Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Trouble With the Vatican

Has anyone been wondering, like me "What the heck is going on with the Vatican?" Today Pope Benedict meets with Victims of sexual abuse in Malta. Last week British Atheist leader, Richard Dawkins, called for the "Holy Father's" arrest on the grounds that he assisted in the widespread cover up of sexual abuse by Catholic Priests. The Pope, this week, became engaged in more controversy over a letter he signed arguing that the "good of the universal church" should be considered against the defrocking of an American priest who committed sexual offenses against 2 boys, back in the 80's, before he became Pope. The Vatican has stated that the Pope is beyond reproach, as he is a head of state, yet the United Nations has not recognized the Vatican as a member, which raises the question as to weather or not this arrest is even possible. Dawkins believes he can exploit the same legal principle used to arrest Augusto Pinochet, the late Chilean dictator, when he visited Britain in 1998. This will probably not happen, however the implications that the notion of arresting a Pope brings are astounding.

Over the course of the last 10 years, and probably beyond, the Vatican has come under heat, as story after story is revealed about children, usually young boys, with detailed recollections of sexual abuse by Catholic Priests. This horrible phenomenon has even caused some to say that the Catholic Church should change its rules and allow priests to marry, as this would solve the problem of displaced lust. It has even been stated that the Vatican is well aware of these scandals and has allowed it to continue for decades. If this is true, it holds very serious implications.

The story of how Catholicism started is an interesting one. During the Dark Ages, at the dawn of Christianity, early Christians were persecuted for their belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Murders, tortures and arrests were common within the Roman Empire, for anyone who was even suspected of being a follower of Christ. Yet the religion continued to grow and spread throughout the Empire. Prior to this period, the Romans were a pagan people, believing in multiple Gods who served many purposes. When the Roman Emperor, Constantine, began to take notice of the violence and disturbances taking place within his empire because of the Christian persecution, he decided to legalize Christianity but not in it's current form. Constantine combined these two spiritual ideologies, Paganism and Christianity, to form what is now known as Catholicism, and proclaimed himself the first Pope. This is how the rituals and idols found themselves in a monotheistic religion. Many may know that a huge part of the Roman culture involved the sexual relations of older men of power with young boys. It is therefore not a stretch to assume that this commonality within the empire may have continued as this new religion was formed and even found refuge within its secret societal attributes.

The questions I would like to pose for discussion of this post are as follows:


Should the Pope be arrested and charged with crimes against humanity for his powerful role in this huge scandal?


Did the origin of the Catholic Church and it's roots in odd sexual Roman culture filter into the church at it's root and help create a culture of widespread child molestation?

Are the millions of Catholics across the world the ultimate "kool-aid drinkers" for continuing to justify or ignore what has become common knowledge within the Catholic movement?
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