The catholic church has over the years been in problems.Has it lost influence in religion?
There are scandals all over and many seem to rejoice at the turmoil the pope is in to cleanse and sanctify the church. Could this be a mark of a world going to its knees because there seems to be no one ready to carry the cross of a society which is seeking total freedom from religion.
They only see the Pope, as a symbol instead of the leader's with honest opinions. He's the face of the faith like our president is of our country.
Arch Bishops and Bishops and others assist him afraid to attract controversy so they rather he stick to scripts when he needs to speak honestly from the heart.
He's an official leader of that Vatican, wwho his cabinet just can't remove because of his views.
I would say that at this moment, many have lost faith in the Catholic Church because of the past it carries and the current scandals that the Church has been so slow to act upon. When the Church did have supreme power in Europe, many experienced the extensive corruption and violence done in the name of the Church and as a result, Europe has not forgotten the fallacy of what once was the cornerstone of the Christian faith.
As a result, many variants of the Protestant faith have flourished, grown and are now waning because people see the same hypocrisy and corruption in these churches as they have in the Catholic faith. There's less of a willingness to commit to a faith or tradition, because of a lack of trust.
I think many are seeing what extreme views mixed with religion can produce...sectarian violence and wars, along with racism and bigotry. Never has the old saw been more true "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition".
Churches can never be sanctified unless the people in them are willing to hold those in power accountable. And before they can start preaching to the world what should or should not be done, they have to cleanse themselves...otherwise, they are no better than Pharisees in their apostasy.
That's how I see it.
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