The Roman Catholic Church is an Evil Scam
Most everybody knows priests in the Catholic Church have abused children since time immemorial, and this begs the question, “How has this been allowed to continue for so long?” And also, “What steps have been taken to stop this and how are they protecting children now?”
Well, the answers don’t make comfortable reading. In the same way tobacco companies have shifted their evil wares to less developed countries, the RC church moves its abusing clerics to other parishes, dioceses and nations.
And then it covers up the crimes.
In the USA alone over 6500 kids have been abused and thousands of priests accused. Now imagine how many have been molested globally…
So what did His Holiness the Pope do to help these thousands of children? He wrote the Crimen Sollicitationis.
Click here for BBC documentary exposing this awful organisation.
Created in 1962 by one Cardinal Ratzinger, Crimen Sollicitationis was issued in secret to bishops across the world and outlined procedures to be followed when dealing with allegations of child abuse, homosexuality and bestiality by members of the clergy.
It swore all parties involved to secrecy on pain of excommunication from the Catholic Church.
This document was reissued in 2001 by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and sent to all bishops.
Yet rather than ordering more openness and cooperation with the authorities as demanded by both law enforcers and the victims, Ratzinger reiterated its policies and ensured that the Code of Silence be applied to all cases of child abuse involving a priest.
Cardinal Ratzinger also instructed that all cases should now be referred to his office directly and that he would maintain ‘exclusive competence’ over the handling of allegations.
This is the Catholic Church’s policy to this day and Cardinal Ratzinger is now Pope Benedict XVI.
The policy laid out in this evil document has led to systemic failure and allowed a significant number of priests to abuse again, and further children have been put at risk.
How can people still allow these evil men access to their children? They claim to be ‘Holy’ but in reality act more like Cosa Nostra – the Sicilian Mafia.
The Roman Catholic hierarchy have a Code of Silence, the Mafia have Omerta.
Protect your children by never leaving them alone with a priest, vicar or any other so-called ‘Holy’ man and join the fight to
KEEP RELIGION OUT OF SCHOOLS
This is the best anti-religion film I’ve ever seen. Please, please, please watch and copy and spread the word.
As Bill said, “Religions must die so mankind can live…”
Grow up or die…
Religulous is an American comic documentary film written by and starring comedian Bill Maher and directed byLarry Charles. The title of the film is a portmanteau derived from the words “religion” and “ridiculous“. The documentary examines and mocks organized religion and religious belief.
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If the Mormons can have a go, why not the Mob – they’re run on the same principles…
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I was 8 and a half. I wanted a bike and my mum said “No”.
I was in the back bedroom at home and thinking how to get a bike and the idea came to me – why not pray for one?
I considered this and realized that if folk could get things by praying, then everyone would have exactly what they wanted. But it was obvious that wasn’t the case. Therefore, I concluded, there could be no God.
God was just like Father Christmas – something made up by adults.
It was a powerful experience.
Soon after I was at school and a short, balding, fierce, Scottish Presbyterian teacher took over from my normal teacher who was ill. His name was Mr Kerr. His idea for the lesson was to ask kids for types of books and he would locate them in the Bible – his point being that everything was in the holy book. As might be expected from 9-year-olds, the calls from the class tended to be along predictable lines. So sports, history, adventure and suspense were all offered and the teacher fielded each one easily.
Eventually he asked me. “Science Fiction?” I suggested. The cleverer kids in the class laughed out loud, seeing the joke. The teacher scowled at me, tried to think of an answer, then quickly finished the lesson.
1-0 to the atheists!
Now I have my sights on the outrageous claims of miracle cures for cancer and the like made by the local Renewal Christian Centre. The pastor is the ultimate in slippery salesmen. He was a life assurance executive and then a soccer agent. It’s hard to think of a less spiritual background.
He’s now a governor of a local high school and former TV evangelist. I’ve written to the local paper (although they haven’t printed it yet – more details to follow if I find they’re in league with the self-styled church) explaining what his organisation is doing and blogged about his congregation repeating this nonsense to all and sundry.
