I suppose it was inevitable: Every time Mel Gibson shoots his mouth off, every newspaper, radio, and television reporter starts jockeying for position, hoping to be the one to land an interview with Hutton Gibson, Mel Gibson's father. Hutton Gibson is a certifiable crank, and, at 91 years old, he doesn't seem to mind letting everyone know that.
This time, the "winner" was the Political Cesspool radio program—itself a hotbed of crackpottery. Set up with a series of questions about homosexuality and Freemasonry, Gibson declares point blank that Pope Benedict XVI is a Freemason working to destroy the Catholic Church from within (in part by creating the Novus Ordo Mass), and a homosexual who covered up clerical sexual abuse within the Church because of his own sexual preferences.
But what about the fact that Pope Benedict has restored the Traditional Latin Mass and has done more to confront the scandal of clerical sexual abuse than any Vatican official? That, declares Gibson, is just more proof that he's a "slippery character." Now that the Holy Father is getting bad press, he's covering his tracks.
That's the great thing about conspiracy theories: You can explain away any inconsistency by assuming that the subjects of your conspiracy theories think in the same convoluted ways that you do. You can also damn people for doing things that you would normally approve of: So Hutton Gibson, who wants to see the Traditional Latin Mass restored, finds Pope Benedict's restoration of the Mass to be proof of the conspiracy, while left-wing critics of the Catholic Church join Gibson in declaring that the Holy Father is a homosexual, even though they normally approve of homosexuality and attack the Church for declaring homosexual activity a sin.
Don't look for logic or consistency: The whole point of a conspiracy theory is to have your cake and eat it, too. Conspiracy theorists of both the left and the right can declare themselves morally superior to the Catholic Church, while indulging their own desire for slander.
There's a word for that: It's called "detraction," and it's a mortal sin. Left-wing critics of the Catholic Church, of course, don't care about sin, except when they can accuse the Church Herself of it; but those like Hutton Gibson, who regard themselves as more Catholic than the Pope, have no excuse for engaging in such behavior.