Paedophiles, Millstones and Hellfire
I just couldn’t resist sharing this short article on the Pope’s promises of hellfire for priests who abuse children. In the article, the Pope promised that the punishment awaiting the priests in Hell was greater than the secular death penalty.
As Ben Goldacre put it on Twitter…
“you will be punished… in my imaaaagination”
But actually, the funniest part of this article is the punishment Monsignor Scicluna recommends:
Scicluna added that those who hurt children should be thrown into the sea with a millstone around their neck.
That’s positively medieval and arbitrary enough that it probably aligns rather well with the rest of their doctrines. No doubt the chorus of laughter at this arbitrariness would drown out the crash of the waves as the paedophiles would sink down. Of course, now one has to wonder where to get all the millstones… eBay?