3 Things The Local Catholic Church Should Own Up To

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Okay, let’s get this tidbit out of the way first:

Yes, I was raised Catholic and I continue to practice my religion to this very day. I do it because I really do believe in a God Who loves His people regardless of who or what they are and has, over the ages, provided them ways to better themselves and those around them. I am not ashamed to say that it is the spirit of morality found in the Bible that forms the core of my moral compass. However, just because I adhere to Catholic doctrine doesn’t mean I abide the injustices committed by those who claim to be “Catholic”.

Truth be told, this is another reason why I am deeply disdainful of Pinoy society. I have always believed that religion is a good thing as it may be a good place to start in order to form one’s sense of morality. Unfortunately, here in the Philippines, just about everything is easily corrupted by our dysfunction. From even the most innocent of intentions to great ideologies, the evil (yes, I’m gonna go ahead and call it that now) in our culture manages to subvert even the kindest of concepts and transforms them into disgusting mockeries of what they should be.

Now, let’s talk about religion, more specifically the Catholic Church. Truth be told, I once held a hefty amount of respect for the religious institution I was once born into. However, over the years, I’ve come to notice a strong discrepancy between the local Catholic Church and their counterparts in other countries. Thing is, I know that the Catholic Church has its own flaws and issues since it is made of human beings who are every bit as fallible as you and me. Unfortunately, here in the Philippines, instead of being spiritual advisers to the common people (as they often are in other countries), they have essentially become a tyrannical institution with delusions of grandeur.

Worse, they like to cover up any evidence of their own failings throughout history. Look, like I said, I’m Catholic as well but I tend to think that the Church shouldn’t cover up its flaws like a teenager struggling to get his pants back on after being caught masturbating. I think it’s time that the local Catholic Church own up to its own issues as even the Bible itself tells us to always stand with the truth.

Anyway, here are three things that I things that I think our local brand of the Catholic Church should own up to:

Child Molestation

This is by far the worst offender so I’m putting it forth first. The thing is, while I still think that there are still a good number of Catholic clergymen who are morally upstanding people, the issue of child molestation among the clergy is starting already a huge issue on a global level. Unfortunately, once again, the Catholic Church and its media allies are quick to expunge any shows that expose the unholy practices of a lot of its major members. You may get one or two, but these tend to be very few and far between.

For one thing, I will say that the TV show May Bukas Pa wasn’t really all that bad and indeed had some merits of its own. Unfortunately, the way they whitewashed the local church was unbelievable. They were portrayed as the ultimate authority of good in the show and were never shown in a negative light.

I was thinking that, since the show was about a child with miraculous powers, why didn’t they make an episode wherein the protagonist would be menaced by a pedophile priest and then use his God-given gifts to bring the corrupt clergyman to justice?

Corruption In The Church

Look, I know that corruption saturates just about everything in our little country and that the Church is pretty much fair game in all of this. Unfortunately, again, the Church just loves to hide from the masses that they too are involved in much of the political and financial corruption happening in the country. I know they’re not perfect people, but why do they have to go to such lengths to hide the more darker aspects of their organization.

Indeed, as mentioned above, the local Catholic Church has essentially become a glorified institution that more often plays a part in politics even when our very own constitution outright states that it shouldn’t. It has a hand in a lot of organizations and activities in the Philippines which it has little to no business in such as birth control, sexual preferences and practices and, of course, political affairs. I often wonder why it’s just so hard for some people to fully understand the meaning of “separation of church and state” or is it because someone is keeping the truth hidden from the common people.

And now, they want to make Cory Aquino a saint huh?

Unbelievable…

History Of Violence

I’m adding this here not because I think Islamist terrorists have a right to attack Christians because of past transgressions. Indeed, I think that we are all responsible and accountable for our present actions and that any form of victimization is not a valid excuse for victimizing others. However, I still think that the local branch of the Catholic Church should still own up for a lot of the crap that was committed all those years ago instead of backpedaling when confronted with historical facts.

I’m only taking the time to mention this because I once heard a sermon wherein the local priest seemed to expound that Christians, or more specifically Catholics, are incapable of violence like the Muslims, Jews and Hindus of the world. This despite the fact that all the ruckus in Northern Ireland does, in fact, involve Catholics.

