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SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM THE PRIEST!

The purpose of this article is to prove that the Roman Catholic faith is deceitful and often deliberately deceitful. The faith is harmful too. When you understand the proofs, you will see that you will have to officially leave the Church.
 
The whole point of religion is that you abandon your freedom to do what you like and believe what you like. Religion may embrace those it calls sinners but if it embraces people who scoff at its doctrines as members then it is a joke not a religion.
 
Somebody said that a religion is just a harmful cult that got lucky. That applies to Catholicism more than any religion though it may brag about being the true Church!

GOD IS THE CHURCHíS TRICK

You cannot believe in God without believing you have no right to judge God or criticise what God does. If you could judge God then you would be the real God. Your feelings and beliefs would be what is important and not God. When the Church tells you not to judge God it is really telling you not to judge its take on God. The Church pretends to be concerned about God when its true concern is itself. The Church is a deceitful self-serving outfit.
 
The Church claims that it is the voice of God and the bishops and the pope are the only authorised speakers for God in the world. If they are lying or wrong about what God has said, then they have given us a false interpretation of God to worship. What we worship as a result is not God.
 
The Church teaches that material goods and earthly relationships are not permanent - so we need God who is there when all else is gone. This view suggests that materialism would be recommended if the goods were permanent. It is not materialism it is against so much as it is against disappointment. So you have to direct your materialistic desires to God. Materialism then would be more altruistic and sacrificial than loving God!

The Church has never repudiated the doctrine of the temporal power of the pope. This is the right of the pope to rule. True Catholics must think that the world should let the pope be its ruler.
 
CLERICAL SEX ABUSE
 
Malta had 850 priests. It turned out that 50 of them were child sex abusers. That is a high number. The real number is higher. Generally the more victims that are abused by a person the more likely it is to come out. The figures do not take into account the cleverest clerical paedophiles. They do not take into account the abuser who rarely, but sometimes abuses. What about the priests who abuse children so young that they will never remember? They do not take into account the power of self-deception. The Catholic faith is self deception. Many of the abused delude themselves that the abuse didnít happen for priests are so great and wouldnít do such a thing. The figure is high.
 
What about priests who have resorted to molesting toddlers for they are too afraid to interfere with older children?
 
Naturally the level of clerical sex abuse in remote regions of the world and in developing countries would be worse than what it is in Europe or America.
 
A study outlined in The Case of the Pope states that 76 per cent of abuse by priests was never reported to the civil authorities. Only 6 per cent of priests were convicted. Only 2 per cent went to jail. And the Church wrote good character references and so on to keep the convicted priests out of jail (page 22). Anybody can to go a priest or bishop and get a glowing and lying reference.
 
Ratzinger in 1996 ordered the canon law trial of abuser Father Murphy who was dying to stop so that Murphy could die as a respected member of his order (page 23, The Case of the Pope). Murphy had raped and buggered about 200 deaf boys.

 
The Case of the Pope page 3 states that Catholic institutions have higher rates of abuse taking place than one would expect. If the Church really had supernatural power to heal lives and make people good you would expect the level of abuse to be strangely low. Or are we to believe that the power of God is restraining the child abusers in the priesthood as much as possible meaning that without him 50% of priests might be abusers?
The Murphy Report found that the Church rules and laws had facilitated the cover up (page 26). Under canon Law, if a priest is a paedophile, he canít help it and so is not to be blamed if he molests children (page 28).
John Paul II protected Cardinal Groer who had sexually abused over 2000 boys and had him hidden safely away after his abuse had been discovered (page 30).

 
Is there any case of where the Church protected a priest who in order to save children from his child-molesting colleagues in the priesthood, spoke out and went to the police? There is none (page 33, The Case of the Pope).

The pope's letter to the people of Ireland in 2010 didnít admit that the Vatican or Canon Law was in any way to blame for the clerical sex abuse culture of cover up (page 37, The Case of the Pope). The Pope has never urged bishops to report priests who they know are molesting children to the legal authorities (page 38, The Case of the Pope).
 
