagree because you are not a starving orphan on the streets of Brazil.
The fact is is that life threatening issues take precedent over life diminishing ones. The Catholic Church is not a Democracy. It does not need your vote. To its critics of this new Papal pick, I say, I will critic the critics. For even if the Church fed every person in the world (which it should do), those obsessed with the politics of genitalia would never be satisfied, because most of them couldn’t give a damn if the wretched of this world starved to death. For after all, like Scrooge’s sentiment before his conversion, it would help decrease the surplus population.