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Yet Another Heart-Wrenching Report about Moral Depravity

Yet Another Heart-Wrenching Report about Moral Depravity October 5, 2021

Ordinarily I don’t pounce on news reports like this. It’s just too easy to point out the faults of religions and their leaders, and to score talking points about the advantages of being a free thinker.

But good god, here’s yet another monumental discovery about the sexual abuses within the Catholic church, which are so malicious it should send every Catholic running to the nearest exit.

Some 216,000 children – mostly boys – have been sexually abused by clergy in the French Catholic Church since 1950, a damning new inquiry has found.”

The Catholic Church claims to be a historical institution representing God’s church on earth—and as such—it claims to represent the epitome of God’s character. It touts itself to be the beacon of moral and ethical values. Yet as time marches on, it continues to prove itself as a spiritual harbinger that lacks any sort of moral compass. / Image by wendy CORNIQUET from Pixabay

The article went on to report:

“According to the Vatican statement, the Pope learnt about the report after he met visiting French bishops in the last few days.”

The abuse has been going on since 1950. Is the Vicar of Christ implying that the church hierarchy was completely oblivious to what was happening in France? Should not the Holy Spirit have whispered in their ears?

The article went on to say:

François Devaux . . . the founder of the victims’ association La Parole Libérée . . . said there had been a “betrayal of trust, betrayal of morale, betrayal of children”.

A “betrayal” he says . . . Which may be true, but a betrayal is only partially accurate. Saying the clergy and the church betrayed children entrusted with its spiritual care barely gets to the heart of the matter.

The Catholic Church claims to be a historical institution representing God’s church on earth. It claims to represent the epitome of God’s character. It touts itself to be the beacon of moral and ethical values. Yet as time marches on, it continues to prove itself as a spiritual harbinger that lacks any sort of moral compass.

I would implore Catholics—as well as any Christian of any other denomination—that if you want to be a better person you must leave organized religion. You must get out from under the liturgical mystic so characteristic of these institutions and become an independent, free-thinking individual. Otherwise, you will remain susceptible to their lure; to internalizing and justifying their moral depravities.

About Scott R Stahlecker
Scott Stahlecker is a former minister and now writes for Thinkadelics about the joys and benefits of living as a freethinker. He is the author of the novel Blind Guides and Picking Wings Off Butterflies. You can read more about the author here.

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8 responses to “Yet Another Heart-Wrenching Report about Moral Depravity”

  1. “Is the Vicar of Christ implying that the Church hierarchy was completely oblivious to what was happening in France.”

    No, the Vatican had a pretty good idea about what was happening. However they didn’t quite realize the scope of the immorality they condoned nor did they want the information to be made public. The Vatican was more concerned with the prestige and dignity of the Church than in the welfare of children.

  2. The Mormons are rife with child abuse (including child marriage in polygamous families), the whackadoodle fundies are rife with child abuse, the Orthodox Jews are rife with child abuse…I see a pattern here.

  3. You know, I had not heard that. I may need to educate myself more in that area.

    Despite the religious factor, I’ve always thought that Mormons in general raised strong and close families. The polygs are another story. I lived in and around polyg communities in Utah. They have a habit of kicking teenage boys out of their communities to allow for the older men to have more wives. These kids are called the “Lost Boys” and there are non-profits set up to try and help them off the streets and to make a life for themselves after the church excommunicates them.

  4. Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven, Carolyn Jessop’s books (they were made into a tv movie), Ruth Wariner’s The Sound of Gravel…these are all really good reads about the culture, which is pretty much all of Utah, much of Idaho, Arizona, and Colorado.

  5. I’ve read two of Krakauer’s books, Under the Banner of Heaven and Into the Wild. I’ll check out the others as I’m looking for new reads.

    I’m halfway through A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I wanted to get a feel for what life was like in Afghanistan, and it’s a good read.

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