Today I was made aware of a story coming out of Tuam, Co. Galway about a recently discovered mass grave, containing the bodies of approximately 800 children. Catherine Corless a local historian & genealogist has compiled a report on this heinous and morally reprehensible crime (link below). Sadly, this isn’t an isolated incident, and these crimes always seem to be linked to the Catholic Church. For more information on similar crimes, please feel free to google ‘Magdalene Laundries’ or try to see the recent film ‘Philomena’.
I grew up in a Catholic family, my Nan was a devout Catholic and I used to attend Mass with her every week. The Catholic Church that I grew up in, and experienced is so far from what I now know about the corruption, deception & criminality of the RCC. My first head teacher was a nun, and my school was on the grounds of a still active convent, the nuns I know are all, truly lovely, well educated & compassionate women, I still address them as ‘Sister’ if I see them in the street. One of my role models was my parish priest, he remains to this day, a very good friend and a man that I would trust with anything. A question that puzzled me till recently, was ‘How can these Catholics that I know and love be so good, and those Catholics that commit such devastating crimes be so bad?’ . Well the closest I’ve come to an answer stems from my love for comic books and superheroes. Uncle Ben, Spider-Man’s uncle, says to Spidey “With great power, comes great responsibility.”. Clergy, like it or not, have power, they are given a level of respect by all practising Catholics, simply by wearing a dog collar, or tucking their hair into a habit. Respect, should be given to those who earn it, and never to those who demand it.
Another ‘power’ that all Catholics have, is the ability to be forgiven for anything & live eternally in heaven. This may lead a lot of Catholics to good, but it also allows some to do untold bad. I imagine those responsible for dumping bodies into a mass grave, or covering up child abuse justify it by imagining that these children will live in heaven in eternal happiness. I think the late, great Christopher Hitchens says it best:
“Name me an ethical statement made or an action performed by a believer that could not have been made or performed by a non-believer.”
In summary, I do not doubt that Catholicism or any other religion, is a comfort to some people, and can cause people to be better than they would be, but it can cause people to be a lot worse than they would be. This is why I value humanism, I have a respect for this one life that we have that I think devout Catholics simply cannot share.
The Catholic Church’s day of reckoning is approaching, and it will not be a fictional zombie Jew that judges them, it will be humans, with the power to dismantle their corrupt & morally bankrupt organisation. If Pope Frank is as wise as people make him out to be, he’ll start cooperating with the U.N over the child abuse scandal, he will reveal the extent of the fortune that they have harvested and protected like a greedy, mountain dwelling dragon for hundreds of years, he will redistribute this wealth to people on this planet that could put it to good use. And lastly, he will grovel and plead for forgiveness for the crimes justified in the name of his god.