Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Phoney Priest, Phoney Church

The arch-swindler, charlatan and mountebank Francesco Forgione, who preferred to be known as Padre Pio, has been finally exposed for what he was by a new book by the Italian historian, Sergio Luzzatto.

Forgione, you will remember, exhibited what he claimed to be the 'stigmata of Christ' on his own hands throughout his time in the priesthood, and it was for this reason alone that he rose to prominence and power within that totally corrupt organisation known as the Roman Catholic church, and was finally canonised to become Italy's most loved 'Saint'.

Luzzatto discovered evidence in the Vatican's own secret archives which included the testimony of a pharmacist that she had provided Forgione with the carbolic acid that he subsequently used to burn the phoney stigmata on his hands.

Naturally this proof of Forgione's deceit has not gone down well in Italy, where 'Saint Pio' is apparently prayed to more than 'Jesus' himself, but then that's only fitting since Forgione spent his life preying on the gullible mass of Italian morons who now hold his memory so dear.

Pietro Siffi, the President of the The Catholic Anti-Defamation League has responded with the allegation that Signor Luzzatto is a liar and is "spreading anti-Catholic libels". Siffi then offered complete exoneration for Forgione's swindling with this risible claim:
"We would like to remind Signor Luzzatto that according to Catholic doctrine, canonisation carries with it papal infallibility."
Quite!

Siffi continued with this rather unwise exhortation from a so-called 'believer':
"We would like to suggest to Signor Luzzatto that he dedicates his energies to studying religion properly."
As anyone who studies religion will come to the ineluctable conclusion that the whole business, for it is a business, is nothing but a complete fraud visited on the ignorant, superstitious and psychopathological amongst us, but then what is the purpose of 'The Catholic Anti-Defamation League' if it is not to stop anyone questioning their stupid religion.

Those interested in more details on how Padre Pio faked his stigmata with acid can find the story here, in today's 'The Telegraph'.

4 comments:

papalazarou said...

I do so love that Papal infallibilty business - a major stroke from a previous pope - "I'm infallible whenever I say I am". Talk about rigging the table to favour the house! No Hoyle's for the RC casino.

The Merchant of Menace said...

Who needs old Edmund when you've got God on your side, guffaw.

audrey said...

The sad thing is that they'll probably still keep praying to the fraud.

P.S. Been thinking of you lately and wondering how you are doing. Would that I could send you some of our lovely sunshine today. :-)

The Merchant of Menace said...

Thanks for the kind thoughts, Audrey.

I often think of you too - even visit your blog from time to time to check up on how you and your family are.

Could have done with your sunshine weather today, but your comment has brightened things up.

All the best to you and yours.