The Catholic Church: Dead Meat

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If you’re Catholic, please don’t take offense to the headline here. I am not anti-Catholics. Hell, I grew up surrounded by Catholics. A family that helped raise me, the Garganos, lived two houses away on Emerald Lane. They were wonderful people; devout Catholics. So, again, this is not again the worshipers, per se.

The church itself, however, is a joke.

A big, fat, pathetic, sad joke.

If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and read Laurie Goodstein and David M. Halbfinger’s riveting piece from today’s New York Times, titled, Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal, An Office That Failed to Act. The piece is an absolutely descimating blow to the Catholic Church and its current leader, Pope Benedict XVI; a recapping of the sex scandals but, more important, a look into why they happened, why they happened so frequently, why they went on (and still go on) for so long and why both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict did almost nothing to stop the evilness from taking place.

It’s funny—even though I’m Jewish, I always sort of viewed the Church as this untouchable, holier-than-holy institution that cared for the poor, fed the hungry, etc … etc. Man, was I naive. The Church is, to be blunt, a machine. One that uses faith to grip parishoners around the neck until they are bled of both money and feistiness. Why has the Church never fully admitted to/tried to fix their wrongs? Easy—because admitting wrong shows humanity, and showing humanity shows frailty, and if you show frailty, how can you lord over the lives of ordinary people? Or, in other words, behind the stained glass and the crisp gowns and the majestic choirs and the Christmas Eve spectacular is, well, a dude. Lots of dudes. And they burp and fart and pick their noses and, at their absolute worst, molest little boys. They are expected to be Christ-like, yet it is an unattainable goal. So, in falling short, they fall waaaaay short. The whole lot of ’em.

And that’s the Catholic Church. Which is OK, because it’s finally being exposed for what it is. Which means, I hope, that soon enough people will start leaving. Stop going. Embracing their love of God and, perhaps, love of Jesus without falling under the evil spell of the wicked men of Catholicism.

Amen.

7 thoughts on “The Catholic Church: Dead Meat”

  1. Sort of a broad brush Jeff, no? As a life long practicing and Catholic educated (high school and college)person I agree that the Church has had many failings but there are just as many (and more) successes in helping the poor, the ill, the afflicted etc. in our society.

  2. I come from a deeply Catholic family too in Massachusetts. My dad stopped going to church because he just viewed it as corrupt from the top very early on this decade.

    I could never get into religion and was forced to appease my grandparents basically. One of the churches I did attend had a priest that was EXTREMELY well-liked/hippy-ish and made me want to go to church for it was not boring.
    However, he was accused by a victim who came forward from the 1970s and was forced to leave. Don’t know if it was true, but it was definitely disheartening and shocking.

    Do check out this amazing documentary called DELIVER US FROM EVIL that came out in 2006…
    http://movie-critics.ew.com/2010/03/27/the-catholic-sex-abuse-scandals-on-film/#more-6577

    Here’s the trailer…

    It’s just one of the best documentaries I’ve seen as they just got a goldmind out of Father O’Grady as he is so baffling and complex. It’s eerie how honest he is and then seeing his face not match up at all with what he’s saying. Just brutal.

  3. There are many other ways to comfort the afflicted. It’s funny to me how Catholic people always pull the I’ll-admit-we-did-that-but-we-also-accomplished-this card. What about the wars? The inequality among gays and women? The everything. And the only thing worse that the church itself is the mindless defenders of its front doors.

    NOTE: I love when Barry Pepper quotes the bible before each person he snipes in Saving Private Ryan — I really do. Oh, and when Samuel L. Jackson quotes the bible in similar fashion in Pulp Fiction. Good shit.

  4. I am the catholic church. Some of my fellow members have betrayed the mission of the church. Having been a catholic priest for over 20 years and having known hundreds of priests and nuns who were loyal to the mission and teaching of Christ, I resent your condemnation of our organization as whole because of the betrayal of some of our members. Name one human organization that is not tainted by the evil of some of its members. Are all human organizations then to be condemned and disbanded? “Some of my best friends are Catholics” is insufficient to counteract the condemnation of an entire organization.

  5. Dave:

    Jeff said, “So, again, this is not again the worshipers, per se.

    The church itself, however, is a joke.”

    I don’t think Jeff is condemning the entire organization, just the heads of the church who have failed to act for years and years and years. And years.

    And he’s right. The response by the heads of the Catholic church is an insult to us all. It borders on criminal.

  6. Many churches are loosely based on the bible. The Catholic Church is such an organization.
    They call their priests “Father”. The bible says:

    Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

    Since the Bible pertains to things of the spirit this does not refer to your parent.
    This references our spiritual guidance. The Catholic church establishes itself as the spiritual authority bypassing the authority of God.
    So it is no wonder they have set up a church in rebellion against God.
    When Paul wrote to Timothy establishing the guidelines of how the church was to be managed he made it very clear that only someone that had been married was qualified to oversee the church.

    1 Timothy 3
    :2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
    :3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
    :4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
    :5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
    :6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
    :7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

    The word translated “bishop” is the Greek word, “episkopos”.
    1) an overseer
    1a) a man charged with the duty of seeing that things to be done by others are done rightly, any curator, guardian or superintendent
    1b) the superintendent, elder, or overseer of a Christian church

    Clearly the RCC (Roman Catholic Church) has chosen not to follow that wise advice.
    When the abuse appeared they had no experience in dealing with such an extreme problem. That is where the experience in dealing with a family comes in (verse 5). In their pride they have fallen. When the church offices were raided in Belgium pride cause the Pope to condemn. Instead of welcoming an investigation to put an end to the abuse.
    When a church rebels against God, then God removes his hand from that church.

    Again in Timothy we find a warning about such a church when we read:

    1 Timothy 4
    :1 ¶ Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
    :2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
    :3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

    At one time priests did marry, but in these Latter Times the church Forbids their priests To Marry.

    Are there good Catholic people?
    Certainly, in my lifetime I have also known good Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Atheists, etc.
    Doing good deeds does not make a church or people faithful to God.

    For what it is worth I find it very difficult today to find any church that is faithful to God. Just as the bible warned would happen at the very end of time.

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