Jewish Journal

The Vatican, sex abuse and Kentucky Fried Chicken

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 1, 2010 | 9:47 am

“South Park” is no stranger to religion. The list of references goes on and on and on and on and on and ... well, you get the point. How else could I have managed to mention the show in at least 51 posts since The God Blog’s creation?

Last night, in another excellent episode, this time medical marijuana and the KFC black market, Cartman offered some timely attacks on the Vatican. At three different times in the episode, including the above clip, Cartman answered a question in the affirmative by dragging in Pope Benedict the XVI. Here were his answers, in order of appearance:

“Does the pope help pedophiles get away with their crime?”

“Is the pope Catholic—and making the world safe for pedophiles?”

“Does a bear crap in the woods? And does the pope crap on the broken lives of 200 deaf boys?”

That last line really showed me the writers of this episode were up on their current events, or have at least been reading The New York Times. It also seems a bit unfair.

Funny? Yes. But Pope Benedict has been the first pope to come out strongly against pedophile priests, even if he didn’t help protect altar boys before he was pope. To say that he’s making the world safe for pedophiles isn’t even hyperbole. I hope, at least, that it’s just wrong.

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