The Roman Catholic Church does many good things, but sadly at its most recent major conference, Vatican II, its reform disposed Pope died and the Church has since been a major enemy of vital human rights, particularly those of women and gays. Manifestly women need all the protections they can get against venereal diseases. Gays should not be attacked because St. Paul proposed that they deserved death.

It looks to me as though the major problem of this church is that noted by Luther — domination by a Roman Empire model of political controls. The Times editorial below gives a whack to one of my least favorite among the political control figures. There are worse. Probably celibacy should be abandoned. It serves no particular positive purpose and has caused evils such as those noted in this editorial. There are many good Catholic scholars who have been silenced when they have spoken out, e.g. Hans Kung and John Courtney Murray, S.J. whom I included in my field text, Law and Philosophy, many years ago.

I gather that the Church is losing ground both in Europe and in Latin America, gaining in some parts of Africa. I wonder what will happen here where many good Catholics disagree with their Church on some of the issues noted above?

I leave you here with the Times editorial sentiments which demonstrate that the Church is under fire and will probably be more so publicly in the future. The current Pope is no hero of mine — only a Hitler youth and not a supporter of the Nazis as one pope was during WW II.

Enough said.

A Bishop’s Words
It is chilling to read Bishop Edward Egan’s response to the
alleged accounts of child abuse by priests in recently
released documents.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/07/opinion/07mon2.html?th&emc=th

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“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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