1.5 million children stolen–guess who’s responsible?

I wouldn’t normally link to PZ because I assume you all read him anyway, but I just had an uncanny experience at his blog. I read the headline 1.5 million children stolen, and felt like I was suddenly Batman (as played by Adam West): “There’s only one organization that could have pulled off a plot so nefarious. It’s…” (dum dum DUM!, answer below the fold).

“…the Catholic Church!” And I was right. Of course I was right, Bat-deductions are always right!

But seriously, what does it say that when you hear about something horrible involving 1,000,000+ children, it’s a safe bet that the Catholic Church was responsible?

Okay, so part of the issue is that few organizations have the resources to pull off something that awful. Still, these stories leave me at a loss to understand why anyone who gives a damn about moral consistency is still Catholic (cf. Greta). Bracket the philosophical questions. Assume, for the sake of argument, that most of Aquinas’ metaphysics was actually correct. That doesn’t entail that the Catholic priesthood are God’s true representatives on Earth.

The Catholic Church’s justification for its existence is that there’s an unbroken line of authority-passing-on from Saint Peter to Benedict the XVI. And there’s scant evidence for that claim. Given all the forgeries and obvious legends in the history of Christianity, how confident can anyone be that the passing on of authority really happened as the Church claims?

Also, I understand that no one’s perfect, but don’t you think that if God really existed and He really had a Vicar of Christ, then He would take some minimal steps to make sure the organization run by His Vicar would not fall into “cartoonish, mustache-twirling evil” territory?

Oh, wait, I know this one. God works in mysterious ways. That’s it.

Peter van Inwagen’s argument for Christianity
Catholics: why aren’t you Protestant?
God: kind of like an abusive boyfriend
When passing a law is the easy route
  • silverbuttons

    When people tell me that Jesus loves the little children of the world, I must assume that they have a very different meaning of the word “love” than I do. Love surely does not involve standing by while children are kidnapped, raped, molested, and tortured. If I knew that a child next door was being abused, I would call the police. What does Jesus do when children are abused? Nothing. And being God in the flesh, you would think he could do something about it; after all, he is king of the universe and is even more powerful than Superman!

    #ell, I guess “God works in mysterious ways, and we cannot know every detail of his great plan.” Christians blather this statement all the time, but never provide the slightest evidence that there is any Plan at all, nor do they explain how the kidnapping and molestation of children fits into this Plan. No, the real reason why God does nothing is because God does not exist. This is quite simple and obvious to me.

  • http://oldtimeatheism.blogspot.ca/ andyman409

    I have to admit, if Christianity were true, I’d think that Jesus would want his church to be internally consistent in a similiar sort of way as the Catholic church. You know, how it tries to hold an “official position” on most social and theological issues, as opposed to the diversity of the Protestants.

    Of course, I dont think it is, and the Catholic church seems to evidence that rather well with all it’s contraceptives conundrums, child raping, and it’s obsession with early church myths and how fast bodies decay.

  • bachalon

    A friend and I once had a discussion about the line of succession: he brought up the Borgia popes to impugn the process itself; I pointed out that nothing is known about many of the early church fathers.

    • http://oldtimeatheism.blogspot.ca/ andyman409

      I dunno… The fact that nothing is known about early church fathers is technically an argument from silence. On the other hand, the Borgias seem like fairly definitive proof that the line of succession is wrong :)

      • bachalon

        Heh, yes. His is a good one.