September 11 means one thing to Americans, but the date has its own dark significance for Chileans. On September 11, 1973, General Augusto Pinochet launched a bloody military coup (supported by the United States), ejecting the democratically elected socialist president, Salvador Allende.
Pinochet spent the next 17 years suppressing civil liberties and committing human rights abuses. Pinochet set up concentration camps, and murdered at least 3,200 political enemies, imprisoned and tortured 29,000 more, and sent still more into exile. His secret police did not restrain their activities to Chile, cooperating with the U.S. and other South American governments to murder political opponents in “Operation Condor.” In his twilight years, he faked a mental disability in order to evade trial, and he lived out his years in luxury and died in without ever facing justice for his crimes.
Last week, Chilean Cardinal Jorge Medina held a mass for Pinochet just the same. During that mass, the Cardinal referred to a “stain on humanity.” He spoke of “shameful behavior” and acts that were “offensive to God.”
What was he referring to? Was it Pinochet’s crimes? His murders, kidnappings, suppression of civil liberties?
Nope. The stain on humanity was… wait for it…. waiiiit for it….
Madonna. (Yes, the crazy zero-talent old lady)
Pop star Madonna’s antics are lustful, a stain on humanity and offensive to God…
The atmosphere in our city is pretty agitated because this woman is visiting and with incredibly shameful behavior provokes a wild and lustful enthusiasm
“Thoughts of lust, impure thoughts, impure acts, are an offense to God and a dirty stain on our heart
Just to make sure you got this clear — Medina’s statements came during a homily commemorating the second anniversary of Pinochet’s death.
Rumor has it that next year, in a mass to celebrate Hitler’s birthday, Cardinal Medina plans to speak out about the evils of going to second base too early in a relationship.