Yes, we’ve come a long way from the idiotic peasants of Medieval of Christendom (Or have we?) and the Inquisition no longer exists in any form. No, we don’t burn witches at the stake any more either. However, I think the Catholic Church should stop presenting itself as a bastion of moral perfection when it clearly isn’t just as no religion in the world can claim any sort of moral superiority.

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pusoy
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what’s up? pnoy keeps on signing laws. what is this DICT? DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY? is this relevant to the FOI mayor Rody promised the Pilipinos to be implemended?

sounds like the Pilipinos failed again?

mrericx
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here’s your answer, pusoy & I believe this might be the solution to the slow & expensive internet services in our country. And don’t worry, Duterte support this new law and he’ll make an EO for the FOI Bill on the 1st day of his presidency.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/567328/scitech/technology/all-eyes-on-duterte-to-give-dict-thrust-direction

Aeta
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Grimwald,

Do you really believe the Catholic Church will own up to those 3 sins and more? This is why the late Cardinal Jaime Sin had died a sinner? He condoned many of the sins of past politicians–by turning the other cheek–and let them do what they wanted to do to the country. If Juan Ponce Enrile is the “Devil in Disguise” of the Failippine government, then Cardinal Sin was the “scourge” of the country’s Catholic Church. And their legacies continue….

Aeta

Pepe Rep
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The “idiotic peasants of Medieval Christendom”, hmmm, be careful not to 21st-century-chauvinistically smear people of old, it’s similar to the vacuous “it’s 2016!” “argument”. A little humility goes a long way against both moral and intellectual superiority. Good article, generally! I agree with the first point, no excuses for that! The second point too, yes, there has been evidence of corruption and cover up of the first point, except for the separation of church and state part, which is largely misunderstood, surprisingly even by this article: In a democracy, everyone has a say in political affairs, that includes groups like… Read more »
pusoy
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of course there is God. the one who created earth and life. but this God don’t talk and write. Mayor Rody is right. religions is politics. our christmas celebrations, the chalice, the holy sacrament, the cross etc, are all paganism.

the SUN is the God. who created the earth and all living things.

Aeta
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pusoy,

“…religions is politics. our christmas celebrations, the chalice, the holy sacrament, the cross etc, are all paganism.”

I like that.

Aeta

Pepe Rep
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Hey pusoy, God did reveal Himself quite decisively in the historical resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, He communicates with us, as seen in nature and the universe, in Scripture, through people. Not “all religion are paganism”, surely Folk Catholicism made its way into Filipino brand of Christianity, but to say it’s all pagan symbols would be a categorical mistake looking at the surface without delving deep into the semiotics and transformation of meanings behind symbols. Certainly, what separates Judaism, Islam and Christianity (monotheisms) from other religions that paved the way for scientific enquiry is that these treated the universe, including… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Pusoy,
The Zika-virus is caused by the mosquito. The mosquito infects a pregnant woman and the unborn child is now deformed by microcephaly and other severe brain anomalies in infants born of women infected with the virus.

And god created both the mosquito and the human being. So what does that tewll you?

444Hyden007Toro9999.99
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444Hyden007Toro9999.99
The Spanish Inquisition done by the Spanish Roman Catholic Church, was the worst time, when people, were tortured and burned on stake. They are branded as Heretics and Witches.The Italian Scientist: Galileo, who taught people, that the world is round; was subjected to Catholic Church Inquisition. He was nearly burned on the Stake. There were many men of Science and Technology, who were burned on stake. Because, their Scientific findings , were contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church… If we read, Dr. Jose Rizal’s novel of : “Noli Me Tangere”. We can understand the misbehavior of the Roman… Read more »
Red
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Today is the Death Day of Copernicus. You may remember Copernicus as the guy who said “hey, what if the earth revolved around the sun?”
To which the Catholic Church replied “hey, what if we burned you at the stake?”

