Originally Posted by listopencil
I guess what is bothering me is that I have known and talked to Catholics in my life, and I don't believe that any of them would approve or condone the behavior in the least. I have had some limited exposure to the functional structure of Catholic organizations as well and I don't believe that there is anything in particular inherent in that structure that would lead to this type of behavior. I'm tempted to just write this off as the corruption that power brings, but I find that I lack intimate knowledge or understanding of the Vatican.
When I was a child, I wanted to be a priest - for a long time actually.
I spoke to a family friend who was a Monseigneur and he advised me not to become a priest. He said the seminaries were filled with sickos and homosexuals.
Men in the Seminary changed around the early 60s perhaps sooner like mid 50's, until even today - if you were friendly to tradition you were ousted. Many many lost vocations.
We have come to the culmination of the heresy of modernism
What the previous popes warned about.
As a Catholic our faith is not in the pope it is in Jesus.
The Gates of hell will not prevail - so many governments have tried to "take care" of the Catholic church. Not to say that the church is perfect as it is run by men - and what seems like for some time now some
of these men are those that have actively harmed children, hurt the faithful, and shamed the church.
The issue of abusing kids is not a strictly Catholic issue, the problem was those that wanted to harm kids found a welcome home in the Catholic seminaries and now those men are our bishops.
So many bad popes through history, but when it came to matters of the faith I trust the Holy Spirit to guide whomever is the leader of the worlds billions of Catholics.