Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.
The media has been fanning the flames of anti-Catholicism this month and now
a columnist for the state owned ABC in Australia is comparing the Pope to Osama bin Laden and asking, “Why not bomb the Vatican, and riddle the Pope with bullets as he staggers out of the flames?”
Columnist Bob Ellis, in what has to be the most alarmingly ignorant and offensively anti-Catholic piece in the mainstream media, compares Pope Benedict to Osama Bin Laden:
Let’s consider for a while the comparable crimes, or iniquities, or sins, or misdeeds, or culpable errors of Osama bin Laden and the Pope. Osama’s followers killed 3,000 people in New York and around 700 more by terrorist acts in London, Bali, Madrid and Mumbai in the past eight years and desolated maybe 20,000 lives of the relatives of the dead.
The Pope’s followers desolated, perhaps, 100,000 lives (or this is my guess) by sexual depravity in the past 80 years and killed, perhaps, (this too is my guess, I ask for yours) no more than 5,000 smashed and embittered Catholic boys and girls they drove to suicide or drunken oblivion and early death in those years.
He says the two are “comparable pretty much” and asks “Why then do we not bomb the Vatican and obliterate Italy for harbouring this criminal mastermind, this known protector of evil predators? Why do we not pursue him through the sewers of Europe and riddle his corpse with bullets?”
Ellis suggests that it’s because the Pope is white that we don’t act. Never mind that the Pope hasn’t done anything wrong and, in fact, has done great work in confronting the issue.
While the media wrings its hands over “Tea Party” violence which hasn’t actually occurred, the media is doing nothing short of inciting anti-Catholic hatred by promulgating falsities, half truths and putting the Church’s enemies like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens with their absurd story about arresting the Pope center stage.
Is it a surprise that just this week the Pope’s childhood home was vandalized with obscenities concerning the sexual abuse scandal. And as the media ratchets up the baseless attacks this will all likely end in violence.