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have read the excellent essay and read comments without really knowing what the
‘correct’ response is. I still don’t know. George Carlin’s quote: ‘It’s a big
club and you ain’t in it’, is certainly appropriate. My father hated the
Catholic Church and all it stood for, and his opinions made a deep impression
on me as a child and adolescent, and therefore as an adult. He condemned the
anti-birth-control stance and accused the church of attempting to take over the
world by shear weight of numbers; he condemned the transfer of wealth from the
poor to the rich, which the church condoned and participated in. As an adult I
have discovered that the lies and hypocrisy of the church were far worse than anything
my father had mentioned, and that the Catholic Church literally led the way in
physical enslavement of Africans, led the way in conquest of land and theft of
resources, and led the way in developing instruments of torture and repression.
Last century ‘good’ Catholics aided, abetted and participated in numerous acts
of mass murder and grand-scale theft, and many were more than very sympathetic
towards fascism. More recently came all the revelations of child abuse. The
film ‘Oranges and Sunshine’ brought to public attention the abuse of
‘motherless’ English children, some of whom were shipped to slave labour camps
operated by ‘good’ Catholics. More recently still there have been reports of
endemic corruption in the Vatican’s financial sector. So now the head of this
despotic organisation, this global corporation of manipulators liars and
criminals, says some aspects of the system it has promoted for centuries need
attention. Yeah, right! The cynic in me asks why now? This sudden revelation of
basic truth known and covered-up for generations is now available for
discussion, now that the church has been exposed as rotten to the core I smell
a rat. Goodness me. Next the church might start promoting the actual teachings
of Jesus! And that simply would not do. The air is thick with neuro-linguistic
programming while the real news remains unreported, even by less-disreputable
of the media. . . .I think everything will continue to be ‘safe’ for global
corporations (including the Catholic Church) for a while longer because the
empty rhetoric of ‘called again upon nations to narrow the wealth gap’ still
applies, and that means HE is not responsible and others are required to take
action, not HIM. Carlin summed it up long ago. Any system that imposes
arbitrary rules about wearing hats or not wearing hats, covering hair or not
covering hair is all bullshit. He said he was a good Catholic boy until he
reached the age of reason, which for him was age six or seven