Yesterday night I was watching on YouTube Bill Maher's documentary, "Religulous", and as soon as his research began to deal with the catholic world, I shook my head and told myself "Catholicism... What a con".
Probably many of those who have watched that film remained surprised to hear that monks can be not against homosexuality ("My Bible says that gays must be happy as the others"), or that the Vatican has its own priests-scientists who absolutely accept evolution and empirical facts, distinguishing them from their spiritual faith, or even that there are priests who laugh at old fashion catechism teachings and disagree about the Pope's wealth. Yeah, gimme five, bro', I'm a fuckin' cool catholic priest.
The question is: is it possible? Are catholics so open minded compared with the other christian believers shown in that documentary?
Of course yes, there are catholic priests who are really convinced about those facts, and they are not a few. But, first of all, they won't ever be powerful or really influential within the Church. They are usually admired and esteemed within common people (both belivers and non-believers), especially by the youth; but they are quite always left by their own by the Vatican: do you remember the murdered Archbishop Romero? And what about Liberation Theology's priests? Italy is full of clergymen like those ones too, and they are very popular and loved by people. So that’s the point: PEOPLE LOVE THEM.
This is the big cheat of the Catholic Church: it deceives you, letting you think that whatever your beliefs are, it's ok. And many catholic believers are very proud of this fact. Do you think that the world was created in 7 days? Awesome! If it works for you, you're welcome. Do you believe in the so-called Intelligent Design? Great, you rock! Do you think that you must convert everyone with a sword or a rifle to your religion? C'mon, let's do it together! Do you think that god manifests himself in many different ways? Just like that, and peace and love, my friend. Do you think that homosexuals are sick? Of course they are, those pitiful perverted sinners. Do you think they are equal to everybody else? You're right, He loves us the way we are. Do you wish you could make the Vatican burn in flames because that's not how Jesus expected his church to be? Splendid, make yourself at home, and call me if you need some help. Do you think that Mary wasn't actually a "virgin"? So sharp! You're an enlightened catholic! And so on.
The Pope (not only the current one), namely catholics' Boss, every Sunday speaks with eloquent words from his window. But, hypocritically, he allows dissident priests to be "good shepherds" in his Church. Why do they pursue this contradiction? Just because it is convenient: the more people the Church embraces, the more powerful it is, no matter the rest. Nothing new under the sun, they have realized this fact in the 13th Century when the Church had to face the problem of the fey Francis of Assisi: they discovered that they could even save their face permitting such an "heresy", because they could have at their disposal a poor and good side of the Church that followed Jesus’ lesson and without getting their hands dirty. What is more, believers seem to be happy about these freaks, so let’s give ‘em a chance! And what about sending missionaries all over the world to evangelize the poor? Ooooh, so caring! It will surely work.
Are you surprised? I’m not. After all, they are “the villains”: they’re just acting the way they are supposed to act. What I really don’t understand, indeed, is why dissident clergymen, who are so unhappy about the Vatican’s behaviour, persist in being catholic priests: if they think the Church it isn’t a good representation of Jesus’ will, why are they still working for it? Why are they still working within it? Isn’t it a contradiction too? Yes, it is, like whatever has to deal with religion. Despite being them completely odd, I find more coherent who trusts in each line of the Holy Bible, rather than being admired by a sham open-minded church that is attempting to be the one to suit everybody’s fancy, and that modifies itself like a virus, depending on the century it’s living in. All thing considered, every other western Christian religion, like Mormonism, is so evidently outdated, odd and stupid, that their believers are supposed to become necessarily atheists, sooner or later.
So kids, if you don’t want to be ripped off, beware of catholic smart asses.