The Catholic church violate many human right in history, so why are there still so many Catholics?
Starting from the Inquisition, to the Crusades, follow by the Pop endorsing Hitler killing Jews prior and during WW2 and then working with like minded European government, to throw unwed mothers into Catholic prison and confiscate their children during 1970s and today encouraging hate, even endorsing violent towards of gays and lobby government to enforce Catholic church's own version of bible sharia law. The Catholic church has a pile of record of human and civil right violation in human history. So, why are there still so many Catholic, today?
Because there are many ignorant people out there who do not want to educate themselves and be up to date. No offense towards Catholic people. My opinion is based on things which go wrong and openly while people pretend all is fine.
Many Catholics have this need for religion. They feel that without Roman Catholicism, their lives would have no meaning. There are those among Roman Catholics who view their religion as a type of afterlife insurance, a sort of afterlife protection. Although they believe very little to none of their religious rules, they use their religion to look good in the eyes of God. They feel that if they are Catholics, they will have a shot of getting into Heaven.
Many are merely nominally Roman Catholic who use the religion for societal approval and appearance. They also use their religion for political reasons. Many Roman Catholic politicians use their particular religion to get the Catholic and/or even general vote, particular in religious societies such as America where religious affiliation is still influential as to whether a politician gets elected or not.
There are those who are Roman Catholic just to say that they are Roman Catholic. Although they are Roman Catholic, they believe NONE of the teachings of the Roman Catholic faith. They wear their religion as a statement. Others are Roman Catholic because their families have been Roman Catholic for generations. They feel comfortable in their religion; they either do not want to upset the traditional construct or are too fearful to break away from their religious tradition.
There are some who are Roman Catholic because they were taught that their religion is the only legitimate and/or sacrosanct religion in the eyes of God. They feel that all other religions are in error. They feel that they are the religiously elect on earth. They furthermore feel that Roman Catholicism is the only way to get into Heaven.
Most are Roman Catholics because of indoctrination from early childhood. They were told to believe in Roman Catholicism from parents, teachers, and/or religious authorities. Most of this indoctrination is based upon fear, guilt, and/or manipulation, particularly the construct of original sin, the seven deadly sins, and hell. They are Roman Catholics out of fear and/or guilt.
Well, I am a Kenyan and the British colonized us, yet we still tolerate them in our country. Should we kill all of them because of the stupid things that their ancestors did? An apology from Queen Elizabeth for all the atrocities that she and her people committed is long overdue. That however, does not mean that all the British people are full of crap. I have met and heard of very many nice British people who are not racist at all.
This is my roundabout way of saying that while the Catholic church has done some horrible things, they have also done some good (I am not even Catholic by the way). Should we judge all of them based on what was done by people who are dead?
The Roman Catholic Church is the largest private provider of care to HIV/AIDS patients in the world.
So far as all of the assistance that the Catholic Church is providing to the sick, poor and disadvantaged all over the world, the statement above barely scratches the surface.
Furthermore, nearly every group in the world has committed cruel and inhumane things in the past. And so far as that goes, nearly every adult in the world has a past that includes committing negative things towards others.
It's really easy to assemble a list of wrongs of any organization that's been around for 2,000 years. If you judge any religion by its errors, they all come up short.
Catholic social teaching has always emphasized support for the poor and the sick. Over the course of the church's history, it was often the only place the poor could find food and comfort, and the sick could find medical care. The Catholic church is still the largest non-government provider of education and medical care in the world. It runs hospitals, orphanages, clinics, and care centers for those with leprosy.
Many of the sins on your list are actions taken by the church, rather than doctrines of the church, which is why there are so many believers. When America elects a president who does bad things, do people stop being Americans? No. They ride it out, hold on to their beliefs, and hope for a better future. I think Catholics have done the same thing throughout history, and still do so today. I know many people who identify as Catholic, but disagree with the church's stance on homosexuality, marriage, and ordination of women.
One last thing: the Catholic church does not endorse hate or violence toward anyone. On homosexuality, the current pope recently said:
"When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem. They’re our brothers."
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