Many children are abused in churches. The most notable church is the Roman Catholic Church. However, the Roman Catholic Church isn't the only church that abuses children. There are many Protestant churches that abuse children. Seldom are the culprits punished for the abuse. They are either transferred to other parishes or they get away w/their offenses because of their positions of power. These poor children are irrevocably damaged because either their parents refuse to believe them because to these parents, the priests or ministers are God incarnate or the children are simply ignored or even thought to be lying. For too long, churches had inordinate power over their congregation. Many religious figures feel that they have license because of their positions. Your thoughts?
I agree that there is far too much abuse happening within church organizations from physical to psychological. Churches have been extremely effective at protecting their own. Much like the blue line for police, members of the church are afraid or unwilling to hold their own accountable and the victims suffer exponentially because of this. I was raised Roman Catholic, as was my wife. She had a much more positive experience than I did. I wasn't physically abused but spent too much of my youth battling concepts of low self worth and burning forever in a lake of fire and sulfur. I can only imagine the damage done to the lives of those who have been physically abused by priests or other members of the church.
A bit off topic but a television series that I have enjoyed that deals with the topic is Ray Donovan.
Churches are no different from any other organization. The reason they shock us more is that they are supposed to be working for God. The reason they irritate us more is because they set themselves up as moral leaders. An abuse scandal at Google doesn't have the same level of outrage in response to it.
I was raised Roman Catholic too. But when I was in Amsterdam and I realized that the building of St. Peters basilica was in a large part funded by sailors who paid double for an indulgence (double because they paid before the sin as they would not have time after the sin to confess). The sailors would then go to prostitutes and immediately head back to their ship and said for a few months.
So you could pay in advance for your sins. Read more about this here: https://scholarship.rollins.edu/mls/7/
It's an organization and it will do what it needs to, to protect its own interest. So all these scandals are shocking, I am shocked too. But I must say that the fact that they are trying to be covered up is not surprising. It's sad, but not surprising.
There are men, (even in the Catholic Church!) who do not believe the Bible.
They behave in a wicked way and think they will not have to answer for the damage and injustice?
That the church harbors and hides these men is not good. It is unjust and it is "wicked."
The church itself has karma to deal with, to correct.
Let the Church, (via the POPE,) correct it's karma by dealing with the injustice openly and apologetically. Then let it adhere more strongly and more openly to the reality and the miracle of transformation and of salvation for every soul. Let it encourage and instruct so that all Catholics make it to the safe shores of HOME/BLISS.
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