Catholic Church Edicts Are Not Good For Humanity
In Minnesota last week, the Catholic church sent 400,000 DVDs to its members in an attempt to “educate” them away from supporting gay marriage. “The bishops of the state have an obligation, by ordination, to be teachers,” Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul and Minneapolis said. “And we all know the state of marriage in our society today … The state of marriage is not very healthy in our society.”
When advice is offered or given, it is a good idea to look at the history of the source to see if the advice warrants being worthy of consideration. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at the Catholic Church’s past and see if they have a solid foundation on which to stand in order to “educate” the masses.
The Catholic church early on used heresy to kill people. Simply not believing in what the church’s leaders told you to believe could result in your torture and death. Even a Catholic website lists many of the things the church could kill you for doing or believing, including Gnosticism, Iconoclasm, and Jansenism, among others. Thoughts could literally be lethal.
In the 6th Century the Emperor Justinian enacted a code which ordered “all those who follow this law to assume the name of Catholic Christians, and considering others as demented and insane, We order that they shall bear the infamy of heresy…” With no objections from the Catholic Church, of course, all non-Catholics were not only heretics, but insane as well.
The Crusades. Two hundred years of wars based on myth and superstition. Is there really any need to say much more?
Everyone is well aware of The Inquisition, where Catholics tortured and murdered, almost at will, anyone it deemed an enemy of the church or its teachings. The acts of torture inflicted on victims rival the atrocities committed by all of the 20th century’s worst dictators combined.
Printing the Bible in English brought death to John Wyclif because the church thought it a bad idea.
The incredible number of pedophile cases from all over the world which continue to be revealed are another shining example of the church’s “moral” attitudes and behavior.
In addition to regular sexual abuse in parishes, the movie The Magdalene Sisters was just one example of many similar cases worldwide where children were tortured and punished in orphanages for such infractions as being “too pretty.”
We now know the horrible conditions that were created and maintained by Mother Teresa in her various “homes” and “hospitals” in India, which continue. While she put millions in the bank and sought real medical treatment for herself in Western countries, she told those suffering in her facilities that their pain was good because it brought them closer to Jesus. And the church wants to make her a saint, even putting her on the “fast track” for the title.
You can add the church’s stance on condom use and how women are treated as second-class citizens to the mix.
Given all of this–and much, much more–does the Catholic Church have any right at all to offer up any advice or guidance to anyone for anything at all? Hardly. They need to ask the world for forgiveness and do centuries of good deeds to even start to make up for it.
As a final note of the church’s moral attitudes and tolerance, they have suspended one of their artists in residence who, as a protest, asked people to send her the DVDs in order to create a work of art. Lucinda Naylor has held the position for 15 years. “Now more than ever I want this project to take off,” she said. “It will make a great statement.”
I certainly hope she succeeds in her quest. Her statement will easily outshine the church’s.