Corruption, Scandal, and the Catholic Church!

Corruption and the Catholic Church!

Where did it all come from?

Corruption and the Catholic ChurchMany 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.

Corruption and the Catholic ChurchHow did this affect Catholics and help lead to the problems we have in the Catholic Church today?  In brief:

– 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!

About Bryan Mercier

Bryan Mercier is a professional Catholic speaker, retreat leader, author, YouTuber, and a Catholic apologist who has been teaching and preaching for almost two decades. He has also been aired on TV and radio in different states, including Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, Sirius XM Satellite, and EWTN. He is the founder of "Catholic Truth," a non-profit dedicated to the New Evangelization and helping Catholics to know, love, and live their faith with purpose and passion each day!
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7 Responses to Corruption, Scandal, and the Catholic Church!

  1. John says:

    I’m a 51yo Christian, went to Sunday school (I’m a protestant now) etc and defend false attacks by the lost against the Rcc when I hear them but friend, you just can’t see how utterly insane you sound.
    This pathological bias not common among some Catholics though… .it’s universal. You’re all so thoroughly blind about your church it’s actually bordering on mental illness.
    You’re at the bottom of the pack? Woo hoo, only 1% rape children? You mean in the only True church who curses those who don’t agree to hell in myriad proclamations? At least you don’t send people off to be actually Lit On Fire.

    Your tone is terrible, your excuses horrible, and no one rational would buy it. Please, don’t use this shtick live. Anyone who would buy it might just be those undesirables you claim ruined everything.

  2. John, you need to read my blog again (and more closely) because you misquoted me big time and then went on a tirade about something I didn’t say. I never claimed the Catholic Church was 1% of all perpetrators. I said 85% of sexual abuse happens in the family, while 15% happens in the Public Schools, and 1% takes place in ALL religious institutions, of which the Catholic Church is the least of any and all religious institutions. One case in any church is too much, but my whole point in saying this is that the Catholic Church has taken many steps and put many things in place to make sure this type of thing doesn’t happen again. Isn’t that a good thing?

    Moreover, you said something else very wrong, falsely judging the Catholic Church in your very emotional rant. You said the Catholic Church condemns to hell anyone who doesn’t agree with them. That’s not true at all, and in fact, if it is true, can you show me from the official Catechism of the Catholic Church (where all our beliefs are found) where it says that? Please quote the page number and paragraph. I know it’s not there because the Catechism says the opposite. So, please try to get your facts right and try to be a little more charitable next time. Thanks.

  3. Daniel Henry says:

    This writer is typical old school Catholic and the reason the Catholic Church is coming apart at the seams. The corruption within the church has been on-going for decades. History has only revealed a fraction of the criminal activities and continues to hide and protect the “vault” full of secrets in the Vatican. The Pope is doing all he can but he is only one human being drowning in a sea of filth.

  4. Jeanette says:

    I am still recovering in a church in the Poconos,PA where I was sexually harassed by several deacons making jokes about my body continually and harassed a priest who looked at me wrong once and I was run out of every church I tried in the dioceses and finally I filed a complaint with the bishop/vicar’s office to get counselling and was denied. I filed a report with the attorney general’s office and they arranged counselling with a battered woman’s shelter for sexual harassment. Another priest on the list of 301 tried to get me into his car at the villa retreat across from Mt. Airy where I went for mass.
    These men are complete predators and the bishop will continue covering up for them. I do not believe they are celibate and believe they are all in sexual relationships unless they are too old or finally uninterested.

  5. Jeanette, first, I am sorry that all of those people disrespected you and used you as an object. That is something Jesus, and the Catholic Church ironically, completely condemns. Second, it doesn’t surprise me. So much corruption, moral filth and evil has entered our Church since the 1960s-1990s. I am actually going to be making a YouTube Video soon on where all this corruption came from in the first place and how these pervs are destroying our Church.

    This is a rogue and evil generation that has entered our Church. If you would like a little piece of the puzzle, check out the book, “Goodby Good Men” which shows how the priesthood was hijacked by immoral priests and bishops. Very sad. But the Church is turning around and that generation is passing away Thank God. Seminaries have been reformed, and more good, healthy priests are coming out now.

    Just remember that Jesus started the Catholic Church, and we are His bride, however He also warned that evil would try to destroy the Church and many evil people would rise up from within. We must rise up ourselves and fight this evil, these wolves in sheep’s clothing.

    God bless you and thank you for the comment.

  6. Not an old-school Catholic, just a faithful Catholic calling out evil that is there but not giving into hysteria and emotional vomiting void of facts.
    I agree with the last sentence, it is a sea of filth. And I am making a YouTube video on where all the corruption and filth came from since the 1960s and how it hijacked, polluted, and destroyed much of our Church and what we can do about it.
    God bless.

  7. John D says:

    I totally agree with your assessment of the situation as it currently stands. The biggest problem I have is how JPII did absolutely nothing to address the situation. He, too, seemed to aid in the coverup by not publicly coming out to speak on it. This is a man that the Church has canonized, but ceased to work what would have been his greatest miracle, which would have been to go through every single parish and clean house! Sure, every Protestant denomination has its pervs and sex offenders, but quite honestly, I expect that of Protestants. The Catholic Church is the standard; the benchmark by which the example should be set. And we continue to fall short of letting the public know our damage control. As quickly as the media will report a bad priest every chance it gets, the Church should insist on equal coverage for every priest that is dismissed and/or excommunicated from the Church. Let the Church gain back the faith and trust of the public!

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