When I was serving in uniform I had some friends who were Southern Baptists. They told me they had problems with the Catholic Church. Since I was one of the few Catholics they had become friendly with they used to tell me that the Church was the anti-Christ that was intended to bring the Devil to power. I’d defend it and we’d go back and forth on the matter. One thing they used to say which I brushed off easily was that the nuns in the Church were there for the benefit of the priests. The convents were like brothels that the priest could visit. They maintained that was the only way priests could avoid marriage as well as nuns and still gain sexual satisfaction.
I found their ideas preposterous and told them that. They’d ask me if I thought the communion host contained the actual body and blood of Christ. When I said I did they’d tell me how the hosts had been chemically analyzed and neither blood or flesh was there. The church seemed to intrigue them but what they learned about it seemed to me nothing but black lies.
Imagine then, my surprise to learn there was indeed sexual relations ongoing between priests and nuns. On the plane back from his visit to Abu Dhabi this past week it was reported the Pope said “he was committed to stopping the abuse of nuns by priests and bishops, some of whom had used the women as sex slaves.”
The first thing to note that it is ongoing if he is planning to stop it. How long has it been ongoing? Were my military buddies right? What is going on inside the Church one has to wonder when the Pope admits not only priests but bishops as well are using nuns as sex slaves? This is happening at the same time the scandals of priests abusing children is shown to have happened for many years ane that it was covered up. Now we see they were abusing nuns although nothing seems to have been made of that.
Imagine a Church set up by the Devil. What are some of the things that Satan would have his priests and bishops doing? Would they be any different than what is going on.
How bad is it? Poor Pope Francis was left to say: “It is true … there have been priests and even bishops who have done this. I think it is still going on because something does not stop just because you have become aware of it. We have been working on this for a long time. We have suspended some priests because of this.” The article noted , “the Vatican was in the process of shutting down a female religious order because of sexual abuse and corruption. He did not name it.” (my emphasis) Closing down the female order seems to be blaming the victims for being abused. The priests seem to get a pass.
The Pope went on, “I can’t say ‘this does not happen in my house.’ It is true. Do we have to do more? Yes. Are we willing? Yes,” It isn’t doing more, it is stopping it. But maybe things are so bad in the Church, the corruption so endemic, that even the Pope cannot prevail against these evil forces. The article went on to point out that in 2005 right after he became Pope, Benedict shut down a religious order of women who had become sex slaves. Prior to becoming Pope as Cardinal he had tried to shut it down but he was blocked in his effort.
How could it be that at the highest levels of the Vatican when a cardinal tries to shut down what seems to amount to a brothel he is blocked? Who blocked him?
The disclosures about the Church must have all thinking Catholics wondering whose Church is it? Jesus or the Devil.