Belgian Archbishop Calls AIDS ‘Inherent Justice’

What is it with Catholic clergy? These guys just don’t know when to zip it! From Reuters:

Belgium’s Roman Catholic Church, already reeling from allegations of sexual abuse, faced a new scandal Friday after its primate wrote that AIDS was “a sort of inherent justice.”

Many lawmakers condemned Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, the head of the Belgian church, for the remarks in a new book and Belgium’s center for equal opportunities received a series of complaints, including one by a lawyer who said his comments were incitement to hatred.

The Church is struggling to recover from the resignation of the Bishop of Bruges in April after he admitted sexually abusing a nephew.

In his book “Monseigneur Leonard – Conversations,” the archbishop referred to a remark by the late Pope John Paul II who said, when asked whether AIDS was a punishment from God, that it was difficult to judge God’s will.

“I would not at all think in such terms. I do not see this illness as a punishment, at most a sort of inherent justice, a bit like how we are presented with the bill for what we do to the environment,” Leonard said…

[continues at Reuters]

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20 Comments on "Belgian Archbishop Calls AIDS ‘Inherent Justice’"

  1. Anonymous | Oct 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm |

    The concept of justice implies that the guilty are punished. Which makes the Bishop’s statement all the more ironic, considering that the AIDS epidemic began in the Belgian Congo, when researchers used improper procedures in medical experimentation with monkey retro-viruses, then callously tested their formulas containing tainted blood on Africans in villages across the river from the research lab. If this were about “justice” only the Belgian researchers should have died of AIDS, since they were the dipshits who created it. Moreover, if there were any justice, all the priests in the Catholic Church who are irresponsibly telling people around the world that condoms do not prevent AIDS, or that people shouldn’t use condoms because using contraception will lead to hell & damnation ought to get the disease themselves for basically preaching genocide.

    To say such a thing in Africa especially, where there are entire villages of nothing but orphans of the epidemic, is fracking sinful.

  2. The concept of justice implies that the guilty are punished. Which makes the Bishop’s statement all the more ironic, considering that the AIDS epidemic began in the Belgian Congo, when researchers used improper procedures in medical experimentation with monkey retro-viruses, then callously tested their formulas containing tainted blood on Africans in villages across the river from the research lab. If this were about “justice” only the Belgian researchers should have died of AIDS, since they were the dipshits who created it. Moreover, if there were any justice, all the priests in the Catholic Church who are irresponsibly telling people around the world that condoms do not prevent AIDS, or that people shouldn’t use condoms because using contraception will lead to hell & damnation ought to get the disease themselves for basically preaching genocide.

    To say such a thing in Africa especially, where there are entire villages of nothing but orphans of the epidemic, is fracking sinful.

  3. Hadrian999 | Oct 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm |

    tell me more about this loving god

  4. Hadrian999 | Oct 18, 2010 at 10:49 am |

    tell me more about this loving god

    • emperorreagan | Oct 18, 2010 at 11:10 am |

      He’ll give you AIDS if you don’t convert by the end of the business day.

  5. They must be talking about the Old Testament guy…cuz that god was a dick. Guilty or innocent…that dude would commit genocide just to illustrate a point during a conversation. Supposedly he got mellow after he had a kid…but with a track record like that…fuck him…I wouldn’t trust him on general principle…it’d feel like hiring a sex offender as a babysitter

  6. They must be talking about the Old Testament guy…cuz that god was a dick. Guilty or innocent…that dude would commit genocide just to illustrate a point during a conversation. Supposedly he got mellow after he had a kid…but with a track record like that…fuck him…I wouldn’t trust him on general principle…it’d feel like hiring a sex offender as a babysitter

  7. emperorreagan | Oct 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm |

    He’ll give you AIDS if you don’t convert by the end of the business day.

  8. Anonymous | Oct 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm |

    So where is the “inherent justice” for all of the priest/child rapists who walk among us protected by the vatican and all of the coward parents who don’t seek justice for their children? This ‘religion’ never ceases to disgust and embarrass me…move over Islam, Catholicism won’t be givin’ up the title of most perverted, screwed up, under educated, judgmental, cowardly peasants ever without a fight…

  9. bigncornfed | Oct 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm |

    So where is the “inherent justice” for all of the priest/child rapists who walk among us protected by the vatican and all of the coward parents who don’t seek justice for their children? This ‘religion’ never ceases to disgust and embarrass me…move over Islam, Catholicism won’t be givin’ up the title of most perverted, screwed up, under educated, judgmental, cowardly peasants ever without a fight…

  10. Earbudcontender | Oct 18, 2010 at 5:21 pm |

    not being able to have sex with hot women or else you lose your job is inherited justice. But if you have sex with some small and vulnerable well just transfer you its understandable.

  11. Earbudcontender | Oct 18, 2010 at 1:21 pm |

    not being able to have sex with hot women or else you lose your job is inherited justice. But if you have sex with some small and vulnerable well just transfer you its understandable.

  12. emperorreagan | Oct 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm |

    GOOD THING HE ONLY FUCKS LITTLE WHITE BOYS WITHOUT A RUBBER, ODDS ARE GOOD THEY WON’T HAVE AIDS YET.

  13. emperorreagan | Oct 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm |

    GOOD THING HE ONLY FUCKS LITTLE WHITE BOYS WITHOUT A RUBBER, ODDS ARE GOOD THEY WON’T HAVE AIDS YET.

  14. Anonymous | Oct 19, 2010 at 1:00 am |

    As an ordained pope, I declare Catholicism a degenerative brain disorder.

  15. dumbsaint | Oct 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm |

    As an ordained pope, I declare Catholicism a degenerative brain disorder.

    • Liam_McGonagle | Oct 19, 2010 at 11:30 am |

      That brings an interesting question to mind. Just why is it that we haven’t been able to put together a decent schism in the last couple of hundred years? For a good chunk of the church’s history it was well nigh to impossible to say who really was the “legitimate” pope.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-pope

  16. Anonymous | Oct 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm |

    That brings an interesting question to mind. Just why is it that we haven’t been able to put together a decent schism in the last couple of hundred years? For a good chunk of the church’s history it was well nigh to impossible to say who really was the “legitimate” pope.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-pope

  17. What does the bible and a penis have in common? They’ll both be forced into you by a priest.
    What’s the difference between acne and a priest? Acne doesn’t come on a boys face until he’s at least 13 years old.
    What do you give a pedophile who’s got everything? A new parish.

  18. What does the bible and a penis have in common? They’ll both be forced into you by a priest.
    What’s the difference between acne and a priest? Acne doesn’t come on a boys face until he’s at least 13 years old.
    What do you give a pedophile who’s got everything? A new parish.

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