Who will be the new Pope: the mafia guy or the pedophilia guy?

Who will be the new Pope? UPDATE: The smoke has turned white, the new Pope has been selected. As of this writing, no idea who he is yet.

We’d reported the other day on one of the top Pope candidates, an African cardinal from Ghana named Peter Turkson who thinks pedophilia is a white thing. Well, step aside Pope Pedophilia cuz Pope Mafia is knocking on the door.

Pope Mafia?

The Guardian reports that another top favorite for new Pope, Angelo Scola, is none other than a man tied to a movement in Italy linked to what the Guardian calls “pervasive sleaze.” There’s another even more unfortunate angle to the story: the Mafia.

Cardinal Angelo Scola

Cardinal Angelo Scola (ChinellatoPhoto / Shutterstock.com)

As Alexander Abad-Santos at the Atlantic explains, the Italian anti-Mafia police in northern Italy have been investigating “the possibly corrupt health-care system, which anti-mafia detectives claim has been run by Scola’s longtime pal, Formigoni, who just happens to be part of the same lay movement in which Scola is now being tied up in. ”

Of course, before anyone gets giddy thinking this means Scola’s out, keep in mind who we’re dealing with here: People who aid and abet pedophilia.  What’s a potential mafia tie to people who shrug off the rape of children?

Or Racist Pope Pedophilia?

Ghanian Cardinal Peter Turkson via Haiducul, Wikipedia.

Ghanian Cardinal Peter Turkson via Haiducul, Wikipedia.

Then there’s Turkson, the Ghanian cardinal.  You see, Turkson not only thinks the Catholic church’s pedophilia is actually a gay thing, but he also thinks that pedophilia, and homosexuality, are white things, so they’ll never be a problem with the church in Africa.

Uh huh.

As I explained in my earlier post, the notion that “homosexuality is a white thing” is a theory embraced by a number of bigots in Africa, but it’s also a theory that holds some weight with some in the black community here in the states as well, and is used to justify homophobia generally, but also that specifically directed against gay African-Americans.

Here’s Turkson talking to Christiane Amanpourn about the white problem of pedophilia:

When Amanpour asked Turkson about the possibility of the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal spreading to Africa, he said it would unlikely be in the same proportion as it has in Europe.

“African traditional systems kind of protect or have protected its population against this tendency,” he said. “Because in several communities, in several cultures in Africa homosexuality or for that matter any affair between two sexes of the same kind are not countenanced in our society.”

So the African body politic has a way of shutting things like homosexuality down.  The hits just keep on coming with these folks.


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