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Why are people still Catholic? October 17, 2011

Posted by shaunphilly in Religion, Skepticism and atheism.
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What will it take?

What possible misdeed could finally push people away from this monster?

I mean, a plethora of examples of sexual abuse of children in the last several years have not driven them all  away.  There are also the less media-fun indulgences which have come back from the dead of pre-Enlightenment days.  There is the problem of condoms and the subsequent HIV problem in Africa and elsewhere.  Also, there is the fact that there simply is no evidence for their ridiculous theological claims.  But that’s not really morally awful so much as it is epistemologically tragic.

But then again, at least the Catholic Church has not been responsible for child-theft and trafficking, right?  I mean, maybe one or two Catholics have done such a thing, but at least it has not been a systematic and decades-long problem involving hundreds of children.

Nope.  It’s apparently been hundreds of thousands of children for 50 years.

Up to 300,000 Spanish babies were stolen from their parents and sold for adoption over a period of five decades, a new investigation reveals.

The children were trafficked by a secret network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns in a widespread practice that began during General Franco’s dictatorship and continued until the early Nineties.

Hundreds of families who had babies taken from Spanish hospitals are now battling for an official government investigation into the scandal.
Several mothers say they were told their first-born children had died during or soon after they gave birth.

Disgusting.  Beyond disgusting.  If you are still a Catholic, you have some serious explaining to do.  I cannot fathom an excuse sufficient to satisfy me here, but by all means try.  I question your moral compass if you ever walk into a Catholic Church for anything except escaping the zombie apocalypse.  OK, I might accept attending someone else’s wedding, or possibly in order to simply look at the architecture of many beautiful cathedrals, but there is no excuse for attending a Mass and giving any money to the church anymore.

You’ve long-ago ran out of excuses.

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1. Wesley Fenza - October 17, 2011

Dude, I wouldn’t worry about it.

http://olrl.org/misc/jones_stats.shtml

2. Jeff Ferguson - November 12, 2011

“More recently, the scandal of the sexual abuse of children by priests has caused many Catholics to cease practising. They feel that they cannot associate themselves with an organization that manifestly put preserving its secular reputation above the interests of traumatized children. I quite understand how such people feel. I have no wish to be associated with or offer any support whatever to such an organization.

“However, there is a mistake here. The organization guilty of this abomination is the set of fallible human beings that presently constitute the Catholic Hierarchy: Pope Benedict XVI; Cardinals Law and Murphy O’Conner and the rest of the sorry lot. It is not the Catholic Church – the Body of Christ – that is guilty of the outrage. The hierarchy is not identical with the Church. Not even the Platonic Form of the Ideal Hierarchy is equivalent to the Church, still less the set of sinners that currently pastor Christ’s Faithful! To leave the Church because of the wickedness of the present leadership is inappropriate.”

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pharseas.world/why.html


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