13 June 2002
THE FRIDAY THE 13TH ANARCHIST REPORT
By the Friday the 13th Anarchist
It is not that I am saying Roman Catholics are practicing an Ugly religion. What I am saying is that those who run the church and its doctrine make Roman Catholicism Ugly.
Many in this country hate Catholics, including the KKK. They do not like a people whose religion causes them to answer to a Pope in Rome. Still, other resent the fact that Roman Catholics feel they are the only religion whose members are the only truly saved ones and who will be taken into heaven in the final days. Many others oppose the Roman Catholic Church on its views against allowing Contraceptives. I say it is an Ugly religion because of many other reasons.
I once was a practicing catholic but no more. I quit being Catholic after researching the Catholic religion and reading of all the horrible atrocities the Roman catholic church has carried out in the name of God, including the Crusades. Also, the abandonment of Orphan children to families who would not take care of them, or the placement of children in institutions where they will likely be abused.
Look at the Magdalene Laundries In Ireland and the orphans who were put on a boat and sent to Australia to work like slaves to be told there parents were dead all lies kidnapped from Ireland and forgotten. And now the cases of priests being allowed to molest children and their being allowed to get away with it. The Roman Catholic Church has paid out millions of dollars in Hush money, over this matter.
Take the case of WWII and Pope John who sat back and collaborated with the Nazi's and allowed the Genocide of thousands of Jews, Gypsies, and retarded and crippled individuals. And then there is the case of the Catholic Church shutting down churches and consolidating them when the steel towns went down and Catholics needed their churches the most.
Many beautiful churches have been destroyed and desecrated. My own grandfather’s beautiful church was closed and allowed to be vandalized and burnt to the ground. Other churches have been turned into Brew Pubs and more. All with the Church and their apologists thinking a couple of comforting words will solve every thing .No words will ever change what the clergy has done to this world and nation.
It is time that the Roman Catholic church stop and take a very serious look at itself and do some drastic changing or it will be a non religion in this country. There are many Ex-Catholics, like myself, who are outraged at what the church has allowed to happen. Many of us will never return.
There is no Apology that any one in the Roman Catholic Church can give for the Church’s behavior in the latest molestation scandal. It is totally unconscionable that such behavior be tolerated in a civil society. It is time to see that those Bishops and Cardinals involved are dismissed and replaced, also new laws and doctrines written and adhered to. Then, maybe, will the Roman Catholic religion once again be respected.
The author of the above commentary, as a former Catholic, has taken the position that the Roman Catholic Church was negligent in allowing various acts to take place in its past, including the more recent flap over child abuse cover-ups by various heads within the church. Although I cannot condone what this relatively small group of priests have done, as it pertains to children in their personal care, I can say with certainty that the same sins are sure to be visited upon the clergy of other religions. This author hardly can believe that Catholic clergy alone are guilty of such grievous and sinful actions.
As to the issue of the Crusades--none of us alive today lived during the time that the Crusades took place. There is just about as much relevance to this complaint as there is the the issue of "reparations," where no black man, woman, or child alive today lived at the time when slavery was common.
Isn't it a fact that so often people mean well, but what they end up doing is merely repeating what they've been told through the Left-leaning media? The issue of Crusades is certainly one of those issues where our less-than-professional news media gurus have made such statements time after time and so many have accepted them as their own.
May I suggest that it is wrong for society to call into remembrance all events of the Catholic church since Christ ascended, putting Peter in charge of the His Church? May I suggest that it is wrong to unload everything at once on a clergy who can be morally guilty of only what they, themselves have done? And then, may I suggest, that it is the job of Jesus Christ to judge them and not others?
Personally, I am careful not to judge others unjustly, although I fail miserably at this task. (Just look at Al's Views if you doubt my word on this.) My dear friend, the Anarchist, is not the exception today, but he is the rule.
In closing, may we remember the most important lesson taught by Jesus Christ concerning how we judge others. May it serve as a guide to our future thoughts and future words. –Al Colombo
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Thank you. --Al Colombo
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