I had a run-in with one of his acolytes yesterday at the local gym. Sadly these poor people don’t know their elbows from their arses – which no doubt suits the pastor down to the ground.
We have to fight against this evil because they will try to stop kids learning about science, history and social sciences because a little knowledge destroys their fairy stories. I’m also very concerned about the gender relations these idiots espouse and the awful hatred their “God of Love” engenders.
By the way, does anyone know if Christians mentioned “love” before the 1960’s? I think it’s a new thing. I don’t remember the Inquisition talking about love, although I know The Beatles did.
So readers, when did YOU stop believing in the lie of God?
When one considers the way religions have denigrated the Feminine, repressed women and tried to regulate female sexuality and control reproduction, it’s doubly outrageous but hardly surprising that they would try to appropriate the idea of being born for their own ends.
After personally knowing many poor people who were involved in cultish Christian groups like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christadelphians, various Brethren groups and more recently, the Evangelicals, I’ve lots of experience of how these groups coerce their members to toe the line.
So I started reading psychological theories of coercive persuasion. I came upon the ideas of Carole Wade. Her 2005 work made a lot of sense when trying to understand how cultish organisations function. See below.
According to Carole Wade (Psychology 101, Wade, C. et al., 2005) there are a number of key steps in establishing coercive persuasion:
- People are put in physically or emotionally distressing situations;
- Their problems are reduced to one simple explanation, which is repeatedly emphasized;
- They receive what seems to be unconditional love, acceptance, and attention from a charismatic leader or group;
- They get a new identity based on the group;
- They are subject to entrapment (isolation from friends, relatives and the mainstream culture) and their access to information is severely controlled.
After reading the steps through a few times, I realised the pattern could be found in several areas of life. In particular it seemed to describe our human process of birth and development of personal identity within the family.
Being born is a stressful experience, probably the most stressful event in folk’s lives. I can remember mine and it’s not a lot of fun. Baptism as practiced by John the Baptist and Jesus in the Bible and Christians all over the place is but a crude physical attempt to remind the participant of their time in the womb and subsequent birth.
In the second stage we are fixated on single goals like crawling, walking and learning to talk.
In the third stage we experience love of a mother or family.
We learn our name in the fourth stage.
The fifth stage represents the family sanctions we face if we break the rules. Also the control of access to information reminds us that parents control the flow of information to their children.
The above is almost the exact same process as we find in a variety of cultish religions, the military, the Mafia, Freemasonry and many other social groups. I’m sure readers can think of more. Sports teams with their rituals and shirts are an obvious example.
Most folk become ‘born again’ in a Christian sense after what most of us would describe as a breakdown. A mental breakdown (also known as a nervous breakdown) is an acute, time-limited phase of a specific disorder that manifests primarily with features of depression or anxiety.
This is the distressing and emotional situation in stage 1. In the military, recruits are humiliated, shaved, shouted at and physically broken. In Freemasonry and Cosa Nosta the neophyte is put through a terrifying ritual involving their own death which serves the same purpose.
Stage 2 for Christians is that the idea of Jesus is the answer to everything. In the military and Mafia it is total obedience to authority and a belief in violence solving all problems. The love and comradeship offered to those who successfully join these groups, be it cult, army or lodge, is often more supportive and warm than lonely folk from poor families have ever experienced. So it is all the more overwhelming.
Stage 3 recreates the feeling of being in a family. Indeed, all these groups say quite clearly in their own way that they are a family.
New names (stage 4) are given in various ways. There’s the mumbo jumbo of Freemasonry, the military have ranks, Cosa Nostra use nicknames and we all know about Christian names.
Finally we come to the sanctions applied to those who do not follow the rules or orthodoxies of these kinds of groups. The Mafiosi takes a vow of omerta, in other words, silence. Everybody knows what the ultimate Cosa Nostra sanction is on errant members. The military are known for the firing squad or in lesser cases the Glasshouse or prison. Think Corporal Bradley Manning. Freemasons are told their tongues will be cut out and their innards slung over the shoulder should they reveal the secrets of the Craft. Remember Roberto Calvi – God’s Banker? Cults and religious groups use this form of social pressure very cleverly. So those members who have never experienced love, companionship or true intimacy are terrified of losing the warmth they feel from the group when things are going well.
