In an individual context, exactly what ‘event’ would signal an ‘end of faith occurrence’ for your garden variety Catholic?
From my readings & debates on other blogs , the latest, and largest child-abuse scandal of all in Ireland, indicates practicing Catholics are hardened & dismissive of such crisis.
Their defense mechanisms are well honed, like the predatory skills of the pedophile priests, and the high-priced lawyers only a mega-rich organisation like The Catholic Church can afford to hire.
This is more than ‘Catholic block’.
It actually shows a deep vein of callousness, exists within those indoctrinated to follow Rome’s teachings.
The cruel side, to Catholicism comes to the surface, for all to see, every-time we see the under-belly of Catholic faith is exposed, as in Ireland.
Rather than lambast the perpetrators of such vile organised crime, we see Catholics in unison trot-out the same pre-scripted excuses, to defend the indefensible.
“It was only a few rogue priests”.
“I had a Catholic education and nothing happened to me”.
Now where have, I heard those sort of excuses before, hmmm let me think?
“Islam is the religion of Peace”
“Not all Muslims are terrorists”
The major difference in the analogies being: it's only the Catholic priesthood, who prey on it's ranks for sexual gratification.
In all of these panderings, the innate need to come-up with excuses, not one thought for the thousands of victims.
Not one piece of compassion.
Faith over-rides common bounds of decency.
So back to my first premise - what sort of event, needs to happen before an individual Catholic, would renounce their faith in disgust?
My answer or theory, is: such is the ingrained concept of absolution programmed into their minds, an individual would need to suffer personally at the hands of The Mother Church, before they would wake-up to its dark-side.
Clearly 35,000 victims is not enough to even solicit a “sorry” from the leader of their chosen religion – so why would you expect a follower in a remote country like New Zealand, to care any-more about child-rape, starvation etc, than Herr Pope?
1.0 Billion people are happy to belong to a group that shields, houses and feeds pedophiles and every Sunday, they share communion with others who fail to see this as being 'wrong'.
They are blinded to the fact, having a docile flock, educated from day they were born to be unquestioning, cloistered communities of men without a sexual outlet etc – is exactly the very breading ground child-abusers exploit.
Every Catholic is an integral part of the cycle of church child-abuse.
The truly sad thing in all of this, is the world’s largest group, that brands itself as being 'Christian' - doesn’t care.
In a grand-irony, it's now left to humanists like you & me, to crusade for morals and justice, if this cycle of Catholic child-abuse is to stop.