Richard Sipe stated that many clerical abusers feel they work so hard and do so much good that they decide that they are entitled to have some perverted fun with children (page 6, The Case of the Pope). I would add that the Church encourages this attitude with its doctrines that the priesthood is the greatest calling of all and that the priest does the ultimate good work which is giving the sacraments which give everlasting life and happiness to the flock. Jesus said that whoever causes children to sin would be better off drowned in the sea (Matthew 18:6). This is often cited by Catholics who condemn the child sex abuse. But Jesus never said that whoever abuses a child would be better off drowned. He is speaking of those who lead children into sins such as lying or stealing or whatever. It was the rulebreaking Jesus cared about. It was not the damage to people. The Catholics speak as if the victims of child sex abuse are sinners because of the abuse! For them they are not sinned against so much as sinful.
 
Pope Benedict XVI has no right to claim to be serious about reforming the Church when he has failed to fire Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, who was known for having engaged in cover-ups and moving priests around (Page 17, The Case of the Pope). Cardinal Bertone who has stated that a bishop must not be obligated in law to turn a priest who admits sex abuse over to the police (page 19, The Case of the Pope).
 
CATHOLICISM IS MERCENARY
 
It is normal to question the altruism of a nurse who is well paid for her seeming altruism. You know she would not work so well and maybe she would do nothing at all if she wasnít getting paid. The Catholic idea that you get rewards in Heaven from God for doing good works certainly implies we have the right to be suspicious about the alleged self-sacrifice of the priests. Do they do the good works out of genuine concern or is it the reward, perhaps fame, they are after?
 
If a man wants to be respected as a kind of god, the best way to do it is to pretend that he is the minister and representative of an invisible and all-powerful God and invested by God with divine authority. That takes the pressure off a bit. If you claim to be God, you will have to be so clever to pull it off that your life will be a nightmare.

The Church says that lying is always wrong and so she uses mental reservation instead of lying when she wishes to keep the truth from people. She manipulates people to deceive themselves and in the hope that they will misunderstand. Why trust a religion like that when it says it is sincere and caring? The burden of proof is on the religion. It should not insult us by asking us to take its sincerity and holiness for granted.
 
The doctrines of the Church have been plainly proven to be unintelligible, silly and downright nasty countless times over. That does not stop the Catholic priesthood from harking them. They ignore objections to their doctrines that work and focus on ones that they can refute and then they boast how reasonable and precious their faith is!
 
It is the person that is right that deserves the most respect for her or his views not the person that is wrong. We should not worry about contradicting people who preach religious nonsense.

The truth should be sent to seminarians. Truth can and should decimate the priesthood and the religious life.
 
The Roman Catholic faith makes no sense. It is easier not to believe. The Church manipulates people to mistake feelings for faith. They want to go to Heaven and they confuse this with actually believing in Heaven. They feel there is a God and a Heaven and that the communion wafer blessed by a priest really is Jesus and they imagine they believe when what they really mean is that they feel it. When feelings masquerade as beliefs, the Catholic gets very bitter and defensive in relation to critics of the faith.
 
A religion of feeling can only encourage a priest who is inclined to molest children to go and do so. Many of them have felt ďholyĒ as they did so. A religion that is ridiculous and unconvincing is merely an advertisement for hypocrisy not real goodness.
 
It is foolish the way some Catholics say they believe that the positive and helpful side of religion is what should be focused on not the negative and inhumane side. It is also irritating. We canít just ignore the grimy side.

What we should do is clean the religion up or start a cleaner one.
 
If you have to be committed to being good to be a Christian then the Roman Catholic Church is not a Christian communion.
 
To do nothing about evil is to assist evil. A ďniceĒ person who says nothing when people do great evil though he or she could is a bigger evil influence than anybody who is not nice and who tries to persuade people to do evil. You will feel more supported about doing evil by those who are nice to you than by anybody else.
 
