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.

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Comment by Gianni Versatile on November 25, 2011 at 11:12am

I know what you feel… A perfect example is padre Pio, another religious person with obscure past, with weird allegation by the people who truly knew him. Yet, he is a sensation all over Italy and elsewhere, and oh no! not dare talk against him. Last time I said something against him a few years back, my mother started to cry so blasphemous it was to simply say padre Pio was a simple man with his own objective.

It is sickening because people always praise the unknown.

Comment by trillianalice on November 25, 2011 at 11:54am

i went to Catholic school and we were taught evolution.  The Bible was not taken literally.  Many of the stories were parables, Catholics did not take the Bible literally.  The birth control thing well that was something they really believed in.  I am just thankful I did receive a fantastic science education at my Catholic school.  Not like the Fundamentalist and Evangelical Christians, who do not count Catholics as Christians anyway.  So no young earth or six day creation.


Also, Mary was elevated to a special place because pagans would not give up worshiping a female figure so that is how Mary became so important since every other female is practically a demon.

Comment by Ceci on November 26, 2011 at 6:34am

i've been writing for the whole morning to answer to your very interesting comments, but i clicked on a link by mistake and lost everything... i must begin to write my answers on a word file, or i'll go mad. i'll try to rewrite it later.

Comment by _Robert_ on January 2, 2013 at 7:55am

9 out of 10 stigmata fakers recommend carbolic acid to cause non-healing bleeding wounds. Funny how not one of the dozens of cases of stigmata has ever been substantiated.

The founder of Milan's Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, friar, physician and psychologist Agostino Gemelli, who met Padre Pio once, for a few minutes, but was unable to examine his stigmata,concluded Padre Pio was "an ignorant and self-mutilating psychopath who exploited people's credulity.

Vallely, Paul (2002-06-17). "Vatican makes a saint of the man it silenced". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2008-01-20

Comment by Ceci on February 14, 2013 at 12:30pm
yes, really funny!
Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on December 23, 2014 at 4:23pm

If only we had a Catholic Apologist to help us out :-)

Comment by Belle Rose on December 23, 2014 at 4:54pm
Ahem....Dr BOB!!!!!

Lol.....where is the guy when you need him :)
Comment by Dr. Bob on December 26, 2014 at 9:05pm

Sorry, what?  Did someone call?

End of semester is a busy time.  You give students these exam things and then you actually have to grade them.

I confess I sort of lost @Ceci's argument about half way through.  It's unclear whether she likes that priests and others believe in evolution and teach good science or whether she wants the Vatican to stomp them out with Central Authority in order to be more Catholic or something.  St. Francis of Assisi was a good guy, St. Francis should have been stomped out because allowing a good guy just means that those nasty Catholics are out to make people love them.  etc. etc.

It's an amusing rant. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on December 27, 2014 at 2:13am

Reg, will a Catholic anti-apologist do?

As I read Ceci's rant I wondered:

1) if Irishers or Hispanics dominated the Catholicism she knew, and

2) how Vatican maledom will dispose of the issues stirred up by the Nuns on the Bus.

I went to Catholic schools in the 1930s and 1940s in Ohio where the Irish gave Catholicism a hard edge. In the 1980s a Catholic woman in San Francisco told me the Hispanics softened the edge.

My experience in Catholic schools has me telling all who will listen that I want the law to treat indoctrinating children into religion as child abuse. Teachers and children differ so much in age and experience that the term "bullying" describes well what happens in religion classes.

Comment by Davis Goodman on December 27, 2014 at 3:37am

I would call it psychopathic but I think only a small majority of nuns enjoy bullying little children, insulting them, hitting them (now in third world countries), terrorizing them with images of hell and making them feel worthless and stupid. I would say the rest do it out of a real love and concern with their soul, education, well being etc.

It's difficult to fight child abuse when so much of it is sugar coated with sincere loving intentions. I look forward to the day when this sick cavity inducing sugar coating will wash away and it will be seen more clearly by more people for the abuse that it is.


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