There is much the pope could have said in morning’s address to Christians around the world, and much he should have. He chose instead, to ignore the groundswell of support for the every growing number of people who have suffered abuse at the hands of ‘ men of God ‘, and said nothing about it, at all. Talk about such matters has been referred to by some within the Vatican, as ” petty gossip”.
Petty gossip. Imagine that.
Think for a moment of the victims, who have bravely come forward despite their pain and suffering , only to hear all of it referred to as ‘petty gossip ‘ – and by those who had the power ( and still do) to denounce both the actions and men who perpetrated such madness against the most innocent among us all .
Tell me, if there is a God, and he is loving and just as I would expect any God to be, would he not turn his backs on those who defile everything he is alleged to represent?
I have always turned my back on organized religion,although I do believe there may be a higher power than us. However even in my darkest hours, at one notch below the bottom, it has been my faith in myself, and my children, that has guided me through.
What just and loving God would allow or condone abuse against innocent children? What God would shun a man or woman because of who they choose to love or make love to? Or accept and embrace you only if you denounce who you are inside your soul? Love and sex are both natural parts of human emotion and interaction, why must it be indoctrinated,repressed or enforced? Love is a matter of the heart, and as much a matter of faith as any religion, is it not?
There have been great atrocities and wars enacted in the name of God, yet God has little to do with the way mankind has twisted and interpreted the words written so long ago by someone whose meaning behind them we can only surmise.
All it takes is a flip around the channels early Sunday morning to see how many different interpretations of one book mankind has come up with. Damnation, burn in hell, fear, fear, fear. One evangelical minister who preaches in the very early morning hours makes God sound like a people eating monster who leaves you alone if you are ” Good” and sends you to Hell with the rest of your neighbours if you aren’t. Oh, and don’t forget to send that donation of $19.99 in at the end so the ministry can continue to live the good life. To each their own, I guess.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe everyone in this world is free to believe and practice whatever religion or form of spirituality they want. If it makes you happy, great. If it get’s you through bad times, even better. I’ve got no issue with you doing your own thing. What I do have a problem with are religious leaders – like the Pope – who millions of people look to for guidance and holy matters, turn a blind eye in what I perceive to be a clear abuse of power.
God or no God, having direct knowledge of a crime, and doing nothing ? To me, it’s just as bad as committing the crime itself. Perhaps worse, as failing to act further endangers countless numbers of other potential victims. In fact, it brings to mind the old adage… Do as I say, not as I do. Time for the Pope to do the right thing, and demonstrate his often referred to ‘modern leadership’ by making sweeping changes to one of the biggest powerhouses still operating in the free world. Anything less should be considered a sin.