As an Episcopalian I try not to get too upset by the behavior of the Roman hierarchy. But sometimes my blood just boils and in the name of Jesus Christ I have to denounce the pope and all his minions:
By Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press Writer
DUBLIN — Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in Dublin covered up decades of child abuse by priests to protect the church’s reputation, an expert commission reported Thursday after a three-year investigation.
Abuse victims welcomed the report on the Dublin Archdiocese’s mishandling of abuse complaints against its parish priests from 1975 to 2004. It followed a parallel report published in May into five decades of rape, beatings and other cruelty committed by Catholic orders of nuns and brothers nationwide in church-run schools, children’s workhouses and orphanages from the 1930s to mid-1990s.
The government said the Dublin investigation “shows clearly that a systemic, calculated perversion of power and trust was visited on helpless and innocent children in the archdiocese.”
I don’t understand why anyone belongs to the Roman Catholic Church. It teaches love and justice for the poor, while raping and beating children. Hello?
Why would any thinking person belong to the Church of Mind Control, Dictatorship, Totalitarianism?
The Church of Rome has been a dictatorship for centuries, and these reports of child abuse have been published for decades; not much new here, just the release of a big new Report from Irish Officialdom. Nuns beating children in workhouses!
It’s straight out of Charles Dickens. But this isn’t 1850, it’s 2009.
All we can do is grieve for those children, and demand justice for the survivors—understanding justice as more than just a payout. The bishops should be publicly flogged, like King Henry II after he murdered Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.
I have Catholic friends, and I try not to oppress them for supporting a church that is evil. Confronting them doesn’t do any good or change any minds; people have a right to their beliefs. If you press them they all mouth a rationalization taught by the priests: “The People are the Church, the hierarchy isn’t.” That’s self-evident. Then they continue to pay the hierarchy!
This is exactly what led to the Protestant Reformation: thieving, abusive priests.
And though the Church of England has its own black history, and with it the Episcopal Church to which I belong, getting rid of the Pope has led to enormous reform.
St. Peter would never have tolerated any of this violence. The Church of Rome is repulsive to God.
This is a horrible tragedy, not only to the victims but universally; the theology of the Catholic Church is overwhelmingly beautiful and good. We need that today as much as ever.
So how did popes go so wrong? They created an evil organization in the name of the One Who Is Good. That couldn’t have been their intention; what caused this deadly reversal?
Several things: Christianity’s own success. The fall of the Roman Empire left a vacuum only the Church could fill. It was the Church that organized emergency feedings, the keeping of public order, the defense of cities and citizens. It was the Church that persuaded the wealthy to part with their money in the name of God.
But in the process the Church itself became completely corrupt, and remains so to this day. The Irish nuns who beat the workhouse children were trying to get more production out of them, in the name of some holy cause.
The Church became the center of learning; it attracted intellectuals and created universities, the Sorbonne, Oxford and others. The Church became a place to get ahead.
The popes acquired lands, benefices, wealth. Ascetic monks turned into CEOs.
And the Church liked all this, for the supposed glory of God. The current pope wears Prada shoes.
Do you remember when the pope was carried aloft in a chair? The Romans don’t do that anymore, it’s too grotesque an image for TV to see some jerk acclaimed as the “Holy Father,” but the culture of papal worship is still there—and encouraged by ridiculous assertions of supremacy and infallibility.
I wonder why my Catholic friends put up with it. They almost never read the Bible, but even they’ve heard that “The love of money is the root of all evil.” And the pope loves his money, grand food, beautiful gowns, stunning cathedrals. He lives his life surrounded by the greatest art the world has ever produced, with thousands of courtiers eager to kiss his ring.
I forgive my friends, they were born into the faith and told they must never leave it at pain of their immortal souls. So they continue to give money and fealty to a man who does not poop vanilla ice cream.
I am so glad for the English Reformation, especially as it’s developed in the Episcopal and Canadian Churches.
My Church, both Catholic and Reformed, has slowly learned after glories and degradations to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s taken centuries, but that’s the real News that’s very, very Good.
The same thing has happened and is happening in other Reformed churches, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, some Baptists, the Disciples, evidence is all around us if we look.
I desperately wish the same thing would happen to the Romans, but it cannot as long as the pope is exalted. He is the world’s leading homophobe, the world’s worst child abuser, the most despicable sexist, a warmonger.
Pro-life, papa? If only it were that simple.
The pope needs to learn humility, which he can’t do while paraded around in a chaise and Prada shoes.
I believe that at some point the papacy will collapse just like Rome did. You can’t keep discouraging people from ordination by ridiculous rules of men-only and no-sex, and expect to stay in business. I hope the collapse comes soon, for the very sake of the Catholic faithful and the good works the Church still carries on.
Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., the new capital of the empire, the Archbishop is threatening to withdraw all support for the homeless if the City Council passes a Gay marriage bill—inquisition politics in all its naked brutality.
Mind control dies hard. It has to be destroyed.
The roots of these policies of oppression are still elusive to me, I don’t understand it all in the grand sweep of history. But what I see is a failing Church that’s boxed itself into a corner. How the Church would thrive if it allowed, as the Episcopal Church does, married men and women!
The Bishop of Rome would be unstoppable. But the bad decisions of earlier popes choke him.
A true disciple of St. Peter would have welcomed the vocations of Gay people as Cornelius the Centurion was welcomed by Christ. This sincere, devout and honest man would be hailed as part of the future of the Christian religion.
But Roman perfectionism and its anti-sexual bias has made the Church a haven for pedophiles and rapists.
Get rid of the pope and over time you create progress. Keep the pope and you get Irish nuns beating children in workhouses.
You may not like Henry VIII and all his sordid excesses—but I don’t care. He got rid of the pope with his Latin fetish, allowing people like me to discover Jesus as he really is, the greatest moral examplar in the history of the world.
Jesus believed in God and so do I. The Way is simple: self-sacrifice for the ones you love.
Not bishops in Ireland covering up rape, beatings and cruelty toward children.++
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