But if a member doesn’t bring in any new faces, he or she will usually find important people becoming cooler towards them. In the crazy world of Evangelical Christianity, if a person has a problem it must be because they have not let Jesus into their life. Therefore the problem has to be with the person as Jesus is a divine being and so must be in every way perfect. This is how it is easy to apply psychological pressure to a person lacking in confidence and insecure due to being anxious at not making the grade within the group.
Readers will no doubt see the similarities with direct sales organisations. Years ago, I worked for some of these companies and the atmosphere was very similar to political groups and religious movements.
It’s the same business model after all.
P.S. In English the phrase, “There’s one born every minute…” refers to the many foolish people who are all to ready to fall for a scam or buy something that sounds too good to be true. I’m sure readers will know of words and phrases in other languages that mean similar.
I’ve noticed a worrying development recently in our area (Solihull, UK) – more door-knocking Christian missionaries (Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and some other US group whose name escapes me) and more attempts by zealous folk of faith to convert me – 3 in the last few months.
It’s rather ironic that they should think me a prospect – if they listened to anything I said it would be obvious that I was the last person to approach. These people had a shocking lack of awareness and knowledge of their world – not really surprising I suppose or they wouldn’t believe in a literal reading of the bible.
I shouldn’t poke fun at those unfortunate enough to fall for the scam, but at least I’ll keep it anonymous. Last week a guy tried the old Christian come-on to me in a sauna. Suppressing a laugh. I asked, ‘How can I choose one religion when all faiths claim to be the only source of truth?’
‘We’re the only religion to have a virgin birth,’ he said smiling broadly. ‘None of the others have.’
When I told him it was fairly common in mythologies of the period, he thought for a few seconds and said, ‘But Jesus Christ sacrificed himself for us, was killed in a horrible way then vanished from the tomb and lives forever at God’s side.’
When I didn’t reply he added, ‘If we all lived by the 10 commandments, the world would be a better place.’
So I asked him what the commandments were, but he only knew the first and vague stuff about parents 🙂
I realized then that this sad man needed to bring folk into the church or he would feel the pastor’s displeasure. This kind of Christianity is a racket. Each member of the congregation is expected to give a tenth of their income and bring in new devotees. A bloke like this would always struggle to recruit as he’s not great with people. I didn’t have to be a mind-reader to feel his depression and sadness. But the church teaches God can’t be wrong so it must be the individual who doesn’t have enough faith. The Emperor’s New Clothes. I felt sorry for him even though I loathed his crude attempts to God-me-up.
When he told me that folk were being cured of incurable diseases I realized it was even more serious than I’d previously thought. Who knows how many people were being attracted in the faint hope of a miracle cure for some awful illness. He explained a former thug had seen the light while beating somebody up and now conducted the faith-healing services. Call me cynical, but this has all the makings of a great scam. Gullible folk who know little science are fleeced by ‘ex-criminals’ who claim miracle cures.
Everybody knows that there are no miracle cures, so those promoting them are either deluded or lying. Either way it has to be stopped and soon.
These self-styled churches are invading our communities and abusing our children’s minds with this dangerous nonsense. This is a cult.
So I’m calling for the banning of religion in schools. Teach kids about myths and faiths by all means but inside the framework of ethics, history and social sciences. We protect children from alcohol and tobacco so let’s extend that to mental harms. We rate films and video games as suitable only for certain ages and I’m suggesting the same for religions.
In the UK, when a person is sixteen they can lawfully have sex so I think we should treat religion in the same way. Until that age kids should be protected from adults who we all know cannot be trusted in such matters, especially parents. Likewise for circumcision; when somebody comes of age they can choose for themselves. Anything else is abuse.
Religion if practiced should be a private matter. Let’s give all children the chance to choose what feels right for them, rather than their parents, priests, popes and patriarchs.
So for my part I’m starting this campaign.
Keep Religion Out of Schools