DO NOT GIVE THE CHURCH MONEY - EVER
 
It is ridiculous to argue as some do that they go to Church and pay their ďduesĒ to it, not for the bishops or priests or even the pope but for God. They say they attend worship and pay the Church money for God not the ministers of the Church.
 
PRIESTLY MANIPULATIONS
 
The Catholic priesthood likes to act like it has value but it does not. Men give their lives to the priesthood to preach bland irrelevant sermons.
 
All priests receive training in philosophy. They were without excuse if their religion is irrational. If their religion is deceit then it is deliberate deceit. It is deceit to teach things you should know are wrong if they are wrong.

The priesthood gets a salary and charges for dispensing the sacraments and saying Masses for the dead. Men who provide services like that which are not based on evidence are thieves. There is no evidence that the sacraments have any power. Most people who are made soldiers of Christ by confirmation show no inclination to be soldiers of Christ.
 
The priests show no concern for providing evidence that their services do any good. What would you think of a man who came to your door with a jar telling you that there is an invisible genie in it that will bless you when you buy the jar and open it? Donít let the way you have been conditioned by the Church to look up to priests make you see them as different.
 
The priests claim that the sacraments they give work like vaccinations and cures for the human tendency to sin. They are paid by their congregations for administering them. They are like quack doctors who peddle cures and who make no effort to find sound evidence that the cures really work. Where are the trials and tests?

The Catholic Church presents doctrine in such a way that it ensures harm will ensue. For example, the Church teaches that if you are sinned against, you accept this as being deserved but you still disapprove of your treatment (Moral Philosophy, Joseph Rickaby). That way your power to fight for justice is undermined and you give a bad example to others.
 
This doctrine is confined to old tomes and is not emphasised. Thus most Catholics then end up being self-righteously convinced that any harm done to them is an outrage for they are so wonderful.

You may say that many people say they feel they have become better people because of the Church. But it takes a lot of assessment to verify that.
 
Though the Church believes that divorced and remarried people must not go to communion, it lets them perform the ministry of the word and play the organ. Oh the hypocrisy!
 
The priests say that to be baptised is the most important thing in your life. They say baptism makes you a child of God and part of the Church of Christ. During baptism God forgives your sin and takes away original sin.

Parents are not informed of the pros and cons of Catholic teaching on baptism and of getting your baby baptised.
 
Because of the general distaste for Catholic teaching that is in even most Catholics, priests are reluctant to be forthright. Jesus and the apostles were very forthright in the New Testament. Jesus called the Jews hypocrites. St James used the term ignoramus. They made direct straight talk a virtue and an obligation. The obligation was so serious that it was even warned that it was best to have few teachers of religion because too many would be inclined to hold back particularly in those dangerous times. Jesus is supposed to have been murdered because he spoke his mind
 
The modern idea that we should be careful what we say and keep our opinions to ourselves to spare peoples feelings is not in accord with the New Testament. The New Testament says that being silent instead of speaking the truth is a sin. It says that helping and informing people to give them the chance to make peace with God and do his will is more important than their feelings.
 
The priests are very inconsistent.
 
They teach that you should not give somebody too much drink for that is a serious sin and drunks will not inherit the kingdom of Heaven (1 Corinthians 6:10). Publicans, and their job is just to do that, are welcome to the communion table. Barmen who become priests are never asked to repent and many seminarians work in bars during the summer holidays.
 
The Church says that if people sin, they commit the sin of scandal Ė the sin of causing a bad influence and example. The thinking behind that is that we still have weaknesses towards sin and if we learn sin from others it can draw us to become sinners too. We all know too well that if a lot of people are defrauding the government, it soon gains some kind of social acceptance.
 
There is no worse influence and better educator in "sin" than television. And the priests have them in their homes!
 
The priests let people break the Sabbath today. The excuse is that people must work to provide meals and entertainment for families who use the Sabbath day to deepen their relationship as a family. Jesus did say that the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. But what about the workers deepening their relationship with their family? The Sabbath in the Bible is more about refraining from hard work than worship.

