Vatican and it’s multiple sex scandals.
With so many sex scandals going on within the Catholic Church, what’s lost in the discussion is what I think is the higher level scandals.
The Vatican and the Bishop hierarchy in any country where the Catholic Church has branches have spent decades covering up for pedophile priests, intimidating victims and their families and moving the pedophiles to new parishes and new victims.
Even when a priest was exposed as a pedophile, the church protected/defended them and didn’t excommunicate them. Sometimes, even allowing them burial with all their priestly adornments.
Here’s the first higher level scandal: apparently, to be immediately kicked out of the CC, you have to either ordain a woman to be a priest or be gay.
This disparity between the offense and the Vatican’s response to the action – protect the pedophile but excommunicate the gay man or man who ordained a woman.
That the CC is so offended by gay men having sex with other gay men, but aren’t concerned with men having sex with, usually male, children and teens. Makes you really question their claim of having any moral authority when consensual adult to adult sex is punishable but non-consenting adult to child/teen results in protection.
Gay men are often accused of being pedophiles and groups like NAMBLA don’t help. But the reality is that far more girls are sexually abused than boys, yet sexual abuse of boys by men is deemed to be worse than sexual abuse of girls by men.
And curiously, sexual abuse of boys, especially teen boys, by women, especially hot teachers, is more a wink wink lucky boy than outrage.
Further, sexual abuse by an adult to the opposite gender child/teen results in a public demand for that adult’s punishment. While sexual abuse by an adult to a same gender child/teen results in a public demand for all homosexual adults to be purged from the teacher ranks or whatever profession the individual happened to be in.
Sex, sexual attraction, sexuality, gender roles, age of consent are a complex mix of preferences, beliefs and attitudes – to add religion and puritanism to the mix casts a shadow of guilt, shame and misinformation.
The second higher level scandal is that the people who are promoting a faith clearly are not bound by the rules of that faith. So, how much can they really beleive in the faith they seek to impose on others or hold others accountable to?
A person can’t really beleive in hell and then molest children and teens.
Because if the death bed conversion loophole can overcome a lifetime of traumatizing other people, then there’s little reason to follow any religion during your life and only beleive on your death bed.
It’s funny to me that many religious people try to paint atheists as lacking a moral code, when religion fails to provide any at all. Moral codes don’t have loopholes or work-arounds.
Letters from the evil Mother Teresa released after her death indicated that she had stopped to sense her god and was having trouble maintaining her faith. Yet, to restore her faith, reconnect her to her god-sense, she wallowed in the suffering of other people who were ill and died in her hospitals that had no doctors, no nurses and no medications.
Her fetish for suffering consumed not only the people unfortunate enough to go into one of her facilities, but also the nun-nurses who carried out the maintenance of the dying.
Suffering is next to godliness, but when the evil Mother Teresa was dying, she went to a hospital with medication, nurses and doctors. So, do we interpret that as her own rejection of her god?
Religion is not a force of good or positiveness in the world.
Religion doesn’t teach people to care for and look out for each other – as evidenced by the Mormon and Catholic Church’s continual efforts to prevent gays and lesbians being equal under the law.
Religion doesn’t teach community either – look how many religions there are – they aren’t one community – they are all factions competing against each other for members – and the CC just did a major outreach to poach disaffected Anglicans.
Look at the honor killings in Islam – this week a man in Arizona ran over his 20 year old daughter for being too Westernized – a few months ago, a man in Toronto murdered his second wife and his three daughters because one of the girls dated a white boy – and by second wife, I mean he had 2 wives and they claimed the second one as the nanny for immigration.
Pedophile Priests, Missionaries, Crusades, Witch Trials and the list of death, damage and cultural destruction goes on…..
Humans are intolerant and sexist – and while religion is not the cause of it, it is usually the justification and inspiration for that behaviour. Religion is the formalization and systemic expression of making intolerance, discrimination and sexism a cultural norm – as evidenced the special consideration and exemption for religious behaviour that we do not give to secular associations.
Region’s affirming of intolerance and discrimination also makes that intolerance and discrimination seem divinely ordered, authorized and even desirable – giving rise to people thinking that it is their divine mission to carry out acts of violence against those that they do not like.
Mother Teresa claimed to want to help the poorest of the poor, the sick and dying. But her hospices did not have doctors or nurses or medicine. There was no pain relief, because of her belief that suffering makes you closer to god – so she surrounded herself with other people who were suffering in order for her to feel god.
She jetted around the world, taking money from average Westerners to the wealthiest of evil dictators – there was never a public accounting of where all those funds went – but it sure wasn’t into healthcare.
She also advocated against women in poor countries having reproductive control – and essential element to elevating women’s social and economic status – all MT’s being against this basically ensured more dead children as women had babies in larger groups to ensure a few survived into adulthood.
And, when Mother Teresa died – you may not have noticed, since it was the same weekend that Princess Diana died – Mother Teresa had been in a real hospital, with doctors and medicine – she was not in one of her warehouses of suffering.
You can be good for it’s own sake, for what it contributes to your community.
If you are being good in hopes of being rewarded in heaven or avoid punishment in hell, then you are actually only seeking reward/avoiding punishment – and not actually doing good at all.
be good for it’s own sake
you can be good, and more often than not, it’s without any gods
if you do any reading about gods, you will learn that they are murderous, jealous, petty, egotistical, intolerant and really, not anyone you’d want over to your house for coffee and cake.