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  •  yep, it's pretty corrupt (1+ / 0-)
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    Here's a link to an interview with a sex abuse survivor and a few  excerpts from that interview:

    MARTIN: I guess - I want to go back to a question I probably should have asked sooner, which is - why do you think the abuse that has been documented to have occurred in the '60s, '70s and '80s, happened? And why do you think that the scandal unfolded as it did?

    HOATSON: Two principal reasons, and there are many -obviously - points to come after those two reasons. But essentially, number one: Wherever power and authority are abused, children will be abused, and all other people will be abused. So the Catholic Church is a very closed, insular society with one leader, and everyone is answerable to that leader. When that leader can then have ultimate authority over everyone in the organization - well, that's abuse of power.

    When power is not shared, when authority is not delineated to various people in the organization, you're going to have serious, serious issues. And the pedestalization of the priesthood as a result of that - in other words, priests are other Christs. Anybody who develops an ego or a narcissism that is centered around, I'm as - almost as good as God; and he must practice, then, mandatory celibacy; and he has sexual urges - well, you add God and urges and boy, that little altar boy at 7 o'clock in the morning starts to look pretty good, in terms of outlets for sexual pleasures and gratifications.
    ...
    MARTIN: I also think it's important to point out that just as of last month, you chose to leave the priesthood voluntarily. You were granted permission by the pope, which is required; it took about a year. Can I ask why you decided to leave the priesthood, which has, in fact, been your vocation for your entire adult life?

    HOATSON: Well, unfortunately, the Catholic Church has been corrupted to its core. And I felt that I could not remain inside that structure. There is so much yet to be revealed about the inside of the Catholic Church that it's just mind-boggling. And I couldn't remain a part of that institution, and remain faithful to my own integrity.

    Bolding mine.  An ex priest so I think he has some credibility.

    Not just sex but money too - the Vatican Bank scandal and the priest arrested just last week for smuggling 20 million € in order to help friends.

    Not to mention all the priests who have preached which way they think their parishioners should vote despite being in a tax-exempt organization.

    Yes, there are good priests and nuns and laypersons, and even organizations within the church doing genuinely good work.  But there is A LOT of corruption - this comment could fill several books - and the authority is based on an actual forgery.  So although calling it utterly corrupt may be a little hyperbolic, it's not much.  

    We are not the tea party.

    www.tapestryofbronze.com

    by chloris creator on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:22:46 AM PDT

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