The word means rest.
 
Suppose someone reports you to the authorities on the basis that you are claiming government unemployment benefit while actually working. People will say the informer is a bad person. They will say he did this for spite. They are so hypocritical that they oppose law and order.
 
The Christians say that forgiveness means you donít want to get your own back any more. So God must hate unrepentant sinners then. Christians must hate them too.
 
Christians say that God is important. They claim they have the right to have this important belief of their respected. It is not important to many Christians and is not important to atheists.
 
Cowardice is not the opposite of bravery but just another way of being brave. This is the key.

BAPTISM

The Church makes such serious claims that there is simply no way baptising children can be justified. In fact, there are adults being initiated by baptism into the Church but they don't really know the Church well enough to be really sure they are doing the right thing. The Church hides many nasty teachings and abhorrent doctrines and therefore must be classed as a cult.
 
Baptism can be seen as deactivated by mortal sin.
 
The way baptism is done is a clear testimony to the fact that religious preachers including priests are motivated by a love of having people agree with their silly doctrines more than anything else. If people feel they are conditioned and unable to disbelieve in vile and ridiculous doctrines, it makes them feel happier and less odd when they have others as bad as themselves.
 
The Vatican in 2001 sent a letter of congratulations with the approval of the pope and Cardinal Raztinger and several senior cardinals to the bishop of Bayeux for his refusing to turn in a child molesting priest over to the law and furthermore for letting him continue to work in a parish despite admitting he engaged in child sex abuse (page 42). A copy of this letter was sent to all bishops to encourage them to emulate the evil example of the bishop (page 42). Cardinal Hojos declared in 2010 that he consulted the pope and obtained papal authorisation for doing this. It specifically praised the bishop as a good father for not handing his son over to the authorities though the son admitted to him he was abusing children. The priest had admitted his crimes to the bishop in private conversation. Canon 1395 orders that a cleric who lives with his girlfriend may have to be defrocked . Those who abuse children are given non-punishments.
 
The Roman Catholic system needs to be helped to collapse. It is vital that we work to discourage infant baptisms, child indoctrination, get the Church thrown off public school boards, keep its influence out of politics, communicate with seminarians for the priesthood to help (not urge!) them to see the mistake they are making, encourage and help Catholics to formally defect from the Church, stop the state paying hospital and school chaplains, ban compulsory public prayer, ban compulsory prayer in public schools. End the practice of people getting special privileges just because they are religious. The law needs to facilitate those who can prove they were deceived by the Church so that they can claim monies paid to the Church back through the legal system. If you pay money to the chapel thinking you are doing it for God when you are doing it for a false religion you have the right to get your money back. Those who were taught harmful doctrines as children such as hell and to keep away from Protestant Churches and so on have a right to damages.
 
CATHOLICISM MAKES TRAVESTY OF MORALITY
 
If you wish to promote evil and be good at it, you have to dress the evil up as good. Or you can do what the Catholic Church does: make good look bad or silly and have people going about claiming to be good while endorsing ideas that undermine true goodness.
 
One way the Church does this is by its ridiculous teaching. The priests try to look good while teaching the ridiculous love y our neighbour as yourself. You donít need to go that far to be a good Samaritan. The Samaritan who helped the victim of robbers in Jesusí story could have done all that for him without really valuing him as himself. Another way is by conditioning people to pretend that its morality is morality when it is anything but.
 
The moral guidance is set to fail. The Church is essentially discouraging and depressing and removes meaning from life and gives you a dreadful God that you would wish never existed.

The Church says it believes in acts of superogation. Superogation is an act you should be praised for carrying out and not blamed if you refuse to do it. It is an optional good work. An example is giving ten pence to a beggar man on the street.
 
The Catholic Church claims to have the right to worry parents who do not have their babies baptised. Nobody has the right to upset people over religious presumptions. Religion should stand for principles that do no harm if they do no good.
 
