2010. Year of the Priest
You may not be aware that 2010 was year of the priest. That’s right, with the paedophile scandal was raging, the catholic priesthood was quietly celebrating themselves. But to be fair, the paedophile scandal isn’t going away any time soon so they may as well get on with telling themselves how great they are.
The mascot of the celebrations was one Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney (1786-1859), the Patron Saint of all priests, canonised in 1925. A French priest, he was born just before the French revolution.
When we think of the revolution we often think of the poor beleaguered aristocrats, being trundled up to the guillotine to have their heads cut off. But in fact there were two levels of government the revolution had to deal with. The aristocrats, which were the Second Estate, and the Clergy who were in fact, the First Estate (now I wonder who came up with that?) The revolution significantly clipped the wings of
priesthood. Given that the Catholic church had provided the ‘moral guidance’ that helped create and justify the extractive system that was pre-revolutionary France, breaking the power of the Church had a huge impact in ushering in a better, more equitable and efficient system.
According to the priesthood themselves, they were being persecuted (what else is
new?) The Catholic church still holds this view. Vianney grew up in a world where
priests were not allowed to perform the sacraments (you know, the hocus pocus, puddin’
pie that the priests have to perform if we’re to be safe from the talking snake).
His pious Catholic parents
had to sneak around to secret hideouts to pray with
the priests. Since it was illegal and dangerous for priests to do this, Vianney got it into his head that priests were some kind of heroes.
Having become a priest, he wrote a particularly interesting sermon to his fellow priests which was used as the basis for the 2010 celebrations. In this homily, Vianney makes two of the most outrageous statements I’ve ever heard out of the mouth of a priest (and that’s saying something). As much as I despise priests, even I would never have thought they would be so arrogant and narcissistic. He stated:
Priests are better than angels.
Priests are more powerful than god.
Yes, you heard me correct.
Better than angels. More powerful than god.
Below are the interesting extracts and see the entire sermon here (in case I’ve taken it out of context).
Firstly, let’s stop to think how great we are:
What is a priest! A man who holds the place of God--a man who is invested with all the powers of God. … When the priest remits sins, he does not say, “God pardons you”; he says, “I absolve you. “At the Consecration, he does not say, “This is the Body of Our Lord;” he says, “This is My Body.” …
Secondly, let’s consider the fact that we’re better than angels:
You might have two hundred angels there, but they could not absolve you. A priest, however simple he may be, can do it; he can say to you, “Go in peace; I pardon you.” Oh, how great is a priest!
And last (but certainly not least) let’s discuss how we’re more powerful than god:
See the power of the priest; out of a piece of bread the word of a priest makes a God. It is more than creating the world. . . . Someone said, “Does St. Philomena, then, obey the Cure of Ars?” Indeed, she may well obey him, since God obeys him.
If I were to meet a priest and an angel, I should salute the priest before I saluted the angel.
Of the priesthood we can truly say, no degradation too low, no lie to outlandish, no crime to heinous, no narcissistic claim too arrogant.
Who are these men?
Vianney says one true thing when he says without priests there can be no religion:
After God, the priest is everything. Leave a parish twenty years without priests; they will worship beasts. … When people wish to destroy religion, they begin by attacking the priest, because where there is no longer any priest there is no sacrifice, and where there is no longer any sacrifice there is no religion.
The last 2000 years has been an incredible example of faith-FULL-ness of the members of the Jewish cult. They have endured inconceivable persecution including mass murder, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the ghettos, second class citizenship - all of which culminated in the holocaust. Throughout this, Jewish people maintained their faith. There must have been some that said “adiós” to the cult, but most were either forced to convert or they fled - their countries, their homes, their families - all to maintain their faith.
It seems oddly suspicious then that the Old Testament is nothing but a full-on bitch session about the Jewish people constantly a-whoring after other gods. The Old Testament writers (the Jehovah-only priests) do nothing but bitch, bitch, bitch about the faith-LESS-ness of the Jewish people.
No matter how many miracles Jehovah performs for them - the escape from Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, the Manna from Heaven, Joshua’s victories in battle - the Jewish people seem almost chomping at the bit to ditch ol’ Jehovah for some other people’s gods. Moses pops off to get some intel from Jehovah and no sooner is his back turned, the people are off worshipping
the Golden Calf! And these people were actually eye-witnesses to the parting of the Red Sea! I mean, really - what does a god have to do?
Even wise old Solomon. No sooner has he finished building the great Temple of Jehovah (about the size of small chapel) then he’s off a-whoring after other gods.
5For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 6And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. 7Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 8And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
And the Jehovah-only priests whinge and complain that no matter how much they persecute, no matter how many temples they destroy, no matter how many people they murder, their minions will just not get under - and stay under - the boot! Even Jehu the famous murderer of Jezebel and Ahab as well as their entire extended Royal family, destroyed all the worshippers of Baal, and then proceeded to “worship the golden calves.”
And yet this all seems such a contradiction to the known history of the last 2000 years. So what exactly is going on here?
The oldest parts of the Old Testament (Genesis to 2 Kings) was written down in the seventh century BCE, during the reign of Josiah. The stories of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Jezebel, Elijah all happened centuries before the stories were written down.
Or did they?
Archaeologist have found much evidence of the destruction of the old pagan temples and their sacred objects, but they can tell the devastation took place in the seventh century. The Jehovah-only priesthood popped up in the seventh century, ran amok destroying temples and murdering people (a bit like angry missionaries) and then back-dated all these Bible stories to give a ‘historical’ narrative that all led to them taking over.
So it turns out that Jehovah-only priesthood’s story after story after story about the faith-LESS-ness of the Jewish people are – wait for it – just a big fat whopping lie!
Who’d have thunk?