Pat Condell’s Case Against The Catholic Church

Pat Condell’s Case Against The Catholic Church March 27, 2010

After a tasteless joke early on, he’s justly scathing and deserves to be heard:

Christians are too blithe when they distinguish the evils perpetuated by Christian institutions from those same institutions’ claims to moral and spiritual authority as founded by God or, at least, to their being the church of God at all. How in the world could a morally perfect God create institutions expressly for the purpose of spiritually and morally perfecting human beings and let them become so utterly indistinguishable from any other institutions in terms of their possible corruptibility?

You can’t have it both ways, you can’t believe an institution is divinely formed for transmission of divine truths and simultaneously concede that it is as fallible as the human beings who run it. Because then why not just draw the logical conclusion, that those who instituted were simply fallible human beings, all its claims are fallible, and that it itself has no intrinsic claim to moral or spiritual authority? What besides brainwashing from infancy into considering the church somehow set apart, somehow a holy institution and an authority, when there is not the slightest evidence of any such thing?

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