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Getting it Monsterously Wrong

Posted in Uncategorized by Rodibidably on February 13, 2009

[Originally posted at: The Good Atheist]

A few weeks ago, i wrote an article calling for Catholics to abandon the church in light of the recent news that Pope Benedict XVI was behind the cover up of child abuse scandals. Obviously, I didn’t actually think that any Catholics would hear me out. I mean, I am a filthy heathen after all. I’m finding it difficult, however, to stay silent for long about the general attitude some Catholics are having about the revelation that corruption runs at such high levels. Here is a journalist who claims that some things are best if they stay hidden (the article itself is called “How much truth is too much truth”).

Rob Dreher used to be a Catholic, but after studying all the facts, it was too difficult for him to go on. It’s why he states that he is intentionally ignoring any bad news that might come his way about his new church, The Orthodox Church in America. He had to; the church came under investigation in autumn of 2005 for embezzlement of church funds.

Rob believes that society needs powerful institutions in order to function properly, and that the most important thing is to not allow cynicism and mistrust erode people’s faith in those institutions. His call for “selective blindness” not only baffles me; I find it personally insulting to be told that human beings are simply unable to make decisions for themselves, favoring instead the guidance of corrupt church leaders.

[Read the rest of this post at: The Good Atheist]

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  1. Church Fraud Resources said, on July 18, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    The people involved in organized religion are humans, and even the best intentioned people are susceptible to giving in to temptation. The only reason embezzlement is more noticeable in the church is because of the ethics the leadership claim to cling to. People arent surprised by CEO’s who embezzle, because they never claimed to adhere to any higher standard. Sadly, fraud is even more easily managed in a church setting because there is often a largely trust-based system of management, where the finances may be handled completely by one individual who has almost no checks and balances keeping them honest.
    I dont say this to absolve the individuals who give in, defrauding those who trust them, but I think that churches, like any organization should seek the help of experts when dealing with their finances. There are many great resources available to those church leaders who care to look. One I know of is called Weeds in the Garden, offering advice, resources and an online questionnaire to determine the safety of your church finances. Just because people have good intentions, there is no reason to blindly trust someone to the point of setting them up to defraud you.

    • Jeff Randall said, on July 18, 2010 at 11:30 PM

      When some person, or some organization, claims to speak for an all powerful, all knowing deity, they deserve to be held to a higher standard than the rest of us mere mortals

    • Skepdude said, on July 20, 2010 at 9:23 AM

      CEOs do not pretend to hold the keys to morality; they do not proclaim to be teachers of morality. When was the last time you heard Pepsi’s CEO say “Without Pepsi there can be no morals?” Think about that before you try to justify your beloved church. If the people in the church are “just humans” then fine, give up your tax-exempt status, give up your claims to a direct line to god, give up your claims to morality. Only then can you say “c’mon, they’re just humans”. Until then, nice try!


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