Thursday, January 5, 2012 / 11:24 am

Diocese and Desist: Skewed Morality in America’s Largest Catholic Branch

People with funny hats who think they have the moral authority to tell people how to vote.

by Jim Washburn

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With the Vatican-blessed forced resignation this week of Southern California's popular, social justice-promoting auxiliary bishop Gabino Zavala, the church is displaying a curious moral code: If, as Zavala did, you father children you will be forced out of the church, while if you fuck children you'll be coddled, transferred and shielded from justice.

And these people think they have the moral authority to tell people how to think and vote. If you had that sort of hypocrisy going on in your house, you would probably be circumspect when it came to telling others how to live and vote, but then, you probably don't wear a funny hat.

Jim Washburn has written for the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the OC Weekly, various MSN sites and just about anybody else willing to trade a paycheck for a pulse.


Let priests marry please. Thank you for your attention in this matter.

2012-01-5 by rebecca

Thanks. You lay it out exactly as it is. Father Zavala has been dismissed while “conservative” (read: homophobic and anti-feminist) married Anglican priests are being painstakingly integrated into the Vatican’s Church. Hypocrisy beyond the pale.

2012-01-5 by Steven Dornbusch

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