Number 4 Bigot of the Year 2012: The Catholic Church

28 Dec
Number 4 Bigot of 2012

Number 4 Bigot of 2012

Regular TSM readers know that I have real suspicion of organized religion and its role in privileging dominant forces in the power structure, thus sustaining a white, heteronormative discourse. While some denominations have inched toward inclusion and social justice, the Catholic church leadership of the 21st Century has abandoned its traditions of caring in favor of narrow political dogma and oppression–completely abandoning any dedication to social justice. This year, the hate filled voices of Pope Benedict XVI and his bishops have proved that more loudly than ever.

Not content to stick with centuries old traditions of misogyny and homophobia, the bishops danced a cruel jig across the lines of church and state, issuing proclamations about candidates and electoral issues willy nilly. Some, like Newark Archbishop John Myers, went so far as to suggest that priests refuse communion to parishioners who support marriage equality, reproductive choice, or progressive candidates–my, Who Would Jesus Hate?

The church spent the year emptying its venomous purse as well. The single largest contributor to anti-equality campaigns in the four states that voted on marriage equality this fall was the Catholic Church. It spent over $2 MILLION fighting fairness. When added to money contributed by the Catholic group Knights of Columbus and the National Organization for Marriage, a church ally that uses local congregations to raise funds, Catholic contributions exceeded $6 million. How much poverty could that fight? How many lives could have been saved instead of harmed?

Just to add insult to injury, the Pope used his biggest speech of the year, the Christmas Message, to spew a little more homophobia and transphobia.

There is no denying the crisis that threatens it (the family) to its foundations — especially in the Western world. When such commitment is repudiated, the key figures of human existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child — essential elements of the experience of being human are lost.

Again I ask, who would Jesus hate?  I don’t want to dismiss the progressive Catholics that exist, but I feel it necessary to remind everyone that every time you tithe, a portion of that tithe goes to Rome and the Pope.

Sadly, there are a number of homophobia dishonorable mentions this year. High on the list, nearly taking the crown from Benedict’s head, is the Boy Scouts of America, which pretended to consider its anti-gay policies and then doubled down on them. Fake researcher Mark Regnerus and his “gay families are harmful” study funded by NOM and its Catholic allies wraps up this unholy trinity in a foul shroud.

Additional dishonorable mention goes to NOM itself and to the ironically named Family Research Council. Both spent huge amounts of time and energy spewing homophobia and pretending to offer “balanced” views to common sense positions of equality. Happily, they lost just about every issue they supported.  So much fear, misogyny, and homophobia.  I guess it is true, the squeaky wheel (Pope Benny the Rat) wants the grease.

17 Responses to “Number 4 Bigot of the Year 2012: The Catholic Church”

  1. dykewriter December 28, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    seriously, wears dresses, lives in a castle with all men, protector of pedophiles and cannibal…

    how did this become a moral leader position?

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 28, 2012 at 11:13 am #

      Very good question! Sadly this ball of hate holds great power.

      • dykewriter December 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

        i guess it makes sense in a world where there’s more clinical psychopaths in the capitalist system than the prison one.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

        Very nice point!

      • dykewriter December 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

        I was asking my roommate yesterday

        how much she thinks that the various greivances about workplace bullying cost the employer to fight to defend the bully employees and managers

        they are basically no different than the catholic churcn protecting pedophiles

  2. Lelio Risen December 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Is that picture from the Papal performance in “La Cage Au Pauxpes?’

    All kidding aside, Pope Adolf really should be #1. How could there be 3 worse candidates, considering the platform that this man has to do evil?

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm #


      Indeed it was difficult to put the many many nominations into a top Five, but I tried to be respectful and honoring of the almost 3 million people that sent me nominations. I hope you will approve of the rest of the awards. Many thanks for commenting.

  3. webwordwarrior December 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    Egad! That picture should be blocked by NetNanny. Itis far too creepy. Is he a Brothers Grimm Pope?

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

      I believe this is the picture Benny had published just before he married Gollum.

  4. nevercontrary December 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Have you heard about the moment of people un baptizing themselves because of what the pope has said recently about gays. I found it truly moving.
    What he says is so horrifying. I wonder what bible he is reading because the bible I grew up reading did not say what he says.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

      I don’t know what bible he is reading; I think it is the bible according to Hitler the Pope.

  5. Bruce Thompson December 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    When people turn inward to their own source of LIGHT and wisdom to guide them on this journey called “Life” will the wolves in sheep’s clothing perish in the dust of the earth.

    Michael: How do I put a proper pix in this response box?

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

      That was a lovely comment. I think if you put the url to the picture in the comment, we should see the picture, but I’m not sure. I will investigate.

  6. Shannon 1981 January 1, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    Hey Folks, here is something to sign if you are so inclined. It is a petition to have the Catholic Church declared a hate group in light of their hateful activities and that disgusting speech by the Pope at Christmas Eve.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 1, 2013 at 7:48 am #

      Thank you for chiming in here. I’m sad that this is true right now, but the Pope and his minions have made the Catholic Church into a Hate Group. Thank you for providing the link. My heart goes out to those that are progressive Catholics.

      • Shannon 1981 January 1, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

        You know, Michael, I will now be frequenting your blog. I have a lot of this stuff sent to my email, and I am always happy to share.

        I truly hope the progressive Catholics stop supporting this current Pope and his version of the Church. It is difficult to leave the fold. I know, because I did it from a fundamentalist upbringing. But sometimes…we can’t ignore what is a toxic organization and its activities.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

        I’m so glad you will be frequenting my blog and look forward to what you will share and your insights. I find that other people’s experiences only help to make for a far richer dialogue. Many thanks, Michael.

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