As the Roman Catholic Church shells out another huge monetary sum – some $660 million – as blood money to yet more victims of its abuse, this time in Los Angeles, one has to wonder at the sheer temerity and arrogance of that institution’s present leader, Benedict XVI. Only last week he reaffirmed through his Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – of which, as Cardinal Ratzinger, he was once the head – that the Roman Catholic Church is the only true church.
Do these people expect us to treat them with any respect?
There are certain similarities between the position of the Roman Catholic Church in the religious world, and the United States of America in the political one. Both are claiming some God-given right to exalted leadership, while sanctifying corruption, perversion, inhumanity, and greed. Comparisons can be drawn between Benedict XVI and George W Bush. Each is narrow-minded, lacking vision, and retains a perception of the world that has failed to keep pace with modernity. As the many Protestant churches protest Benedict’s leadership proclamation, so do other nations stand in horror as the USA continues its preemptive power struggle in the Middle East.
For those individuals capable of stringing together two or more relevant thoughts coherently, the very concepts of politicians and clergymen have become anathema.
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