Catholics say you will go to Hell forever if you donít repent of committing murder or having sex outside marriage or having sex with contraception inside marriage. So if you murder somebody you only kill their body. But people who have sex outside marriage then kill souls by fitting them for Hell. So it follows that they are worse than murderers.
 
Catholics are expected to believe in an all-good God despite the evil and suffering in the world. Nothing, no matter how bad it is, will disprove the existence of God for them. The person who ceases to believe in God because he or she thinks there is something absurd about the concept But the person who disbelieves in God because he encounters something so evil that he cannot believe God allows it to happen Such a person is insulting the sick. He is saying, ďIf your suffering cannot be condoned, I refuse to see that. I choose to condone what I believe the God I believe in does.Ē
 
The Catholic Church brings trouble. When a religion is accompanied by so much bloodletting and child abuse and deception it is right to investigate the Church to ensure that it is not just another man-made religion. This is not done. The priests are cheating the people. The unholy nature of the Catholic Church is astonishing and there are so many faiths that have a better record when it comes to ethical behaviour. When you see that, you see that the Catholic Church cannot be the one true Church.
 
A Church that teaches such serious ideas as that we have original sin, can go to Hell forever, are chastised by God when we suffer and provides evidence that isnít good enough to back up big claims like that is deceptive. The Church says that when we do good by Godís grace, it is Godís credit not ours. This is a very serious claim and denies that we can praise ourselves for doing good and it must be a sin to be thanked. Again we need proof and its not there. Extraordinary claims demand equally extraordinary evidence. You donít say the local gossip is sincere when she claims Bernie must have had sex with the milkman when she merely sees him leaving Bernieís house. The Catholic Religion asks such serious things of those who know little about the faith and even tells them to pretend they know that the faith is true! I know more than most believers and more than many priests so they should listen to me.
 
The Christians show their true concern for others by repudiating good sense. They say that if your wife tells you something extraordinary such as that there is a bomb on the plane you donít test what she says but take her word for it. 
 
The priests would wreak havoc if they could get most or all people to listen to their rubbish and believe it. Life would not be worth living.
 
Catholic teaching is useless. It does not help in most situations eg a nosey neighbour. And we donít think about tit most of the time so what do we need a religion for?
 
It is very important that we endeavour to promote the knowledge and the facts that refute Catholicism as a faith. The Church resists such knowledge and opposes it by ignoring it or by distorting it to make it look foolish. But the truth will have an effect. The discoveries made in the past that show that Christianity is not as believable as it pretends to be and is in fact full of deceit and error and hypocrisy have slowly but surely led to the secularism and lack of interest in learning about Christianity that is so rife today.
 
Though debunking the faith is important, nothing is more important than helping the Catholic Church network and structure to collapse. Catholics tend to follow the Church more because they want to fit in with their family and neighbours more than any
 
The system keeps the truth away from the flock. The pope for example at a Bible conference is not going to highlight the facts that show that the Bible cannot be true. This is a total insult to those academics who know the truth and those who are misled to take the Bible seriously as the word of God.
 
The system is based on a sometimes moderate wish to keep away from other people and cause division. A religion for many people listed as members is about them being separate and not about faith or belief. Why be separate from others? The answer can only be that they are considered bad or inferior in some way.
 
The clergy should be prepared to take harsh criticism and are really the instigators of all the problems caused by the Catholic faith and the Catholic Church.
 
Convicted criminals and notorious liars such as Joseph Smith the founder of the Mormons will come up with holy books and some people will argue that the books must be true when they come from such a foul person. These arguments are dangerous. There is no must about it. When liars produce revelations from God we can believe they are telling the truth for once or lying. Using the arguments the Christian use, you will soon end up gullible. You will soon have to say that any fraud or liar may be believed as long as he produces a holy book of revelations from God.
 
CONCLUSION
 
The Village Atheists should shout the truth out. The Catholic priesthood is a force for evil.