Pepe Rep
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Hey Hyden, I make no excuses for the Spanish Inquisition, it was as you say, “the worst time”. However, I would like for everyone to critically examine the history of Copernicus, Galileo, etc., and the Catholic Church, turns out, it’s not as what pop science history and the media tells us, even a reading of it on wikipedia will tell you it’s not as the popular TV shows and misinformed people online tells us it is. Who were these “many men of Science and Technology, who were burned [at] stake”? Certainly not Copernicus, and neither is Bruno? Because it wasn’t… Read more »
4441Hyden007Toro89898.99
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4441Hyden007Toro89898.99
I was just writing what happened to men of Science in the time of inquisition. I do not mean to demean your beloved Catholic Church. The same way, as there are convicted pedophile priests today. There are even priests, who keep mistresses. The good teachings of Jesus Christ are different from the bad behaviors of some Catholic priests. The influencing of the political system in the Philippines by the Catholic Church is wrong. All religions must stay out of politics. The behaviors of the Aquinos, especially , the adulterous behaviors of Kris Aquino were never condemned by the Catholic Church.… Read more »
Pepe Rep
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Yes, you’re quite right that I’m not… Catholic. 😉 I would like for a real historical treatment of “what happened to men of science at the time of the inquisition” not assertions that arent factual. And son’t you worry bro, I couldn’t care less if you demean any religion at all, hey it’s a free country, but just make sure it’s based on actual facts. The influencing of politics” by any group, religious or otherwise, is part of democracy, so it’s not actually “wrong”. That is the usual misconception on what the doctrine of separation says. I make no excuses… Read more »
BLACKBRIAR
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“I am not ashamed to say that it is the spirit of morality found in the Bible that forms the core of my moral compass… I have always believed that religion is a good thing as it may be a good place to start in order to form one’s sense of morality…” Grimwald, have you even read that Bible in its entirety? Because if you have, you would know that there is no morality in it whatsoever. History would also tell you that organized religion or religion per se is not a good thing nor is it a good place… Read more »
Pepe Rep
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“have you even read that Bible in its entirety? Because if you have, you would know that there is no morality in it whatsoever.”

OK, Grim, I’ll let you answer this largely misinformed claim. 😉

Robert Haighton
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Blackbriar,
‘Truth be told’, the author is also a god-fearing human being. So how can you expect, the author to be critical about his own ‘house’?
He just might be afraid he might lose some readers/commenters when he starts criticizing his own ‘house’.

Jerry
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what is the picture of Leni and Mar doing in your article anyway? Can’t see the connection.

zaxx
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Catholic Priests should be allowed to marry so they don’t pick on little kids or impregnate pretty nuns behind the scenes. St. Paul wrote about the Catholic clergy… 1 Timothy 4 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry … —- In Noli, María Clara is in fact the illegitimate offspring of Padre Dámaso, a Spanish friar, and Doña Pia, whom he coerced… Read more »
Gagong Lipunan
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Well, blame it on Pope Gregory the Great. Though ironically, he’s one of the most liberal popes even John Calvin praise him.

That aside, yeah. The Philippine Catholic Church should catch up with the time, or they’ll just dig a much bigger hole for themselves.

Pepe Rep
Guest

Hey Zaxx, I don’t think it solves everything, after all, we also have Protestant pastors who “pick on little kids and impregnate pretty [women] behind the scenes”, but I’d agree that it’s the right direction and may actually lessen extramarital affairs of Catholic priests. But the paedophile priests such as Paul Shanley, hero of LGBT activists in the 70s, or paedophiles in general (in schools, pediatrics, and other industries that work with children) may have this idea that they were actually “born this way” and have no control/choice in their sexual desires.

d_forsaken
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I don’t know how you feel, but I’m pretty sick of church people. You know what they ought to do with churches? Tax them. If holy people are so interested in politics, government, and public policy, let them pay the price of admission like everybody else. The Catholic Church alone could wipe out the national debt if all you did was tax their real estate.

Pepe Rep
Guest

Hi d_forsaken! I see this all the time. I think it is misdirected. We should all be fighting for less to no taxes and not “crabbily” pull down others into the taxation mire. Secondly, why do we have such a yuge national debt to begin with? When we are already being taxed to death? So when the churches and other charitable institutions no longer get tax-exempt status, do you really believe that government will pay this national debt? You seem to trust our politicians too much.

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