It would seem that only religious belief can make people do stupid shit and open themselves to being exploited.
How do you draw the line between constructive life-supporting beliefs and destructive brainwashing?
If there is a god who allows terrible things to be done in his name, why is he deserving of worship?
I challenge any Catholic to watch this and still go to church, give to the church, (or even continue to pray to the catholic god) with a clear conscience. If you can, you are very good at compartmentalization and denial.
George Pell, the third most powerful catholic clergy, and already convicted of all charges of child abuse in late 2018, is about to face trial again in March 2019 for another set of child abuse allegations.
How long will it be when the allegations go all the way up to the pope himself? Will he suddenly retire for “health reasons” like his predecessor?
The catholic church is broken. We need to treat it like we treat any other organisation found to have committed, covered up, and perpetuated the most heinous crimes. It needs to be shut down and its assets seized.
But instead, we see them continually being pandered to. We see secular governments kow-towing to their practices. They may well believe in the sanctity of their confessional practices. But that doesn’t matter when it is used to cover up crime. They are no more special than any one else in society.
Of course not every catholic is evil. But if you continue to support an evil organisation, what does that say?
This is one perspective from inside American evangelicalism we don’t often see.
It is not an easy read.
And I can imagine it would have been even harder for the author to live through.
Because there is no greater morality than absolving yourself of all responsibility for your actions.
Since the Devil made them do it, then there is nothing the church or anyone else can do about anything. It must also therefore be God’s plan. The fucked-up logic is gobsmacking. That, or their God is an asshole that enables child rape.
The former chancellor of the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese, Robert Carlson, said under oath that he “wasn’t sure if he knew that it was illegal for priests to have sex with children.” This comes after he admitted to protecting predator priests when he was chancellor of the archdiocese in the 1980s.
The Catholic Church can no longer claim any moral superiority.
Read more at: https://ascienceenthusiast.com/archbishop-says-he-wasnt-sure-if-it-was-a-crime-for-priests-to-rape-children/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=aSE&utm_campaign=09102018
newly minted Mexican Cardinal has suggested that victims who accuse priests should be “ashamed” because they too have skeletons in their own closets. Those who “accuse men of the Church should [be careful] because they have long tails that are easily stepped on,” said Cardinal Sergio Obeso Rivera