What’s that Christian saying about not casting stones unless you yourself are without sin? I mean if there’s one institution that should keep that saying in mind, it’s the Catholic church, don’t you think?
Yet they’ve managed to do it again – inviting a hail of hard objects for their latest display of jaw dropping hypocrisy.
Here in the Christian, yet progressive little country of The Netherlands there are two Church related stories emerging at the same time this week (finally displacing the haunted eyes of the Dutch skating champion Sven Kramer who missed out on a gold medal gallery by a series of missed chances and bad luck – but that’s another story).
Back to the Church – and it’s own story of missed chances and bad luck: A few days ago, during the fun-for-all festival that sends all southern Hollanders into a frenzy of dance, drink and delirium, a priest refused Communion to the Carnival Prince because he was gay.
Of course he was asking for it – the priest I mean, not the gay churchgoer.
I mean hello, this is The Netherlands right? Gay Pride parades are our speciality; we have openly gay politicians, and even the top brass in the armed forces come to formal galas with their gay partners. So sure enough, a bunch of protesters dressed in pink arrived for communion yesterday in the southern town of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, also known as Den Bosch. They left in a pink fury when the priest announced that no one was getting communion that day.
The timing of the incident is unfortunate.
Sharing almost the same page in the newspapers is the story of the abuse of children at a monastery school in the east of the country. So Holland can join the disgraceful list of countries that for years turned a collective blind eye to priests abusing children in their care.
It’s not just the bald faced hypocrisy of all this that gets to me - its the stupidity of it. At a time when the Church is in crisis, when pews are emptying as fast as the seminaries, when nuns and priests are preparing to join the endangered species lists, you actually lock out people who defy the ridicule of their mates by wanting to go to church?
I mean get with the times folks. And eating a little humble pie wouldn’t go amiss either.
The gay protesters in Den Bosch wore signs that read: “Jesus didn’t lock anyone out”.
Jesus by the way, also said: Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Matt 7: 1-5)