Corruption and the Catholic Church!
Where did it all come from?
Many people who grew up Catholic find themselves scratching their heads wondering what happened to their church over the last 50 years. Those who haven’t had the opportunity to study church history may be tempted to think that the Catholic Church has always been this way. Think for a moment about the sexual abuse scandals, the shortage of priests, the sharp decline in Mass attendance, especially among young people, the poor catechetical formation, the increasing difficulty of keeping teens around after Confirmation, the closing of, and let’s not forget all the divisions, dissent, and confusion the Church is facing.
To have an honest and informed understanding of this whole crisis and debacle, it is necessary to rewind about 50 years or so when the 1960s were in full swing. Though the problems began to build before this time but culminated into a perfect storm in the 60s. Some of the problems that come to mind are the Vietnam war, major protests and riots, radical feminism, and general rampant rebellion. The over-elevation of science, the intellect, and personal conscience took precedence over listening to the Church – and even to God. Then, of course, add to the mix the “Sexual Revolution” which exploded onto the scene. This revolution wasn’t just about sex particularly, but it involved a whole moral revolution which rejected authority, traditional values, and traditional views on sexuality. Many people cast off all authority. They thrust off the “shackles” of bondage, in their marriages, in their priesthood, and in other areas all for a life of “freedom” and autonomy.
– Countless Catholics, including priests and nuns, desired to join the movement of sexual exploration and reject all authority for the false pursuit of freedom.
– As people started rebelling against every form of authority, many Catholics also threw off the “shackles” of the Church in the same way.
– As a result, 50,000 – 100,000 religious sisters would leave the church forever. Many more stayed in attempts to change it from within – to make it something it never was.
– Over 10,000 priests would also leave the church forever leaving a huge gaping hole in the structure.
– Consequently, because of the shortage of priests and the dire need for help, the church relaxed its rules for seminary training and let most anyone in. Big mistake! Where seminary training was usually strong, now the attitude of the time with that we “can’t be picky.” Most of all of the rules were relaxed because they just needed priests. Consequently, a huge influx of liberal and progressive priests, unhealthy people who normally would be weeded out in a heartbeat came skipping into the church. Things would quickly spiral downward as they hijacked the church from within putting in place many scandalous beliefs and teachings. They too rejected all authority. Many of these men were completely unhealthy and should have never become priests, and are we not seeing the results in the scandals that have surfaced today?
– Most of the scandals happened 30 to 60 years ago, at exactly the time that the church was being assaulted, and unhealthy priests were taking over.
– Moreover, Liberal priests hijacked seminaries and seminary training. They targeted good and holy priests and chased them out. The book “Goodbye Good Men” recounts how healthy, strong males who would make good priest were actually targeted, persecuted, and dismissed. Or, if they did stay, there wife was made living hell. And we wonder why we have had such a problem of sexual perversion and priestly embarrassment today.
Thankfully, all of this has started to reverse and transform for the better. Most seminaries have been reformed. Good priests are coming out again in droves. The Church has fiercely fought against sexual abuse of any kind, which is why over the last few years, there have only been 7 credible accusations against priests in the Church. 7 out of over 40,000.
Also, tens of thousands of men, women, and teens are going to conferences every year and being set on fire for their faith. God knows our churches need to be purged and all of the evil. She has suffered greatly because of it, (some of it her own doing), but now it’s time to bring it all back up to speed.
It is true that some priests broke their obligations to God and the people, and that some corrupt bishops attempted to cover it up. There has been enough dancing around the truth. We have to admit that those problems. However, someone cannot swing the pendulum to the other side and claim the Church still has a problem today when the facts clearly demonstrate the opposite (as I demonstrated in my last blog post).
Less than 1% of all priests have ever been involved in the sexual abuse of any kind, especially with minors. The News media will make it seem like every other priest is a pedophile, and the conspiracy goes all the way to the Pope who probably spearheaded the whole thing. But, as always, the facts tell us differently. 1%! Even Dr. Philip Jenkins, a non-Catholic who has made this subject his life’s work, and who is the foremost authority on the subject confirms what the Church herself claims. He has exposed the myths propagated by the media and shows the Catholic Church is at the bottom of the pack when it comes to sexual abuse cases. He demonstrates that most of the abuse cases happened nearly 50 years ago. The majority of those priests are either dead or have been dismissed.
The Catholic Church is now the safest organization in the world because of the steps it has taken to fight against this plague, which we will look at in the next post. We will also look at how Jesus Himself warned us that there would be corruption. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Some people have left their faith because of a corrupt priest, a man. However, no man is the head of our religion – JESUS IS!