Recently, the Pope, modestly housed in a palace worth billions, announced that the Catholic Church was the true Church.
His sweeping pronouncement created shock waves all around the Christian world to say nothing of the disquiet it caused among all the non-Christian religions who also claim (with the same conviction) that they are the ones who best know and represent 'God'. Immediately theo-babble filled the world, at least the curious rather spooky world of those who hold religious beliefs.
Meanwhile, back at their Los Angeles ranch, the Catholic Church is paying out over 600 million dollars to quieten down folk who, as children, were sexually molested by members of the Church hierarchy. The photo (hat tip to Reuters) shows Cardinal Roger Mahony, dressed humbly for the occasion, announcing the victim's payout and expressing deep regret for the actions which, it is alleged, the Church knew about yet did nothing! Further, the idea was spread about that the diocese might have to sell a few bits of its real estate inventory to pay the bill. Brings tears to your eyes, doesn't it? Then life wasn't meant to be easy!
Now, even though I'm an atheist, I am tolerant of those who believe. That means I accept them and adopt a live and let live position as long as they don't interfere with or threaten my world in any way. Unfortunately religion does threaten my world!
Conflict between religions is perennial and even the most ignorant person in the world is surely aware of where serious conflicts bubble and boil, conflicts that could easily destroy our world. Then, right in the middle of this animosity, the Pope sticks his fundamentalist bib in and ratchets up the divisions within the ranks of his own brand of God-botherers.
The irony is, while he's doing this, one of his own Churches is paying out millions to victims of those who, dressed in finery and talking theo-babble, stand up in Church each Sundays telling the gullible that if they sin, they'll go to hell and burn forever!
I feel very sorry for the victims. Their trust was betrayed by those teaching about love and caring. Mere kids, they were exploited in the most disgusting way. They will carry the scars forever. 'Suffer the little children...' has a whole new meaning!
I'm left asking yet again: when is the penny going to drop about religion?