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    the Middle Ages, with it's pernicious doctrines about women and sexuality?  The medieval Church was in many ways the greatest charitable organization the world has ever known, but that didn't stop it from burning Bruno at the stake and silencing Galileo.  And the new Pope's riding the bus to work doesn't eliminate the fact that he cooperated with the Dirty War AT LEAST, by his own admission, through excessive passivity.  

    A church that expresses solidarity with the poor but does not strenuously oppose state fascism is, IMO, a pretty piss poor example of Christianity.  It reminds me of why I'll never send a penny to my alma mater:  they gave one despicable alumnus an honorary degree--Clarence Thomas--but let two truly heroically Christian ones die with no recognition at all--Michael Harrington and Phil Berrigan.  Yeah, identify with the poor & excluded but not in any way that irritates your big donors.  Hmmm--what other organizaton does that remind you of?

    The Church has, at least since Constantine established Christianity as the state religion, put its own institutional welfare above the practice of the most obvious Christian virtues.  The relative emphases may change from time to time, but the first priority has always remained the same.

    "If you don't read the newspapers, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you're misinformed." -- M. Twain

    by Oliver St John Gogarty on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:01:11 AM PDT

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