As powerful as the Catholic Church seems, revelations about pedophile priests forced Catholicism to take a hit. No one knows how deep the Church’s pockets go, but lawsuits have cost it billions.
Catholic schools have been closing in droves. Tax-free donations to the Church continue what can only be described as a free-fall. But an institution with so much money and clout isn’t about to fall anytime soon just because of a bloody nose. Seemingly as strong as ever, which of course it’s not, it still likes to fight back. Hired hands are fast to go on TV and call anyone and everyone who dares to speak the truth about the Church, a Catholic basher.
Talking about Catholicism isn’t religion bashing. Just as a blog talking about Islam isn’t automatically a “Hate Blog.”
This blog is the first to admit few would have predicted that after Muslims would lose World War I, World War II, lost the Ottoman Empire and lost all the wars against the State of Israel, that the World would still give Muslims a monopoly on oil and allow Muslims to mount a worldwide campaign against Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and just about every other “other.” Muslims call us infidels, but they’re the infidels.
Depending on when in history you’re talking about, it’s possible to switch the word for one religion with another. Not to say there’s anything wrong with certain religions, but let’s try switching the word Christianity with the word Islam. Who would have thought, when Nietzsche called Christianity the
“one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct for revenge for which no expedient is sufficiently poisonous, secret, subterranean, petty – I call it the one mortal blemish of mankind,” that his words would someday be echoed by the pope’s? Although it took the papacy years before it came around to this conclusion, finally, on April 15, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI said he was “ashamed” of pedophile priests, and for the first time ever a pope actually came close to putting something ahead of Catholicism’s long-time numbers game. This was the first time a pope said, “It is more important to have good priests than to have many priests.”
The tenets of the world’s major faiths are far more fluid than most adherents care to admit. When push comes to shove, the pope can change just about anything in Catholicism he wants. But being conservative by nature, the bishops almost always elect a pope who’s bound to carry the torch for what’s tried and true.
Christianity, like Islam, proclaims its supposed moral authority. However, moral authority never stopped Christianity or Islam from positioning self-righteous tyrants who use their faith as the vehicle to worship whatever god, devil or shibboleth that works best for the acting clergy at the time.
Don’t forget, the Vatican is a state run by a religion just as Iran is a state run by a religion. And the pope is on American soil right now to spread the power his state wields on the rest of the world. How’s he gonna do it? By looking like a winner. How’s he gonna look like a winner? By going to Yankee Stadium and Congress and the White House. Meanwhile, what’s the super-Christian, Jimmy Carter, doing to look like a winner to the other part of the world? He’s kissing Hamas’ ass. Licking their balls. And loving every minute of it.