Here are a few additional thoughts to the article: Why Is Anyone Still Catholic?
If this is the first time that you’ve read an article like this which exposes the corrupt acts of the Roman Catholic Church, what I’m about to say next may shock you. Because aside from what the author mentioned in her article and from the horrors of the Inquisition, there’s more.
A German Catholic bank invested in arms, tobacco and contraceptives in 2008 and I’ve only known about this for a year. If not for the Reproductive Health Bill issue, I don’t think news about this “mistake” would have reached the Philippine shores. The holy celibates apologized. Apparently they didn’t know that they invested huge sums of cash on Satan’s really evil-and-if-you-touch-it-you’re-going-to-hell products.
I thought that was the lowest low until lo and behold, news that a German Catholic church OWNS 100% of Weltbild & 50% stake of Droemer Knaur came out. Both are porn companies and Weltbild’s annual turnover is $2.4B… This church has owned the company not for a year, not even two years but for 30 years!
Oh holy hypocrisy. I am looking forward to hearing what their excuse is this time. I’ll have cheese popcorn ready because I’m sure as hell that their futile attempt to cover their asses will be hilarious.
Based on Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) 7 July 2011 records, their holdings in these corporations are now worth a whopping P18,040,238,371.80.
There are a few more minor holdings that are not included here and many more corporations can be examined. Even without touching the RCC’s real estate properties (which are surely worth many billions), and its highly profitable businesses like schools and hospitals, it is quite clear that the RCC as a church, as well as its various entities are FILTHY RICH.
– Elizabeth Angsioco
But here’s the really sickening part: they have an army of seemingly mindless church members who are ready to fight tooth and nail to defend them. I’ve encountered some who said the priests are human and after all, to err is human. Some said that all the news about the sexual abuses are nothing but black propaganda to smear mud on their holy religious institution. These people are like zombies. They choose to believe whatever the moral supremacists tell them… and that just makes me want to throw up.
I don’t have anything against religion. What gets on my nerves is the members’ choice to become sheep and cash cows to the charlatans who peddle false hopes and promises and who profit from people’s desperation, fear and gullibility. I personally wouldn’t mind living a life of delusion if only organized religion is a force for good. Sadly it is not.
Church leaders would have earned the respect of us Atheists if they have devoted their time in doing good, (really) helping the poor and giving justice to sex abuse victims instead of shoving issues under the rug and protecting their damned reputation.