From his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ preached his most famous words that went on to form the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church: “Turn away from wrong – confess wrong-doing”; “show compassion to the poor, the despised, the outcast”; “Be sincere, not a hypocrite”; “Love your enemies; do not hate, be reconciled”. It is from these words that the entire Catholic Faith, 1.2 billion strong, is largely based. But has the Catholic Church truly adhered to these preachings by the saviour? Would God truly be happy with the history of the Catholic Church, and the state it is in today?
If you ignore the faith aspect of the Church and instead concentrate on the history and actions the Church has taken and done then many Catholics, priests and proletariat, would advocate that the main message of Catholicism is to spread a message of love throughout the world to all of God’s children. They would proudly state that they have made the world a better place by offering shelter to those in need; during the Second World War Catholic priests and officials helped to rescue and secrete thousands of Jews in churches throughout Europe. 3000 Jews took refuge in the Pope’s own summer palace. They also sent missionaries to developing countries with education and medicine for the masses, amongst many other things.
However, the Catholic Church has committed and continues to commit atrocities which even they recognise as immoral and wrong: the crusades of the 11th Century, doctrinal anti-Semitism that existed until 1964, and the failure of the Church to intervene in Hitler’s final solution are examples of anti-Semitic atrocities alone committed by the Catholic Church. Anti-Semitism in the Church is based on the idea that Jesus – King of the Jews – was sentenced to death by those of the Jewish faith: Jews killed their Lord and so they must be punished.
Anti-Semitism aside, the Church has acted and continues to act unjustly towards women, often denying them many of their basic human rights. Men are more important than women. Women’s bodies belong to God. Furthermore, there seems to be a great deal of hypocrisy within the doctrines of the Church; they incessantly condemn homosexuals and glorify unnatural abstinence and celibacy whilst simultaneously feeling content to allow a frightening number of priests and monks to sexually abuse children; to rape minors, and then attempt to cover up their hypocrisy – to hide away rather than admit their atrocities. With their indefatigable desire to sanctify the unnatural practices of celibacy, the persecution of Jews and the ostracism of homosexuals, coupled with their deep-rooted desire to take advantage of the fearful ignorant by indoctrinating upon them apocryphal dogma and ideologies, has the Catholic Church truly been successful in spreading its message of love to every one of God’s children?
Nevertheless, good people succeed in doing good things on the grounds of their religion. The Catholic Church habitually donates...